Workday 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 Workday

Here's how to set up single sign-on (SSO) via SAML for the Workday 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 Add at the bottom right.
  4. Locate and click Workday in the application list.
  5. On the Google IDP Information page:
    • Copy and save the SSO URL and 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, in the ACS URL field, enter https://{your-workdaydomain/tenant-name}/login-saml.htmld, replacing {your-workdaydomain/tenant-name} with your Workday domain and tenant name.
  9. Click Finish.
Step 2: Set up Workday as a SAML 2.0 service provider (SP)
  1. Login to your Workday tenant as an administrator.
  2. Navigate to the task Edit Tenant Setup - Security.
  3. In the Single Sign-on section, click to add a new row to the Redirection URLs table.
  4. For Redirect Type, choose Single URL.
  5. In the Login Redirect URL field, enter https://{your-workday-domain/tenant-name}/login-saml2.htmld, replacing {your-workdaydomain/tenant-name} with your Workday domain and tenant name. 
  6. In the SAML Setup section, check Enable SAML Authentication.
  7. In the SAML Identity Providers table, click to add a new row.
  8. In the Issuer field, enter the Entity ID you copied from Google in Step 1 above.
  9. In x509 Certificate, click the menu icon, then select Create x509 Public Key.
  10. On the Create x509 Public Key page:
    1. Enter a name for the key.
    2. Paste the contents of the IdP certificate you downloaded from Google in Step 1 above.
  11. Click OK.
  12. Enter these additional values in the SAML Identity Providers row:
    1. Check SP Initiated.
    2. Service Provider ID:

      Note: the URL must begin with "http", not "https".

    3. Check Do Not Deflate SP-initiated Request.
    4. IdP SSO Service URL: the SSO URL copied in Step 1. 
  13. Click OK.
Step 3: Enable the Workday app
  1. Sign in to your Admin console.
  2. Go to Apps SAML apps.
  3. Select Workday.
  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 Workday user account email IDs match those in your Google domain.
Step 4: Verify that the SSO is working

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


  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 Workday.
  4. At the top left, click Test SAML login

    Workday 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.


  1. Open You should be automatically redirected to the Google sign in page.
  2. Enter your sign in credentials.
  3. After your sign in credentials are authenticated you will be automatically redirected back to Workday.

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