OpenID Connect (SaaS)


This guide is specific to cloud-based (SaaS) Sysdig environments. If you are configuring an On-Premises Sysdig environment, refer to OpenID Connect (On-Prem) instead.

OpenID support in the Sysdig platform allows authentication via your choice of Identity Provider (IdP). This section describes how to integrate and enable OpenID Connect with both Sysdig Monitor and Sysdig Secure.


Summary of OpenID Functionality in Sysdig

The Sysdig platform ordinarily maintains its own user database to hold a username and password hash. OpenID instead allows for redirection to your organization's IdP to validate username/password and other policies necessary to grant access to Sysdig application(s). Upon successful authentication via OpenID, a corresponding user record in the Sysdig platform’s user database is automatically created, though the password that was sent to the IdP is never seen nor stored by the Sysdig platform.

Basic Enablement Workflow




1. Know which IdP your company uses and will be configuring.

These are the OpenID Providers for which Sysdig has performed detailed interoperability testing and confirmed how to integrate using their standard docs. If your OpenID Provider is not listed (including ones that do not support OpenID Connect Discovery), it may still work with the Sysdig platform. Contact Sysdig Support for help.

2. Decide the login flow you want users to experience: 3 options

Click OpenID button and enter a company name

From or > page to enter company name.


Type/bookmark a URL in browser

Monitor: Secure:

Log in from an IdP interface

The individual IdP integration pages describe how to add Sysdig to the IdP interface.

You will need your Sysdig customer numberon hand.

3. Perform the configuration steps in your IdP interface and collect the resulting config attributes.

Collect metadata URL (or XML) and test it.

If you intend to configure IDP-initiated login flow, Find Your Customer Number and have it on hand. It will be referenced in later configuration steps as CUSTOMER_ID_NUMBER.

4 a. Log in to Sysdig Monitor or Sysdig Secure Settings (as super admin) and enter the necessary configuration information in the UI. Save and Enable OpenID as your SSO.

4 b. Repeat process for the other Sysdig product, if you are using both Monitor and Secure.

You will enter a separate redirect URL in your IdP for each product; otherwise the integration processes are the same.

Administrator Steps

Configure IdP

Select the appropriate IdP link below, and follow the instructions:

Enable OpenID in Settings

To enable baseline OpenID functionality:

Enter OpenID Basic Connection Settings

  1. Log in to Sysdig Monitor or Sysdig Secure as administrator and select Settings.


  2. Select Authentication.

  3. Select the OpenID tab.

  4. Enter the relevant parameters (see table below) and click Save.

Connection Setting


Client ID

ID provided by your IdP

Client Secret

Secret provided by your IdP

Issuer URL

URL provided by your IdP. Example:


Okta, OneLogin, and Keycloak support metadata auto-discovery, so these settings should be sufficient for those IdPs.

Enter OpenID Additional Settings (if needed)

In some cases, an OpenID IdP may not support metadata auto-discovery, and additional configuration settings must be entered manually.

In this case:

  1. On the OpenID tab, toggle the Metadata Discovery button to OFF to display additional entries on the page.

  2. Enter the relevant parameters derived from your IdP (see table below) and click Save.

Connection Setting


Base Issuer

Required. Often the same Issuer URL, but can be different for providers that have a separate general domain and user-specific domain

(for example, general domain:, user-specific domain:

Authorization Endpoint

Required. Authorization request endpoint

Token Endpoint

Required. Token exchange endpoint

JSON Web Key Set Endpoint

Required. Endpoint that contains key credentials for token signature verification

Token Auth Method

Authentication method.

Supported values:

client_secret_basic ,

client_secret_post . (case insensitive)

Select OpenID for SSO

  1. Select OpenIDfrom the Enabled Single Sign-On dropdown.

  2. Click Save Authentication.

  3. Repeat entire enablement process for Sysdig Monitor or Sysdig Secure, if you want to enable on both applications.

User Experience

As noted in the Basic Enablement Workflow above, you can offer users three ways to log in with a OpenID configuration:

  • They can begin at the Sysdig SaaS URL and click the OpenID button.

    Monitor: or Secure:

    They will be prompted to enter a Company Name, so the Sysdig platform can redirect the browser to your IdP for authentication.


  • You can provide an alternative URL to avoid the user having to enter a company name, in the format:

    Monitor: CompanyName Secure: CompanyName?product=SDS

  • You can configure an IdP-initiated login flow when configuring your IdP. The users then select the Sysdig application from your IDP's app directory and do not browse directly to a Sysdig application URL at all.


See also User and Team Administration for information on creating users.