Okta group types

This table lists the Okta group types.

Group Type

Description

Native Okta groups

Before you connect Okta to applications or other resources, you can create groups in your Okta org. The default group Everyone contains all users in your Okta org.

To manage your Okta groups, sign in to your Okta Admin Console and click Directory > Groups.

Active Directory groups

Active Directory (AD) is the most common source for groups. Nearly every business of significant size uses an AD instance to manage users. You can use the Okta AD agent integrate your AD instance with Okta.

Note: Okta does not support Domain Local Groups containing members from multiple domains. We do support Universal Security Groups with cross-domain membership if there is a two-way trust established between the domains. Universal Security Groups do not support cross-forest membership.

LDAP groups You can use the Okta LDAP agent to import groups from LDAP-compliant Windows and Unix servers.
Application groups

Some applications have groups that you can import into Okta. The ability to import these groups depends on whether or not the groups can be accessed through an API and if the application has been integrated with Okta. These are a few of the applications that support group import:

  • Box
  • Google Apps
  • Jira
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Workday