TextExpander 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 TextExpander

Here's how to set up Single Sign-On (SSO) via SAML for the TextExpander application.

Step 1: Get Google identity provider (IdP) information
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Securityand thenSet up single sign-on (SSO) for SAML applications.

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  3. In the Set up single sign-on (SSO) section, download the IDP metadata.

In the next step, you send this information to TextExpander via email. After they respond, you return to the Admin console in Step 3 below to finish SSO configuration.

Step 2: Set up TextExpander as a SAML 2.0 service provider (SP)

Send an email to TextExpander support at support@smilesoftware.com requesting that SSO be enabled for your account, and attach the IDP metadata file you downloaded in Step 1.

TextExpander will contact you when they've enabled SSO for your account. They'll also send you your account ID, which you need to complete SSO setup in the Admin console in the next step. 

Note: TextExpander may provide your account ID as part of a sign-in URL, for example: https://app.textexpander.com/acs/{accountID}.

Step 3: 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 @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenSAML apps.
  3. Click Add "" at the bottom right.
  4. Locate and click TextExpander in the application list.
  5. Click Next.

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

  6. Click Next.
  7. On the Service Provider Details page, edit the ACS URL, replacing {uniqueid-provided-by-sp} with your TextExpander account ID (emailed to you by TextExpander support).
  8. Click Next.
  9. On the Attribute Mapping page, set the Select category and Select user field values as follows for the listed attributes:
     
    Application attribute Select category Select user field
    firstName Basic Information First Name
    lastName Basic Information Last Name
    email Basic Information Primary Email
  10. Click Finish.
Step 4: Enable the TextExpander app
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenSAML apps.
  3. Select TextExpander.
  4. Click User access.
  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 TextExpander user account email IDs match those in your Google domain.
Step 5: Verify that the SSO is working

TextExpander supports both Identity Provider (IdP) initiated and Service Provider (SP) initiated SSO. Follow these steps to verify SSO in either mode:

IdP-initiated

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenSAML apps.
  3. Select TextExpander.
  4. At the top left, click Test SAML login

    TextExpander should open in a separate tab. If it doesn’t, use the information in the resulting SAML error messages to update your IdP and SP settings as needed, then retest SAML login.

SP-initiated

  1. Navigate to https://app.textexpander.com/ssoSignin and enter your TextExpander account email.

    You should be automatically redirected to the Google sign-in page.

  2. Enter your sign in credentials.

After your sign in credentials are authenticated, you're automatically redirected back to TextExpander.


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