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BambooHR SAML integration

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is an extra layer of security used when logging into websites or apps. Individuals are authenticated through more than one required security and validation procedure that only they know or have access to.

Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is a protocol for authenticating to web applications. SAML allows federated apps and organizations to communicate and trust one another’s users.

Arculix by SecureAuth, as a SAML provider, improves the user login experience for BambooHR users with its convenient SSO-MFA solution.


  • Configured Arculix instance and user account with administrative privileges for Arculix.

  • Configured Arculix LDAP Agent.

    For more information, see the Arculix LDAP Agent deployment guide.

  • User account with full administrative access for BambooHR.

BambooHR configuration

In this section, you'll configure BambooHR as a service provider (SP).

  1. Download the SAML metadata and certificate for your organization from Arculix.

    Metadata download:<myorganization>/saml/download/metadata

    View metadata:<myorganization>/saml/metadata

    Certificate download:<myorganization>/saml/download/cert

  2. Log in to your organization’s subdomain of BambooHR with an administrative account.

    For example, https://<your_subdomain>

  3. Go to Settings and click Apps.

  4. Select SAML and click Install.

  5. In the SAML Single Sign-On Settings section, set the following:

    SSO Login

    Enter the login URL from the Arculix metadata file downloaded in Step 1.

    x.509 Certificate

    Enter the x.509 Certificate from the Arculix metadata file downloaded in Step 1.

  6. Click Install.

Arculix SAML configuration as an Identity Provider (IdP)

In this section, you'll add an application for BambooHR and set the SAML configuration settings. This will be the Identity Provider (IdP) side of the configuration.

  1. Log in to Arculix with an administrative account and go to Applications.

  2. Click Create New Application.

    Create new application
  3. In the New Application form, on the General tab, set the following configurations:


    Set the name of the application. This is the name to display for push notifications, in the Admin panel, Application portal, and audit logs.

    For example, BambooHR.


    Set to SAML Service Provider.

    Out of Band Methods 

    Select the allowed methods end users can choose to approve MFA requests.

    For example, Arculix Mobile app (push notifications), SMS, or Security Key.

    Message for MFA Requests 

    Optional. Type a message displayed to end users when sending an MFA request via push notification, SMS, or email.

  4. Select the SAML Service Provider Configuration tab, and set the following configurations:

    Issuer or Entity ID 

    Set to BambooHR-SAML.

    Log in URL 

    Enter the URL used by your users to access BambooHR.

    For example, https://<your_subdomain>

    Metadata URL

    Enter the Metadata URL provided by BambooHR.

    For example, https://<your_subdomain>

    NameID Format 

    Set to Email Address.

    Name Identifier 

    Set to Email.

  5. Save your changes.

Test your application integration

  1. Go to your BambooHR URL.

  2. You will be redirected to the Arculix SSO page.

    Application login page with email
  3. After successful authentication, select your preferred MFA method to approve access to the BambooHR application.

    Select MFA method
  4. Finally, you will be redirected to your BambooHR workspace.



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