User Identity & Authentication

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Reference | Security model overview

How do Dataiku users securely access the platform with the right permissions? Dataiku’s security model consists of the following components.

First, Dataiku relies on both user identity and user authentication:

Second, Dataiku has a groups-based permissions model to allow users to perform actions on the platform. By default, permissions are linked to two elements:

Users can belong to an arbitrary number of groups. Groups can have one or several permissions, which may be global or per-resource group permissions. Administrators can also configure security permissions for other resources such as data connections.


In addition to the resources linked here, visit Security in the reference documentation for more information.

Reference | User identity

In general, user identity includes elements used to uniquely identify a user, such as:

  • Login

  • Name

  • Email

  • Profile


Administrators can manage users by visiting the Administration menu and navigating to the Security tab as described in Building Your Security Model - User Authentication.

Local database

When DSS identifies users through a local database, the DSS instance is the source of the information. The administrator manages and manually enters user information per instance directly in the Security tab of the Administration menu. This can happen via the user interface or through API calls. The data cannot be shared across instances.


DSS can retrieve user information through Active Directory (AD) lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP).

When adding a new user through the Security tab on an instance, for example, the administrator visits the Security tab, selects to add a new user. and sets the user type to LDAP.

Dataiku signs in, checks the user in the external LDAP, and automatically creates the user in Dataiku.

Reference | User profiles

A User can have only one profile at a time. The profile is linked to the DSS license. To find out how many seats are available, you can visit Administration > License. A profile is a fixed authorization for a type of user. Profiles can be different between licenses.

Visit User profiles in the reference documentation to find out more.

Reference | Supported authentication methods

Dataiku DSS (DSS) can use any of the following authentication methods to authenticate users on the platform:

  • Local
    • This authentication method stores the user’s account and password locally on the DSS instance itself.

  • LDAP
    • This method uses LDAP account/LDAP password or SSO directory services. For example, DSS can use a directory service such as Microsoft Active Directory (which stores information about your organization’s users and groups). This alleviates having to create new users manually.

    • This involves authenticating with a user account and password from your LDAP service, outside of DSS–for example, Microsoft Active Directory installed on a server on premise.

  • Local (no auth, for SSO only).
    • Through this method, DSS uses Single Sign-On (SSO) to authenticate users through an external, SAML 2.0-compliant identity provider (IdP).

    • Users securely initiate a session in DSS without having to sign into DSS.


How-to | Create a local user (manually)

You can create users locally on the DSS node itself. The following example illustrates how a local user is created.

  • From the Administration menu, navigate to the Security tab.

  • Select New User to create a new Data Scientist profile.

  • Assign the new user to a group.


For instructions on creating a group, visit Build Your Security Model - User Groups.

How-to | Add LDAP users via LDAP configuration

DSS can authenticate users against an external LDAP directory in addition to its built-in user database. Most corporate directories provide LDAP authentication service, including Microsoft Active Directory. This enables integration of user and password management, as well as user rights assignment, with existing centrally-managed infrastructures.

Gather LDAP information

Before configuring LDAP authentication, you’ll need to gather the following information about your directory service. For more information about these prerequisites, visit Configuring LDAP authentication.

  • Basic connection information to your LDAP server (host name and port, credentials, connection security). To be obtained from your LDAP administrator.

  • A filter (LDAP query template) defining the subset of your directory corresponding to users authorized to access this DSS instance.

  • Optionally, another filter defining the groups to which a given user belongs, in order to further restrict login authorization (only members of these groups being authorized to access this DSS instance) or to define user rights within DSS.

Connect to the LDAP directory

To configure the connection to the LDAP directory, follow the instructions at Connecting to a LDAP directory.

Parameter guidelines:


  • Enter the LDAP Server URL from your LDAP administrator. The BASE part of the server URL specifies the search base DN (Distinguished Name) to use for user and group queries. This part is mandatory. A valid URL would be, for example: ldap://,DC=company,DC=com


For more information, visit Connection parameters.

Users mapping

  • In User filter, enter a query placeholder. DSS replaces this placeholder by the username that the user enters on the DSS sign-in page.

  • In Display name attribute and Email attribute, specify which attributes of the query correspond to the user’s display name and email in the directory.

  • Select Automatically import users to automatically import users.

Groups mapping

Use this mapping to define which groups a user belongs to.

  • In Group name attribute, specify an attribute for the group name.

  • In Authorized groups, add the whitelist groups that are permitted to connect to DSS.

  • Use Profiles mapping to define what profile a group is assigned to.

How-to | Add local users from an Azure Active Directory (AAD)

You can add local users from SAML identity providers, such as Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD).


DSS supports AAD as a SAMLv2 IDP.

To import local users from an Azure Active Directory (AAD), you’ll need to use the Azure Active Directory plugin.

Configuring single sign-on (SSO)

You can configure SSO so that your users don’t have to type their password when accessing DSS.

DSS supports the following SSO protocols:

SSO provides proof that the user performing a query is who they pretend to be. DSS validates this proof. To enforce security rules, DSS must also know who the user is and to which group(s) they belong.

Therefore, in SSO mode, DSS still needs to have a database of all users that are permitted to sign in, even if they don’t enter a password. This database can be one of the following types:

For SAML the following is needed:

  • IdP Metadata (provided by SSO admin)

  • Will likely need a callback url. For example: https://dss.mycompany.corp/dip/api/saml-callback

  • SP Metadata (generate). If there’s no internal process, you can do this online. Will need at least entityID (from IdP Metadata) and Attribute Consume Service Endpoint (callback url). It is also not uncommon to get X.509 certs from the IdP Metadata.

  • Login Attribute. Attribute in the assertion sent by IdP that contains the DSS login.

  • Login Remapping Rules. Rules to map login attribute to user login. For example: first.last via ([^@]*) -> $1


For more information about SSO, visit Single Sign-On in the reference documentation.