About Profile Masters

A profile masterA profile master is an application (usually a directory service such as Active Directory, or human capital management system such as Workday) that acts as a source of truth for user profile attributes. A user can only be mastered by a single application or directory at any one time. For more details, see Using the Okta People Page. is an application (a directory service like Active Directory or LDAP, or an HR-management appAn abbreviation of application. Essentially, it is a web-based site used to perform any number of specific tasks, and requires authentication from end users by signing in. such as Workday) that can act as the "source of truth" for user identities. Once enabled from the app/directory's Provisioning tab, it appears in the list of profile masters on the Profile Masters page. Without the inclusion of any external profile “master”, all profiles are mastered by Okta.

Profile masters are powerful tools that can potentially manage the entire life cycle (creation, updates, and deactivation) of an Okta user. Admins leveraging Workday, for example, can allow Okta to receive user creation, updates, and termination events from Workday.

The following apps and directories are available for profile mastering:

Note: Okta is periodically adding profile master capabilities to an expanding number of apps and directories.