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Provisioning Users with Okta (SCIM)

You can use Okta's SCIM integration to provision Harness users and User Groups (which confer role-based access permissions).

Review: Harness Okta SCIM Integration

By using Okta as your identity provider, you can efficiently provision and manage your organization's users in Harness. Harness' SCIM integration enables Okta to serve as a single identity manager for adding and removing users, and for provisioning User Groups. This is especially efficient for managing large numbers of users.

In exchange for the convenience of Okta-provisioned users and groups, you must configure several aspects of Okta, as described in the following sections. You will also have restrictions on modifying Okta-provisioned users and groups natively within Harness, as described in Limitations.

Features Supported

Once you set up the SCIM integration between Okta and Harness (as described below), Administrators will be able to perform the following Harness actions within Okta:

Review: Harness and Okta Requirements

To provision Harness users via Okta, you must be an Administrator in your Okta account, and must have the Account Administrator role in Harness.

Step 1: ​Add Harness App to Okta​

To start, you must add a Harness app to your Okta account, as follows:

  1. From your Okta user home page, select Add Apps at upper right.

  2. Use the search field to locate the Harness app.

  3. Click Add, and look for the confirmation message. Your Harness app is now set up in Okta. Next, you're ready to authorize it.

Step 2: Authorize Okta Integration

Follow these steps to authorize the integration between your Okta app (configured just above) and Harness:

  1. Log into your Harness account.
  2. In Harness Manager's address bar, copy the Harness account ID in your Harness URL.

The Harness account ID comes after account in the URL.

For example, in the following URL, the account ID is 1a2b3c:

  1. Add your account ID to the end of the following URL:<account_ID>For Harness On-Prem, the URL will use your custom domain name. For example, if your On-Prem domain name is<account_ID>

  2. Copy the full URL.

  3. From your Okta user home page, select Admin at upper right.

  4. From the resulting Dashboard, select Applications > Applications.

  5. Locate your Okta app, and select it.

  6. In your Okta app, select the Provisioning tab, at the top, and select the Integration tab at left. Then click Edit.

  7. Click the Enable API Integration check box.

  8. As shown below, paste the account number into the Base URL field, using this format:<account_ID>

  9. In Harness Manager, create an API key, following the instructions in API Keys. Make sure this key's permissions are inherited from the Account Administrator User Group with Manage User and User Groups permissions, as shown here:

  10. Copy your new API key's value to the clipboard (using the instructions at the above link).

  11. In Okta, paste the key's value into the API**Token field. Okta will include this Bearer** token with API requests to Harness, to authenticate those requests.

  12. Click Test API Credentials.

  13. When the test is successful, click Save.

  14. Click To App at left. The Provisioning tab will now look something like this:

  15. Click Edit at top right, then select Enable beside the Create Users, Update User Attributes, and Deactivate Users options.

  16. Click Save.

Your Okta app is now authorized with Harness. Next, you must edit the default Attribute Mappings, so as to properly map users' fields from Okta to Harness.

Option 1: Edit Attribute Mappings

To edit your app's field mappings between Okta and Harness:

  1. On the Provisioning tab, scroll down to [Your App Name] Attribute Mappings:

  2. Remove all rows except these six: Username (cannot be deleted), Given name, Family name, Primary email, Primary email type, and Display name.

  3. Edit the Given name attribute's row. Clicking its pencil icon opens this dialog:

  4. Change the Given name attribute value from the default firstName to displayName. Then click Save: Your Attribute Mappings section should now look like this: At this point, your integration setup is complete. You can now assign this app to users and/or groups, which will provisioning those users/groups in Harness.

Where email addresses in Okta are mixed-case, this integration converts them to all-lowercase in Harness.

Option 2: Create Users

This option directly assigns your Harness app to individual (existing) Okta users, thereby provisioning the users in Harness. Then, within Harness Manager, you will be free to add these users to Harness User Groups. To assign users:

  1. Start on Okta's Assignments tab, and select People at left.

  2. Select Assign > Assign to People.

  3. In this modal, select a user and click Assign.

  4. In the modal's second page, click Save and Go Back.

  5. Repeat the preceding steps to assign other users. Once you've assigned all intended users, click Done. Users with the Harness app assignment now appear on the People tab.

You can use the two buttons at right to edit a user's details, or to remove a user from the app. Removing a user here removes them from Harness.

