Login to Atlassian without passwords

Nobody likes passwords. They are inconvenient, expensive and noisy friction in our workday. With Kerberos you can remove this friction and automatically authenticate users accessing Atlassian applications.
16/08/2019 - sso, kerberos

Who likes to type in passwords? Especially when you just quickly want to write something to a Confluence page, or comment on that Jira task before you leave and then your session has timed out. And by the time you are back in you have forgotten what you wanted to write.

Well, with Kerberos, once you have logged in to your machine you are logged in automatically to your Atlassian application when you open it.

Kerberos authentication is the default authorization technology in Microsoft Windows, and implementations of Kerberos exist also in MacOS and Linux.

How to Setup in an Atlassian app

With Active Directory and the Kantega SSO Enteprise app you can setup login-free access to Atlassian server and data center applications. See for youself how simple you can achieve this for your team.


Kerberos is a network authentication protocol developed by MIT under the assumption that all network connections are unreliable. Kerberos uses secret-key cryptography to enable strong authentication by providing user-to-server authentication. Our documentation pages explain how Kerberos ensures secure authentication: https://docs.kantega.no/x/hYOLB

Kerberos for Git

Many of the most popular Git clients, including most native Git command line clients, IntelliJ IDEA and Eclipse, support Kerberos, and with Kantega SSO Enteprise for Bitbucket you can clone and push your code without having to type username and password and without managing SSH keys.

Kerberos and SAML

Kerberos can both serve as a complement and alternative to other SSO mechanisms such as SAML. In network landscapes where all access the Atlassian applications from a local network, Kerberos can serve as the preferred and even only authentication mechanism. For environments where Atlassian applications also is reachable on remote networks and mobile clients, Kerberos and SAML can both be set up to give users optimal login experience. You are automatically logged in when work at the office, and you are exposed with a AD FS or Azure AD login when working remote.

Read the docs or Book a meeting with us if you want to learn more.

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