Create connection between SSO identity and app user

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Create connection between SSO identity and app user

When a user signs in to a custom Box application for the first time using their SSO provider credentials a new Box user will need to be created and associated with their SSO user record using some piece of unique information from that SSO user record. Typically the data that is used to make the association between those two accounts is either a unique ID or an email address.

To make that association, a Box account may be created in a few ways:

  • Using the external_app_user_id field of a Box user to store the unique ID from the SSO provider.
  • Using the login field of a Box user to store the unique email from the SSO provider (managed users only).

Create association with external_app_user_id

Using the external_app_user_id field of a Box user record is a viable option for both app users and managed users, and is the recommended method when associating a user record from an SSO provider with a Box user account.

App user

To create a new Box app user with an external_app_user_id association to a SSO user record you will need two pieces of information from the SSO provider:

  • UID (required): The unique identifier from the SSO user record.
  • Name (optional): To maintain uniformity between the records, the SSO user name may be extracted to associate with the Box user record.

Once available, make a request to create a new app user, supplying the optional external_app_user_id definition in the user parameters.

Node
const ssoName = 'SSO User Name';
const ssoUID = 'SSO User Unique ID';
const spaceAmount = 1073741824;

// Create app user
client.enterprise.addAppUser(
  ssoName,
  {
    space_amount: spaceAmount,
    external_app_user_id: ssoUID
  }
).then(appUser => {
  console.log(`New user created: ${appUser.name}`);
});
Java
String ssoName = "SSO User Name";
String ssoUID = "SSO User Unique ID";

// Create app user
CreateUserParams params = new CreateUserParams();
params.setExternalAppUserId(ssoUID);
BoxUser.Info createdUserInfo = BoxUser.createAppUser(client, ssoName, params);

outputString = "New user created: " + createdUserInfo.getName();
Python
sso_name = 'SSO User Name'
sso_uid = 'SSO User Unique ID'
space = 1073741824

# Create app user
user = box_client.create_user(sso_name, None, space_amount=space, external_app_user_id=sso_uid)
print('New user created: {name}')

Managed user

To create a new Box managed user with an external_app_user_id association to a SSO user record you will need two pieces of information from the SSO provider:

  • Email (required): The unique email from the SSO user record.
  • Name (optional): To maintain uniformity between the records, the SSO user name may be extracted to associate with the Box user record.

Once available, make a request to create a new managed user, supplying the SSO user record email address for the login.

Node
const ssoName = 'SSO User Name';
const ssoEmail = 'ssouser@email.com';
const spaceAmount = 1073741824;

// Create app user
client.enterprise.addUser(
  ssoEmail,
  ssoName,
  {
    space_amount: spaceAmount
  }
).then(managedUser => {
  console.log(`New user created: ${managedUser.name}`);
});
Java
String ssoName = "SSO User Name";
String ssoEmail = "ssouser@email.com";

// Create managed user
BoxUser.Info createdUserInfo = 
  BoxUser.createEnterpriseUser(client, ssoEmail, ssoName);

outputString = "New user created: " + createdUserInfo.getName();
Python
sso_name = 'SSO User Name'
sso_email = 'ssouser@email.com'
space = 1073741824

# Create managed user
user = box_client.create_user(sso_name, sso_email, space_amount=space)
print('New user created: {name}')

Create association by email

Creating a new managed user that is associated by the SSO user email address is the same process as creating a standard managed user.

After the user logs in via your SSO provider, if the user doesn't already exist as a Box user, extract the email address from the SSO user record and make a request to create a new Box managed user.

cURL
curl -i -X POST "https://api.box.com/2.0/users" \
     -H "Authorization: Bearer <ACCESS_TOKEN>" \
     -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
     -d '{
       "login": "ceo@example.com",
       "name": "Aaron Levie"
     }'
.NET
var userParams = new BoxUserRequest()
{
    Name = "Example User",
    Login = "user@example.com"
};
BoxUser newUser = await client.UsersManager.CreateEnterpriseUserAsync(userParams);
Java
BoxUser.Info createdUserInfo = BoxUser.createEnterpriseUser(api, "user@example.com", "A User");
Python
new_user = client.create_user('Dummy User', 'user@example.com')
Node
client.enterprise.addUser(
	'eddard@winterfell.example.com',
	'Ned Stark',
	{
		role: client.enterprise.userRoles.COADMIN,
		address: '555 Box Lane',
		status: client.enterprise.userStatuses.CANNOT_DELETE_OR_EDIT
	})
	.then(user => {
		/* user -> {
			type: 'user',
			id: '44444',
			name: 'Ned Stark',
			login: 'eddard@winterfell.example.com',
			created_at: '2012-11-15T16:34:28-08:00',
			modified_at: '2012-11-15T16:34:29-08:00',
			role: 'coadmin',
			language: 'en',
			timezone: 'America/Los_Angeles',
			space_amount: 5368709120,
			space_used: 0,
			max_upload_size: 2147483648,
			status: 'active',
			job_title: '',
			phone: '',
			address: '555 Box Lane',
			avatar_url: 'https://www.box.com/api/avatar/large/deprecated' }
        */
	});
iOS
client.users.create(login: "new.user@example.com", name: "New User") { (result: Result<User, BoxSDKError>) in
    guard case let .success(user) = result else {
        print("Error creating user")
        return
    }

    print("Created user \(user.name), with login \(user.login)")
}