Account Linking | Getting Started

Customers subscribing to Cirrus Account Linking will also subscribe to Cirrus Identity Provider Proxy, and may subscribe to one or more additional modules to support desired implementations. During customer on-boarding, Cirrus staff will provision a UAT Proxy instance and will perform some initial configuration.

The following are the steps needed to get started using Cirrus Account Linking:

  1. Customers should take a moment and think about their Account Linking Deployment. Cirrus Identity can offer generally accepted practices, customer stories, and professional services to help. Reviewing the questions covered by the Cirrus Account Linking | Planning Steps is a good first step:

    • Who is the target audience to be linked?

    • What is/are the Service Providers that will be accessed?

    • Does the target audience have the needed identifiers to access the Service Providers?

    • Which of the Account Linking integration patterns (authentication-based or API-based) makes the most sense for your use case?

    • What identity provider(s) are appropriate for the target audience to use for linking?

    • If the organization is letting end users choose when to link (see the details for Question 1.1), how will the end user’s identity be verified?

    • Will current members of the organization (enterprise account holders) also be an audience accessing the service? Will enterprise account holders also be able to link external identity providers and access the application with them?

  2. Customers will need to coordinate with Cirrus Identity on the details of the identifier that will be used for account linking. Cirrus Identity will need these details to configure the Proxy.

  3. Cirrus Identity will provision a Proxy instance and register the SP side of the Proxy with the InCommon trust federation. This will allow identity providers to access metadata. Identity Providers will need to adjust attribute release to the Proxy for any attributes needed.

  4. A member of the organization needs to have access to the Cirrus Console and to be granted the “Organization Administrator” (org admin) role for your organization. (See Cirrus Console Getting Started)

  5. Depending on the target audience, Cirrus will provision other modules based on the customer’s subscription (or trial/PoC agreement). Modules such as Cirrus Gateway, Cirrus External Identity Provider, and Cirrus Invitation each have associated setup. See the “Getting Started” for each module as appropriate:

  6. If there is an identity provider that is needed by the account linking audience, but the metadata for the IdP is not published to federation metadata (for example InCommon or eduGAIN), the metadata needs to be sent to Cirrus Identity Support ( for configuration.

  7. From the Cirrus Console, an admin will configure the Cirrus Discovery Service for the SP side of the Proxy. This will be the user interface users are redirected to when they click the “login” button of the SP. All of the identity providers options for the account linking audience, as well as the organization’s enterprise identity provider should be configured (See Cirrus Discovery Getting Started).

  8. Change the configuration for service providers to trust the Proxy IdP. Cirrus Identity will provide the path to the IdP metadata but it will generally be at a URL of the form (See Cirrus Proxy Documentation for further details).

  9. Change the configuration for the SP to use the Cirrus Discovery Service - the discovery URL is "" and details for different service provider platforms are available here.

Once these steps are complete, you are ready to use Account Linking with your service provider.