I have been developing apps using the Mobile SDK for a while now. All my apps till date use the built-in oAuth mechanism provided by the Mobile SDK for authentication. I have now encountered a use case where the client prefers to use a 3rd party SAML server instead of the built-in oAuth authentication.

This is one of the few tutorials on this topic and it somewhat ambiguously mentions

"Note: notably missing from supported clients are the Mobile CRM products. It is planned that the next generation of mobile CRM products, as well as mobile development offerings will support SAML based single sign-on. In the meantime, Delegated Authentication is the supported option."

It mentions that it's possible to do oAuth and SAML together but not just SAML based delegated authentication.

There's another link which mentions

Q: The Mobile SDK for building hybrid application uses OAuth 2.0. Does it also support SAML 2.0 based authentication? A: Yes. You can configure OAuth 2.0 to authenticate via SAML 2.0. See this article for further details.

This again mentions you could configure oAuth to use SAMLE. I am looking for some detailed inputs on if it's possible to SAML auth (no oAuth) with an app built using the Mobile SDK and if so how?

  • If you modify the URL for authentication to the MySalesforce URL, I think that should redirect the oAuth login page to the SAML login page. Commented Dec 26, 2013 at 14:38
  • Can you be elaborate a bit more? Are you simply suggesting that instead of going to default auth URL, I point it to a custom SAML server URL for authentication? Commented Dec 26, 2013 at 16:41
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    Take a look at this link: wiki.developerforce.com/page/…. The premise (from what I understand) is that if you use your MyDomain URL for authentication, it will leverage SAML (if it is set up). MyDomain in your case would be something like companyA.my.salesforce.com instead of login.salesforce.com. Commented Dec 26, 2013 at 16:46

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As I noted in a comment above, if your organization is set up to use SAML as the means of authentication (which requires a MySalesforce URL), then the SDK should redirect authentication to the SAML authentication page in question rather than the OAuth page. This does require your application to reference the MySalesforce URL for authentication rather than login.salesforce.com.


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