Manage User Profiles

Universal Directory (UD) is a platform that delivers rich user profiles and fine-grained control over how attributes flow between applications. This enhancement makes it easier for organizations to create and maintain a single source of truth for its users, enabling new authentication and provisioning scenarios. Profile Editor is the interface through which you can make changes to UD.

With UD and Profile Editor, you can:
  • Store rich profiles of user attributes in Okta.
  • Customize these profiles with custom attributes.
  • Bi-directionally map and move attributes from Okta and applications.
  • Transform attributes prior to storing or moving with a powerful expression language.

These capabilities enable you to do the following:

Warning: Universal Directory and the accompanying Profile Editor features are very powerful options. The alteration of profiles and mappings can have unintended effects in downstream apps — please be cautious when making such changes. Note that when an attribute in a user's profile triggers an update, Okta updates the user's entire profile in the application.

Using Universal Directory

The following explains UD features, configuration of features, and use-cases. Topics include

Profiles (Okta End User and App User)

UD introduces profiles, representations of user accounts. In particular, UD supports two types of profiles: the Okta End User profile, and the App user profile. The two profile types are used to store rich attributes in Okta and move rich attributes from Okta to 3rd-party apps.

Use the Profile Editor to view or modify these profiles: Directory > Profile Editor.

Rich SAML Assertions and WS-Fed Claims

UD attributes can be sent in SAML assertions and WS-Fed claims. Apps can consume rich SAML assertions and WS-Fed claims to do the following:

  • Create rich user accounts in the app
  • Update accounts with rich data
  • Make fine-grained authorization decisions

Configure Rich SAML Assertions and WS-Fed Claims

Currently, only the App Integration Wizard, Template WS-Fed and Template SAML 2.0 can send UD data.

Note: The Template SAML 2.0 is deprecated.

To configure this:

  1. Add the App Integration Wizard, Template WS-Fed or Template SAML 2.0.
  2. Locate the attribute statements field.
    • Labeled Attribute Statements in the App Integration Wizard
    • Labeled Custom Attribute Statements in the Template WS-Fed App
    • Labeled Attribute Statements in the Template SAML 2.0 App
  3. Enter UD attributes in the attribute statements field.
    For information about the attribute statements field, see Mapping Active Directory, LDAP, and Workday Values in a Template SAML or WS Fed Applications and Using the App Integration Wizard.
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