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 thenSAML apps.
  3. Click the plus (+) icon at the bottom right. 
  4. Locate and click Looker in the application list.
  5. On the Google IDP Information page, download the IDP metadata and copy the SSO URL and EntityID.
  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 replacing {your-domain} with your company subdomain being setup by Looker. 
  9. On the Attribute Mapping page, set 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
  1. 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 your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

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

  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 Looker 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 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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