Manage an IT Team with a Centralized Identity Provider

Table of contents

  1. Identity providers connectors
  2. Extending the platform to authenticate with other identity providers
  3. Learn more

OutSystems supports three different identity providers out of the box for managing IT teams:

  • Built-in: OutSystems securely stores the IT user information. IT users are authenticated with the built-in authentication mechanism. This is the fastest way to get started, since it requires no configuration.
  • Active Directory: When users try to authenticate in an application, the application delegates the authentication to the Active Directory domain controller. Windows integrated authentication is also supported. This is done behind the scenes so users don't have to type their credentials. Authentication through Active Directory is only available on the .NET stack.
  • LDAP: When users try to authenticate in an application, the application delegates the authentication to the LDAP server.

Identity provider connectors


In addition to the built-in authentication mechanisms, there are connectors on the Forge that can support additional authentication protocols like SAML. This enables organizations to configure OutSystems authentication mechanisms to work with their enterprise authentication platform.

Extending the platform to authenticate with other identity providers

If the authentication providers that are included by default with OutSystems don't fit an organization's needs, it's possible to create custom ones or by personalizing existing ones.

Under the hood, the authentication providers are OutSystems applications that implement a web service with a well-specified contract. When an IT user tries to log into an OutSystems tool, the platform delegates the authentication to the authentication provider that is configured, by using its services.

Learn more


Check out these links to learn more about authentication with OutSystems: