Single Sign-On (SAML)

Log-in to your Kimai-Cloud with your company credentials

Users of your Kimai-Cloud can authenticate using an identity provider that supports SSO (Single Sign-On) via SAML. You find the configuration after login at: My Kimai-Cloud > SSO Authentication.

Currently, the following provider are supported:

If you are using another IDP and want to use Kimai: please get in touch, I am open for your ideas.

Important to know

  • Existing cloud users will be upgraded to SAML logins, after their first SAML login (if identifier matches)
  • SAML users cannot log in with password
  • Without configured role mapping, every SAML user will only own the User role (previous Admins will be downgraded on every login)

Google SAML

Workspace configuration

  • Go to
  • Choose “Add app” followed by “Add custom SAML app”
  • Choose your name (e.g. “Kimai-Cloud Live”) and add this image
  • Copy & paste the values from the Google Step-by-Step (page 2) guide into your Kimai-Cloud SAML configuration screen:
    • SSO-URL into Single Sign-On URL
    • Entity-ID into Entity ID
    • Certificate into X.509 Certificate
  • Copy & paste the values from the Kimai-Cloud SAML configuration screen into Google Step-by-Step guide (page 3):
    • ACS-URL into ACS-URL
    • Entity ID into Entity-ID
    • Choose the Name-ID Format: “X509_SUBJECT”
    • Select the Name-ID: “Basic Information > Primary Email”
  • On page 4 Attributes you have to define the User attribute mapping like this (correct case is important and you need to configure all attributes, even if you do not use them):
    • Basic Information > Primary emailEmail
    • Basic Information > First nameFirstName
    • Basic Information > Last nameLastName
    • Employee Details > Employee IDAccountNumber
    • Employee Details > TitleTitle
  • Back on the overview page: activate the new application for your users
  • The last configuration step takes care of the User role mapping, which can be defined in two ways:
    • Using Google Groups (recommended):
      • Create Groups for the Kimai roles you want to apply under Directory > Groups
      • Apply these groups to your users
      • Go back to edit your SAML application and configure the optional group-membership:
        • Choose all groups you configured for Kimai and map them to the App-Attribute Groups
    • Using a custom attribute:
      • Create a User defined attribute called SAML Group
      • Add a field KimaiRole as text type with multi-value
      • Edit your users and apply the values within the new attribute:
        • The value Kimai-System maps to the Kimai role System-Admin
        • The value Kimai-Admin maps to the Kimai role Administrator
        • The value Kimai-Teamlead maps to the Kimai role Teamlead
      • Go back to edit your SAML application and configure one more attribute mapping:
        • The Google directory attribute SAML Group > KimaiRole to the App-Attribute Groups

You can use other names for your groups, the mapping happens in the next step in your Cloud configuration.

This screenshot is a showcase of the attribute mapping including groups:

Google - SAMl attribute mapping

Cloud configuration

Google - Cloud configuration

Microsoft SAML

Azure AD Configuration

  • Sign in to the Azure portal.
  • Select the Azure Active Directory service from the navigation.
  • Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select New application.
  • In the “Browse Azure AD Gallery” section, type Azure AD SAML Toolkit in the search box and select it.
  • Enter the application name to “Kimai-Cloud”, hit the “Creat” button add wait for the app to be added.
  • On the “Overview” page select “Assign user and groups” and add all users that should have access to Kimai.
  • Back on the “Overview” page select “Set up single sign on” and choose SAML as your choice.
  • Edit the Basic SAML Configuration and add the required URLs:
    • Identifier (Entity ID):
    • Reply URL (Assertion Consumer Service URL):
    • Sign on URL:
  • After saving the URLs: edit the Attributes & Claims and configure required settings (see screenshot below):
    • Change Source attribute of the Unique User Identifier (Name ID) to user.mail
    • Select Add a group claim with the settings All groups and the Source attribute Group ID
    • Select Add new claim with Name: displayname, Namespace:, Source attribute: user.displayname
    • Select Add new claim with Name: employeeid, Namespace:, Source attribute: user.employeeid
  • Return to the SAML-based Sign-on page and download Certificate (Base64) from the “SAML Signing Certificate” section. Edit the Kimai Cloud.cer file and copy&paste the content into the Cloud configuration field X.509 Certificate.
  • Copy the values of Set up Kimai-Cloud into the Cloud configuration:
    • Login URL: Login URL
    • Azure AD Identifier: Azure AD Identifier (SAML Entity ID)

Configure “Attributes & Claims”:

Azure - Attributes & Claims

Configure “Groups”:

  • In the “Azure Active Directory” section, choose “Groups” from the navigation.
  • Click “New group” (with the group type: Security) and repeat this action for each group:
    • Set the name Kimai Teamlead and add members
    • Set the name Kimai Admin and add members
    • Set the name Kimai System-Admin and add members
  • Copy & paste the Object Id of each group into the Cloud configuration (see screenshot below).
Azure - Groups

Cloud configuration

Azure - Cloud configuration


There are no additional costs involved, it is included in your paid plan.