Turbot supports multiple methods of authentication, including LDAP and Turbot local username/passwords.


A directory is a mechanism that allows users and groups to access Turbot. In the simplest use case, a directory will allow a user to log into the Turbot application, where they can then perform actions entitled to them via the permissions model.

Turbot currently allows user/group access from 3 different sources:

Source Description
Turbot Local Directory Turbot provides support for basic user and group management in an internal directory. Turbot directories are typically used for bootstrapping and break-glass access. An installation of Turbot will contain an initial internal directory, with a break-glass / admin user. This user can then be used to create further break-glass users, or add and manage additional directories. Directory While named similarly, the directory is the connection of the user profile that exists on and workspaces. A directory can be created in a workspace, and when attempting to log in via this directory, the user will get redirected to and back to the workspace! A profile is created upon the first login and administrators can assign permissions once the user has done so.
Google Turbot integrates with Google domains via a client ID / secret pair, allowing users within that domain to log into Turbot. Group management can be done from within the Google Admin console.
SAML We have integrations with Identity Providers (IDPs) such as Okta, Ping, ADFS and in-house SAML solutions.

SAML is a popular choice, particularly with customers wishing to access Cloud Providers such as AWS, but without needing to provide direct access back to their on-site directory (e.g. Active Directory).

Turbot also supports the sourcing of user groups in the SAML assertion.
LDAP/ LDAPS Turbot can use a LDAP/ LDAPS directory to sync groups and users and map them to existing profiles.

To setup a new directory or if there are questions regarding LDAP group sync, head on over to our Directories guide.

To get right in and assign grants to user profiles on existing directories, check out our Assigning Permissions in Turbot documentation.


A profile is simply the Turbot representation of a user from one or more directories. Every user that logs into Turbot via a directory will be represented as a profile. All subsequent permissions, actions etc will be attributed to that profile.

By creating an abstraction of a directory user as a profile in Turbot, this allows advanced techniques such as multiple directories mapping a user to a single profile in Turbot. For example, you can configure a SAML directory used for user authentication, whilst adding an additional LDAP directory used to perform searches and other controls against the same user in your corporate directory.

Login names

While a user in a directory can only be represented by a single profile in Turbot, that same user may require a different identity in all of the providers that Turbot will interact with ( AWS, Azure, GCP, etc.). These mappings can be controlled using policies that target the profile.

Login name mappings for the Turbot Profile Turbot> Google @> John Doe to login to AWS, Azure, and GCP are set via the policies Azure > IAM > Login Names, GCP > IAM > Login Names, and AWS > IAM > Login User Names

Typically, these use calculated policies to map users with a standard template.

Example: Azure > IAM > Login Names

For Acme corp, the Azure > IAM > Login Names is set using a calculated policy:

Input Query

  profile {

Input Template

{% if $ %}
- {{$"@")[0]}}
{% endif %}

This results in user names such as ""