Okta browser plugin overview

The Okta Browser Plugin enables you to automatically sign into applications that would otherwise require you to manually enter your credentials (e.g., applications that do not support SAML or a direct form POST to a URL). Using the plugin enables you to use SSO for a broader range of applications.


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Download the Okta Browser Plugin

Use the table below to download the appropriate plugin version for your browser. For help installing, refer to our plugin installation guide.

Browser Download
Chrome End users are redirected to the Chrome Store.
Safari End users need to install the Okta Extension App from the Mac App Store.

Once installed, the app can be found in the Applications folder or opened from the app store. When the app is opened, the user will see a successful installation message in a new window. Click Open Safari in the window to start using the app in Safari.

Firefox End users are redirected to the Firefox Browser Add-ons Store.
Internet Explorer Download directly in the Okta End User Dashboard.

Note: Admins need to allow for end users to download the plugin from their dashboard, and can download the plugin for themselves from the admin portal's downloads page.

See Configure the Okta Browser Plugin settings.

Edge Depending on their browser, end users are redirected to the Legacy Edge Store or Chromium-based Edge Store.

How the Okta Browser Plugin works

When end users start an app from their Okta End User Dashboard, a new browser tab opens to the app's URL. The plugin uses an encrypted SSL connection to obtain authentication information and other required information from Okta, and then applies that information to the page. The plugin does not store their credentials after authentication is complete.

To enhance security, the plugin only works with trusted and verified sites. If end users have not installed the Okta Browser Plugin but have one or more applications on their end-user dashboard that require it, they see a notification on the dashboard along with a link to install the plugin.

See Okta Browser Plugin: Security Features.

The plugin is updated frequently. End users are prompted to install the latest version if necessary.

See Okta Browser Plugin: Version History.

What you can do with the Okta Browser Plugin

The Okta Browser Plugin provides the following functionality:

Automatically sign in to apps

If end users navigate directly to the sign-in page of an Okta-enabled SWA app, the Okta plugin automatically inserts their credentials and signs them in without further interaction.

We recommend that you enable this option for all your trusted SWA apps. This feature is a per-app setting and must be enabled individually for each app.

Automatically initiate an Okta sign-in

If end users are not signed into Okta and navigate directly to an application that is Okta-enabled, a pop-up banner appears with a sign-in button. When they attempt to sign in, an Okta window is launched and they can sign into the app without having to navigate to the Okta End User Dashboard.

Automatically fill in credentials on sign-in pages

If end users navigate directly to the sign-in page of an Okta-enabled SWA app, the pop-up banner provides an option to auto-fill their credentials if they have not enabled automatic app sign-in.

Automatically insert passwords on password-update pages

When end users are on a password-update page of an Okta-enabled SWA app, the pop-up banner can automatically insert their current password.

Update passwords

When end users change their password in an Okta-enabled SWA app, the plugin offers them the option to update Okta with their new password.

Quickly jump to Admin Console

For Okta admins, an Admin link is available in the Your Apps dialog when sign in to Okta. The link allows you to jump immediately to the Okta Admin Console.

Switch between multiple Okta accounts

Signed-in end users are prompted to trust or reject subsequent Okta accounts the first time they access those accounts. Over time, end users create an easily accessible list of their Okta accounts through the Okta Browser Plugin icon.

See Switch between accounts with Okta Browser Plugin (Documentation for end users).

Prevent web browsers from saving sign-in credentials

You can prevent web browsers such as Chrome from saving your end users' sign-in credentials for Okta as well as for third-party apps that they access through the Okta End User Dashboard.




Do not select the option Never remember history in the Firefox browser, as it makes the Okta Browser Plugin inoperative.


Related topics

Using the Okta Browser Plugin (Documentation for end users)