Option 3: Assign Groups

This option assigns the Harness app to Okta-defined groups of users.

You will not be able to modify these users' group assignments in Harness Manager—only in Okta. If you want to preserve the option to modify User Group assignments within Harness Manager, instead use the Assign/Remove Users option.To assign groups:

  1. From Okta's Assignments tab, select Assign > Assign to Groups.

  2. From this modal's list of existing groups, click Assign beside the group you want to assign.

  3. You can normally ignore these resulting fields, and simply click Save and Go Back:

  4. Repeat the preceding steps to assign other groups. Once you've assigned all intended groups, click Done. Users with the Harness app assignment now appear on the Groups tab.

Next, you must use Push Groups, to provision these assigned groups as Harness User Groups.

Group Push to Harness

To provision your app's assigned groups in Harness:

  1. Select Okta's Push Groups tab, then select Push Groups > Find Groups by Name:

  2. In the resulting form, search for the group(s) you want to provision:

  3. Click to select a matching group, then pull down Create Group and select its top Create Group option:

  4. Once the group is added, click Save: The group now appears on Okta's Push Groups tab: The corresponding User Group now also appears in Harness' User Groups:

Option 4: Update User Attributes

You can edit a user's profile in Okta to update the following attribute values for the corresponding user in Harness:

  • Given name
  • Family name
  • Primary email
  • Primary email type
  • Display name

To update user attributes:

  1. From Okta's top menu, select Directory > People.

  2. Locate the user you want to edit, and click their name to display their profile.

  3. Click the Profile tab, then click the Edit button.

  4. Update desired attributes in the fields shown below, then click Save.

Only the five fields listed at the top of this section will be synced to Harness users. You can update values in other fields, but those values will be saved for this user only in Okta. They won't be reflected in Harness.

Deactivate Users

You can deactivate users in Okta to delete their Harness accounts, as follows:

  1. From Okta's top menu, select Directory > People, then navigate to the user you want to deactivate.

  2. From that user's profile, select More Actions > Deactivate.

  3. Click Deactivate in the resulting confirmation dialog.

Deactivating a user removes them from all their provisioned apps, including Harness. While a user account is deactivated, you cannot make changes to it.

However, as shown below, you can reactivate users by clicking Activate on their profile page. Once they're reactivated, you can restore their Harness account) by reassigning the Harness app to them.


This integration does not support updating a configured user's Primary email or Username in Okta. (However, you can freely update the Display name field.)

When you provision Harness User Groups and users from Okta, you will not be able to modify some of their attributes in Harness Manager. You must do so in Okta.

Operations that you cannot perform on Okta-provisioned User Groups within Harness Manager are:

  • Managing users within the User Group.
  • Adding users to the User Group.
  • Removing users from the User Group.
  • Renaming the User Group.
  • Cloning the User Group.
  • Deleting the User Group.

If a User Group provisioned from Okta duplicates the name of an existing Harness User Group, Harness will maintain both groups. To prevent confusion, you are free to rename the native User Group (but not the Okta-provisioned group).

Where a User Group has been provisioned from Okta, you cannot use Harness Manager to edit the member users' details (Email Address, Full Name, or User Groups assignments).

You must use Okta to assign these users to other User Groups (to grant corresponding permissions). You must also use Okta to delete these users from Harness, by removing them from the corresponding Okta app.

When you use Okta to directly assign users to Harness, those users initially have no User Group assignments in Harness. With this method, you are free to use Harness Manager to add and modify their User Group assignments.

Migrating to Okta SCIM from Okta SAML

To migrate, first you will mirror the SCIM group in Harness, as described in this topic. Next, you will delink the old SAML group in Harness.

If you currently use SAML authentication with Harness, your existing Harness User Groups are linked with Okta groups. Typically, the Harness User Goups and the Okta groups have different names.

When you migrate to the Okta SCIM authorization, the group names will be the exact same.

Once the Okta SCIM group Okta_group_Harness_Administrator is automatically created in Harness, it has no permissions. You can mirror permissions between the two user groups either manually or through the Harness API.

Once the user group between Okta SCIM and Harness are the same, delink the User Group that is linked using Okta SAML authentication. The mirrored Okta SCIM group is now managed by Okta SCIM.

Assigning Permissions Post-Provisioning

Permissions can be assigned manually or via the Harness API: