Overview of the Azure Active Directory application gallery
The Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) application gallery is a collection of software as a service (SaaS) applications that have been pre-integrated with Azure AD. The collection contains thousands of applications that make it easy to deploy and configure single sign-on (SSO) and automated user provisioning.
To find the gallery when signed into your tenant, select Enterprise applications, select All applications, and then select New application.
The applications available from the gallery follow the SaaS model that allows users to connect to and use cloud-based applications over the Internet. Common examples are email, calendaring, and office tools (such as Microsoft Office 365).
The following are benefits of using applications available in the gallery:
- Users find the best possible SSO experience for the application.
- Configuration of the application is simple and minimal.
- A quick search finds the needed application.
- Free, Basic, and Premium Azure AD users can all use the application.
- Users can easily find step-by-step configuration tutorials that are available for onboarding gallery applications.
Applications in the gallery
The gallery contains thousands of applications that have been pre-integrated into Azure AD. When using the gallery, you choose from using applications from specific cloud platforms, featured applications, or you search for the application that you want to use.
Search for applications
If you don’t find the application that you are looking for in the featured applications, you can search for a specific application by name.
When searching for an application, you can also specify specific filters, such as single sign-on options, automated provisioning, and categories.
- Single sign-on options – You can search for applications that support these SSO options: SAML, OpenID Connect (OIDC), Password, or Linked. For more information about these options, see Plan a single sign-on deployment in Azure Active Directory.
- User account management – The only option available is automated provisioning.
- Categories – When an application is added to the gallery it can be classified in a specific category. Many categories are available such as Business management, Collaboration, or Education.
Applications that are specific to major cloud platforms, such as AWS, Google, or Oracle can be found by selecting the appropriate platform.
On-premises applications are connected to Azure AD using Azure AD Application Proxy. From the on-premises section of the Azure AD gallery, you can do the following:
- Configure Application Proxy to enable remote access to an on-premises application.
- Use the documentation to learn more about how to use Application Proxy to secure remote access to on-premises applications.
- Manage any Application Proxy connectors that you've already created.
A collection of featured applications is listed by default when you open the Azure AD gallery. Each application is marked with a symbol to enable you to identify whether it supports federated SSO or automated provisioning.
- Federated SSO - When you set up SSO to work between multiple identity providers, it's called federation. An SSO implementation based on federation protocols improves security, reliability, user experiences, and implementation. Some applications implement federated SSO as SAML-based or as OIDC-based. For SAML applications, when you select create, the application is added to your tenant. For OIDC applications, the administrator must first sign up or sign-in on the application's website to add the application to Azure AD.
- Provisioning - Azure AD to SaaS application provisioning refers to automatically creating user identities and roles in the SaaS applications that users need access to.
Create your own application
When you select the Create your own application link near the top of the blade, you see a new blade that lists the following choices:
- Register an application to integrate with Azure AD (App you’re developing) – This choice is meant for developers who want to work on the integration of their application that uses OpenID Connect with Azure AD. This choice doesn’t provide an opportunity to publish your application to the gallery, it’s only meant for development purposes to work on integration.
- Integrate any other application you don’t find in the gallery (Non-gallery) – This choice is meant for an administrator to make a SAML-based application that isn't in the gallery available to users in their organization. By integrating the application, the administrator can configure, secure, and monitor its use. This choice doesn’t provide a way to publish the application to the gallery. It does provide secure access to the application for users in your tenant.
- Configure Application Proxy for secure remote access to an on-premises application – This choice is meant for an administrator to enable SSO and secure remote access for web applications hosted on-premises by connecting with Application Proxy.
Request new gallery application
After you successfully integrate an application with Azure AD and thoroughly tested it, you can request to have it added to the gallery. Publishing an application to the gallery from the portal isn't supported but there is a process that you can follow to have it done for you. For more information about publishing to the gallery, select Request new gallery application.
- Get started by adding your first enterprise application with the Quickstart: Add an enterprise application.
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