Looker cloud application

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

Set up SSO via SAML for Looker

Before configuring SSO, contact Looker support to setup a subdomain for your organization. You can create admin and user accounts under https://{your-domain}.looker.com.

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 @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenWeb and mobile apps.
  3. Click Add appand thenSearch for apps.
  4. Enter Looker in the search field.
  5. In the search results, hover over the Looker SAML app and click Select.
  6. On the Google Identity Provider details page, download the IDP metadata and copy the SSO URL and EntityID.
  7. Click Continue.
  8. On the Service provider details page, edit the ACS URL replacing {your-domain} with your company subdomain being setup by Looker. 
  9. On the Attribute Mapping page, click the Select field menu and map the following Google directory attributes to their corresponding Looker attributes:
     
    Google directory attribute Looker attribute
    Basic Information > First Name FirstName
    Basic Information > Last Name LastName
    Basic Information > Primary Email Email
  10. Click Finish.
Step 2: Set up Looker as a SAML 2.0 service provider (SP)
  1. Open a new incognito browser window.
  2. Sign in to https://www.{your-domain}.looker.com with your organization’s Looker administrator account.
  3. Go to Admin and then Authentication and then SAML.
  4. Add your SAML configurations. See the SAML documentation for information.
  5. In the following fields, enter the information you obtained from Google in step 1:
    • IdP Metadata: Paste the IDP metadata you copied.
    • IdP Issuer: Paste the Entity ID you copied.
    • IdP URL:​ Paste the SSO URL you copied.
    • IdP Certificate: Paste the certificate you downloaded, including Begin Certificate and End Certificate.
    • SP Entity: Enter https://looker.com..
  6. Click Update Settings.
Step 3: Enable the Looker app
  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 thenWeb and mobile apps.
  3. Select Looker.
  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. (Optional) To turn a service on or off for an organizational unit:

    1. At the left, select the organizational unit.
    2. Select On or Off.
    3. Click Override to keep your setting if the service for the parent organizational unit is changed.
    4. If Overridden is already set for the organizational unit, 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 Looker user account email IDs match those in your Google domain.
Step 4: Verify that the SSO is working

Looker 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 an account with super administrator privileges (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenWeb and mobile apps.
  3. Select Looker.
  4. At the top left, click Test SAML login

    Looker 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. Close all browser windows.
  2. Open https://{your-domain}.looker.com.
  3. Click Authenticate. You should be redirected to the Google sign-in page.
  4. Enter your username and password.

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



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