Integrate with GitLab

Use JumpCloud SAML Single Sign On (SSO) to give your users convenient but secure access to all their web applications with a single set of credentials. Integrate your JumpCloud account with GitLab through an Identity Management Connector. After you connect JumpCloud with GitLab, you can provision, and deprovision users in GitLab through your JumpCloud Administrator Portal. Leverage this integration for centralized user lifecycle management and get immediate attribute management of users bound to integrated applications.

Read this article to learn how to configure the GitLab Integration.

Prerequisites

  • A JumpCloud administrator account.
  • JumpCloud SSO Package or higher or SSO add-on feature.
  • You must have GitLab SaaS. This is functionality is not available with GitLab self-managed.
  • You need to have a GitLab Silver account or higher.
  • Access to modify the GitLab server per this article.
  • Your GitLab domain and Server URL

Important Considerations

  • Group SSO must be enabled for the group. For more information, see SCIM setup documentation.
  • SAML SSO is not supported at the subgroup level.
  • If you delete an integrated GitLab application from your Applications list, the application is removed from JumpCloud, but any previously bound users remain active in GitLab. These users will be able log in to GitLab with the password they used prior to enablement of SSO to the GitLab application from your JumpCloud account.
  • If you deactivate the Identity Management on your GitLab application, previously bound users remain active in GitLab and able to authenticate using SSO. No further updates will be made to user accounts via the Identity Management integration.
  • If you need to update your token, you must deactivate the IdM integration, update the token, and then reactivate the IdM integration.
  • Account takeovers are not supported. For more information on this take a look here.
  • If a user is unable to sign in look here.
  • New users provisioned from JumpCloud will receive an email invitation from GitLab.
  • When de-provisioning users, the users are removed from the GitLab group. De-provisioning does not delete the user account.
  • Currently, you can’t update users in GitLab with our Identity Management Connector.
  • If a user’s password expires in JumpCloud, their account becomes suspended and they are deactivated in all applications that have Identity Management configured and, are associated to them. Once the user’s password is updated, the account and previously associated applications are reactivated.

Attribute Considerations

  • A default set of attributes are managed for users. See the Attribute Mappings section for more details.
  • The username and email should match.
  • GitLab generates the username attribute from the JumpCloud user email.

Creating a new JumpCloud Application Integration

  1. Log in to the JumpCloud Admin Portal.
  2. Navigate to USER AUTHENTICATION SSO Applications.
  3. Click + Add New Application.
  4. Type the name of the application in the Search field and select it.
  5. Click Next.
  6. In the Display Label, type your name for the application. Optionally, you can enter a Description, adjust the User Portal Image and choose to hide or Show in User Portal.

Note:

If this is a Bookmark Application, enter your sign-in URL in the Bookmark URL field.

  1. Click Save Application.
  2. If successful, click:
    • Configure Application and go to the next section.
    • Close to configure your new application at a later time.

Configuring the SSO Integration

To configure JumpCloud

  1. Create a new application or select it from the Configured Applications list.
  2. Select the SSO tab.
  3. Replace any instances of YOURDOMAIN.com and YOUR_GITLAB_SERVER_URL with your GitLab values.
  4. Click save.

Download the certificate

  1. Find your application in the Configured Applications list and click anywhere in the row to reopen its configuration window.
  2. Select the SSO tab and click IDP Certificate Valid > Download certificate.

Tip:

The certificate.pem will download to your local Downloads folder.

To configure GitLab

  1. Log in to Gitlab.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Search or go to and find your group.
  3. Select Settings > SAML SSO.
  4. Enter the following information:
    • Identity provider single sign-on URL – copy and paste the JumpCloud IDP URL.
    • Certificate fingerprint field – enter the SHA-1 fingerprint for the certificate downloaded in the previous section.

Tip:

See Generate Custom Certificate and Private Key Pairs for instructions on determining your certificate fingerprint.

  1. In the Default membership role field, select the role to assign to new users. The default role is Guest. That role becomes the starting role of all users added to the group:
    • In GitLab 13.3 and later, group Owners can set a default membership role other than Guest.
    • In GitLab 16.7 and later, group Owners can set a custom role as the default membership role.
  2. Select Enable SAML authentication for this group.
  3. Optionally, you can select:
    • Enforce SSO-only authentication for web activity for this group.
    • Enforce SSO-only authentication for Git activity for this group. For more information, see the SSO enforcement documentation.
  4. Click Save changes.

Authorizing User SSO Access

Users are implicitly denied access to applications. After you connect an application to JumpCloud, you need to authorize user access to that application. You can authorize user access from the Application Configuration panel or from the Groups Configuration panel. 

To authorize user access from the Application Configuration panel

  1. Log in to the JumpCloud Admin Portal.
  2. Go to USER AUTHENTICATION > SSO Applications, then select the application to which you want to authorize user access.
  3. Select the User Groups tab. If you need to create a new group of users, see Get Started: User Groups.
  4. Select the check box next to the group of users you want to give access.
  5. Click save

To learn how to authorize user access from the Groups Configuration panel, see Authorize Users to an SSO Application.

Validating SSO authentication workflow(s)

IdP Initiated

  • Access the JumpCloud User Console.
  • Select the application’s tile.
  • The application will launch and login the user.

SP Initiated

  • Navigate to your Service Provider application URL.
  • You will be redirected to log in to the JumpCloud User Portal.
  • The browser will be redirected back to the application and be automatically logged in.

