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The SAML standard facilitates secure exchange authentication and authorization information, so users are allowed to login to the Atlassian products through third party identity providers.


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SAML is flexible and widespread solution for single sign-on. It offers the ability to identify users in your Atlassian server products via practically any SAML 2.0 identity provider on the web. And there are probably thousands of these services. We have prepared wizard support and guides for the top 10-15 most common, but you should be able to use any SAML 2.0 compliant IdP.

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It is perfectly fine to combine SAML with other SSO mechanisms such as Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA / Kerberos). In such a combination, IWA provides password-free login experiences when the user is present at his desktop machine on the office, while SAML enable the user to log in when they on the run outside the office or when accessing from cellphones or other non-Kerberos compatible devices.

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