Google Sign-In or LDAP

Enabling Google Sign-In or LDAP for single sign-on (SSO) lets your team log in with a click instead of using email and password. SSO can also be used to let people create Metabase accounts without asking an admin to add each person manually. You can find SSO options under Settings > Admin settings > Authentication.

If you’d like to have people authenticate with SAML or JWT, Metabase’s paid plans let you do just that.

As time goes on we may add other auth providers. If you have a service you’d like to see work with Metabase, please let us know by filing an issue.

Enabling Google Sign-In

Google Sign-In is a good option for SSO if:

  • Your team is already using Google Workspace, or
  • You’d like to use Google’s 2-step or multi-factor authentication (2FA or MFA) to secure your Metabase.

Working in the Google developer console

To let your team start signing in with Google you’ll first need to create an application through Google’s developer console.

Next, you’ll have to create authorization credentials for your application by following the instructions from Google here. Specify the URI of your Metabase instance in the “Authorized JavaScript origins” section. You should leave the “Authorized Redirect URIs” section blank.

Once you have your Client ID (ending in, click Configure on the “Sign in with Google” section of the Authentication page in the Metabase Admin Panel. Paste your client_id into the first box.

Now existing Metabase users signed into a Google account that matches their Metabase account email can sign in with just a click.

Creating Metabase accounts with Google Sign-in

On paid plans, you’re charged for each additional account.

You can optionally tell Metabase to automatically create an account on someone’s first SSO login.

Once you’ve added your Google Client ID to your Metabase settings, go to the Google Sign-In configuration page, and specify the email domain you want to allow. For example, if you work at WidgetCo you could enter “” in the field to let anyone with a company email sign up on their own.

Note that Metabase accounts created with Google Sign-In do not have passwords and must use Google to sign in to Metabase.

Required LDAP attributes

Make sure to set up your LDAP directory with these attributes:

  • email (defaulting to the mail attribute)
  • first name (defaulting to the givenName attribute)
  • last name (defaulting to the sn attribute).

If your LDAP setup uses other attributes for these, you can edit this under the “Attributes” portion of the form.


Your LDAP directory must have the email field populated for each entry that will become a Metabase user, otherwise Metabase won’t be able to create the account, nor will that person be able to log in. If either name field is missing, Metabase will use a default of “Unknown,” and the person can change their name in their account settings.

Enabling LDAP authentication

In the Admin > Authentication tab, go to the LDAP section and click Configure. Click the toggle at the top of the form to enable LDAP, then fill out the form with the following information about your LDAP server:

  • hostname
  • port
  • security settings
  • LDAP admin username
  • LDAP admin password

Then save your changes. Metabase will automatically pull the required attributes from your LDAP directory.

LDAP user schema

The User Schema section on this same page is where you can adjust settings related to where and how Metabase connects to your LDAP server to authenticate users.

The User search base field should be completed with the distinguished name (DN) of the entry in your LDAP server that is the starting point when searching for users.

For example, let’s say you’re configuring LDAP for your company, WidgetCo, where your base DN is dc=widgetco,dc=com. If entries for employees are all stored within an organizational unit in your LDAP server named People, you’ll want to supply the user search base field with the DN ou=People,dc=widgetco,dc=com. This tells Metabase to begin searching for matching entries at that location within the LDAP server.

You’ll see the following grayed-out default value in the User filter field:


When a person logs into Metabase, this command confirms that the login they supplied matches either a UID or email field in your LDAP server, and that the matching entry has an objectClass of inetOrgPerson.

This default command will work for most LDAP servers, since inetOrgPerson is a widely-adopted objectClass. But if your company for example uses a different objectClass to categorize employees, this field is where you can set a different command for how Metabase finds and authenticates an LDAP entry upon a person logging in.

LDAP group mapping

Manually assigning people to groups in Metabase after they’ve logged in via SSO can get tedious. Instead, you can take advantage of the groups that already exist in your LDAP directory by enabling group mappings.

Scroll to Group Schema on the same LDAP settings page, and click the toggle to enable group mapping. Selecting Edit Mapping will bring up a modal where you can create and edit mappings, specifying which LDAP group corresponds to which Metabase group.

As you can see below, if you have an Accounting group in both your LDAP server and Metabase instance, you’ll just need to supply the Distinguished Name from your LDAP server (in the example, it’s cn=Accounting,ou=Groups,dc=widgetco,dc=com) and select its match from the dropdown of your existing Metabase groups.

Group Mapping

Notes on group mapping

  • The Administrator group works like any other group.
  • Updates to a person’s group membership based on LDAP mappings are not instantaneous; the changes will take effect only after people log back in.
  • People are only ever added to or removed from mapped groups; the sync has no effect on groups in your Metabase that don’t have an LDAP mapping.

LDAP group membership filter

LDAP advanced features is only available on Pro and Enterprise plans (both self-hosted and on Metabase Cloud).

Group membership lookup filter. The placeholders {dn} and {uid} will be replaced by the user’s Distinguished Name and UID, respectively.

Syncing user attributes at login

Advanced authentication features is only available on Pro and Enterprise plans (both self-hosted and on Metabase Cloud).

Syncing user attributes with LDAP

You can manage user attributes such as names, emails, and roles from your LDAP directory. When you set up data sandboxing, your LDAP directory will be able to pass these attributes to Metabase.

Syncing user attributes with Google

User attributes can’t be synced with regular Google Sign-In. You’ll need to set up Google SAML or JWT instead.

Disabling password logins

Disabling password logins is only available on Pro and Enterprise plans (both self-hosted and on Metabase Cloud).

On paid plans, you can require people to log in with SSO by disabling password authentication from Admin settings > Authentication.

Troubleshooting login issues

Further reading

Read docs for other versions of Metabase.

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