Configuring the Identity Management Integration

To configure GitLab

  1. On the top bar, select Main menu > Groups and find your group.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Settings > SAML SSO.
  3. Select Generate a SCIM token.
  4. Copy the:
    • Token from the Your SCIM token field.
    • URL from the SCIM API endpoint URL field.

To configure JumpCloud

  1. Create a new application or select it from the Configured Applications list.
  2. Select the Identity Management tab.
  3. Click Configure.
  4. You are presented with two fields:
    • Base URL – enter the SCIM API endpoint URL copied in the previous section.
    • Token Key – enter the SCIM token generated in the previous section.
  5. Click Activate and if successful, click save.
  6. You will receive a confirmation that the Identity Management integration has been successfully verified.

Attribute Mappings

The following table lists attributes that JumpCloud sends to the application. See Attribute Considerations for more information regarding attribute mapping considerations. 

Learn about JumpCloud Properties and how they work with system users in our API

GitLab User Attributes

JumpCloud Property JumpCloud UI SCIM v2 Mapping GitLab Value
email Company Email emails: value email
email Company Email userName userName
firstname/lastname Fist Name/Las Name name.formatted name.formatted
firstname First Name name.givenName name.givenName
lastname Last Name name.familyName name.familyName
email Email id* extern_uid
email Email externalId* extern_uid

Importing Users

This functionality is helpful if users have already been created in the application but have not been created in JumpCloud.

  1. Log in to the JumpCloud Admin Portal.
  2. Go to USER AUTHENTICATION > SSO Applications.
  3. Search for the application and click to open its configuration panel. 
  4. Select the Identity Management tab.
  5. Click manual import.
  6. Select the users you want to create in JumpCloud from the application from the list of users that appear. Users in the list have two import statuses:
    • New – user has not been imported.
    • Imported – user has been imported and has an account in JumpCloud.

Tip: Try using the New Users-only filter when selecting users to import. This will move all of your new users to the top of the list, making them easier to identify and select.

  1. Click import.
    • If you are importing less than 100 users, your import results will display in real time and you can continue onboarding your users. 
    • If you have more than 100 users being imported, JumpCloud will send you an email when your import is complete.
  1. You can now connect and grant users access to all their JumpCloud resources. Learn more in the Authorize Users to an Application and Connecting Users to Resources articles.

Warning: Imported users must be members of a user group bound to an application for JumpCloud to manage their identity in, and access to, the application.

SCIM Directory Insights Events

The following Directory Insights (DI) events provide visibility into failures and detailed information about the user and group data being added or updated from HR or other external solutions to JumpCloud.

Note:

Customers with no package or the SSO Package will need to add the Directory Insights à la carte option. Directory Insights is included in all other packages.

SCIM DI Integration Events

Event Name Event Description
idm_integration_activate Logged when an IT admin attempts to activated new SCIM Identity Management integration.
idm_integration_update Logged when an IT admin attempts to update a configured and activated SCIM Identity Management integration.
idm_integration_reauth Logged when an IT admin attempts to change the credentials for an activated SCIM Identity Management integration.
idm_integration_delete Logged when an IT admin attempts to deactivate an activated SCIM Identity Management integration.

SCIM DI User Events

Event Name Event Description
user_create_provision Logged when JumpCloud tries to create a new user in service provider application.
user_update_provision Logged when JumpCloud tries to update an existing user in service provider application.
user_deprovision Logged when JumpCloud tries to change an existing user to inactive in the service provider application.
user_delete_provision Logged when JumpCloud tries to delete an existing user in service provider application.
user_lookup_provision Logged when JumpCloud encounters an issue when trying to lookup a user to determine if the user needs to be created or updated.

SCIM DI Group Events

Event Name Event Description
group_create_provision Logged when JumpCloud tries to create a new group in service provider application.
group_update_provision Logged when JumpCloud tries to update an existing group in service provider application.
group_delete_provision Logged when JumpCloud tries to delete an existing group in service provider application.

Removing the Integration

Important:

These are steps for removing the integration in JumpCloud. Consult your SP's documentation for any additional steps needed to remove the integration in the SP. Failure to remove the integration successfully for both the SP and JumpCloud may result in users losing access to the application.

To deactivate the IdM Integration

  1. Log in to the JumpCloud Admin Portal.
  2. Go to USER AUTHENTICATION > SSO Applications.
  3. Search for the application that you’d like to deactivate and click to open its details panel. 
  4. Under the company name and logo on the left hand panel, click the Deactivate IdM connection link.
  5. Click confirm
  6. If successful, you will receive a confirmation message.

To deactivate the SSO Integration

  1. Log in to the JumpCloud Admin Portal.
  2. Go to USER AUTHENTICATION > SSO Applications.
  3. Search for the application that you’d like to deactivate and click to open its details panel. 
  4. Select the SSO tab.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the configuration.
  6. Click Deactivate SSO or Deactivate Bookmark
  7. Click save
  8. If successful, you will receive a confirmation message.

To delete the application

  1. Log in to the JumpCloud Admin Portal.
  2. Go to USER AUTHENTICATION > SSO Applications.
  3. Search for the application that you’d like to delete.
  4. Check the box next to the application to select it.
  5. Click Delete.
  6. Enter the number of the applications you are deleting
  7. Click Delete Application.
  8. If successful, you will see an application deletion confirmation notification.

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