GitHub Business cloud application

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Using Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), your users can use their Google Cloud credentials to sign in to enterprise-cloud applications.

Set up SSO via SAML for GitHub Business

Here's how to set up single sign-on(SSO) via SAML for the GitHub Business® application.

Step 1: Set up Google as a SAML identity provider (IdP)
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using an account with super administrator privileges (does not end in

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenSAML apps.
  3. Click the plus (+) icon at bottom right.
  4. Locate and click GitHub Business in the application list.
  5. On the Google IDP Information page:
    • Copy and save the SSO URL.
    • Copy and save the Entity ID.
    • Download the Certificate.
  6. Click Next.

    The Basic information window shows the Application name and Description seen by users.

  7. Click Next.
  8. On the Service Provider Details page, edit the ACS URL and Entity ID,  replacing {your-organization} with your GitHub Business organization name.
  9. Click Finish.
Step 2: Set up GitHub Business as a SAML 2.0 service provider (SP)
  1. Open a new incognito browser window.
  2. Sign in to GitHub Business with your organization's administrator account.
  3. Click your username at top right, then choose Settings.
  4. In the left menu, under Organization settings, click your organization name. 
  5. Under Organization settings, click Security.
  6. Under SAML single sign-on, enter the information copied in Step 1 into the respective fields:
    • Sign on URL: SSO URL
    • Issuer: Entity ID
    • Public certificate: Certificate
  7. Click Test SAML configuration to verify your settings.
  8. Check Enable SAML authentication at the top of the SAML settings section.
  9. Click Save.

Note: GitHub Business single sign-on grants access to your Github organization. After supplying the organization name ({your-organization}/sso), users sign in with their Github personal accounts. 

Step 3: Enable the GitHub Business app
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenSAML apps.
  3. Select GitHub Business.
  4. At the top right of the gray box, click Edit Service .

  5. To turn on or off a service for everyone in your organization, click On for everyone or Off for everyone, and then click Save.

  6. To turn on or off a service only for users in an organizational unit:

    1. At the left, select the organizational unit.
    2. Select On or Off.
    3. To keep the service turned on or off even when the service is turned on or off for the parent organizational unit, click Override.
    4. If the organization's status is already Overridden, choose an option:
      • Inherit—Reverts to the same setting as its parent.
      • Save—Saves your new setting (even if the parent setting changes).

    Learn more about organizational structure.

  7. (Optional) Turn on the service for a group of users.
    Use access groups to turn on a service for specific users within or across your organizational units. Learn more

  8. Ensure that your GitHub Business user account email IDs match those in your Google domain.
Step 4: Verify that the SSO is working
  1. Close all browser windows.
  2. Open{your-organization}/sso and attempt to sign in. You should be automatically redirected to the Google sign in page.
  3. Enter your sign in credentials.

    After your sign in credentials are authenticated, you are automatically redirected back to GitHub Business.

  4. Sign in with your personal GitHub account credentials.
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