Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with Recurly

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Recurly with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Recurly with Azure AD, you can:

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to Recurly.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Recurly with their Azure AD accounts.
  • Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.


To get started, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have a subscription, you can get a free account.
  • Recurly single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.

  • Recurly supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.


Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.

To configure the integration of Recurly into Azure AD, you need to add Recurly from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
  2. On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
  3. Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
  4. To add new application, select New application.
  5. In the Add from the gallery section, type Recurly in the search box.
  6. Select Recurly from results panel and then add the app. Wait a few seconds while the app is added to your tenant.

Alternatively, you can also use the Enterprise App Configuration Wizard. In this wizard, you can add an application to your tenant, add users/groups to the app, assign roles, as well as walk through the SSO configuration as well. Learn more about Microsoft 365 wizards.

Configure and test Azure AD SSO for Recurly

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Recurly using a test user called B.Simon. For SSO to work, you need to establish a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Recurly.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Recurly, perform the following steps:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
    1. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
    2. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  2. Configure Recurly SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Recurly test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Recurly that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  3. Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configure Azure AD SSO

Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Recurly application integration page, find the Manage section and select single sign-on.

  2. On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.

  3. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, click the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, the Identifier and Reply URL values are pre-configured with https://app.recurly.com and https://app.recurly.com/login/sso respectively. Perform the following step to complete the configuration:

    a. In the Sign-on URL text box, type the URL: https://app.recurly.com/login/sso

  5. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Edit, select the ... next to the thumbprint status, select PEM certificate download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  6. Your Recurly application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format, which requires you to add custom attribute mappings to your SAML token attributes configuration. The following screenshot shows an example of this. The default value of Unique User Identifier is user.userprincipalname but Recurly expects this to be mapped with the user's email address. For that you can use user.mail attribute from the list or use the appropriate attribute value based on your organization configuration.


  7. Recurly application expects to enable token encryption in order to make SSO work. To activate token encryption, go to the Azure Active Directory > Enterprise applications and select Token encryption.

    Screenshot shows the activation of Token Encryption.

    a. Please contact Recurly Support to get a copy of the certificate to import.

    b. After importing the certificate, select the ... next to the thumbprint status, click Activate token encryption certificate.

    c. For more information on configuring token encryption, please refer this link.

Create an Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.

  1. From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.
  3. In the User properties, follow these steps:
    1. In the Name field, enter B.Simon.
    2. In the User name field, enter the username@companydomain.extension. For example, B.Simon@contoso.com.
    3. Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
    4. Click Create.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Recurly.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Recurly.
  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
  4. Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
  5. In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
  6. If you are expecting a role to be assigned to the users, you can select it from the Select a role dropdown. If no role has been set up for this app, you see "Default Access" role selected.
  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure Recurly SSO

Follow these steps to configure single sign-on for your Recurly site.

  1. Log into your Recurly company site as an administrator.

  2. Navigate to Admin > Users.

    Screenshot shows Navigating to Users menu

  3. Click the Configure Single Sign on button on the top right.

    Screenshot shows navigating to SSO configuration page

  4. In the Single Sign-On section, select the Enabled radio button and perform the following steps in the Identity Provider section:

    Screenshot shows complete SSO configuration

    a. In PROVIDER NAME, select Azure.

    b. In the SAML ISSUER ID textbox, paste the Application(Client ID) value from the Azure portal.

    c. In the LOGIN URL textbox, paste the Login URL value which you have copied from the Azure portal.

    d. Open the downloaded Certificate (PEM) from the Azure portal into Notepad and paste the content into the CERTIFICATE textbox.

    e. Click Save Changes.

Create Recurly test user

In this section, you will invite a new user to join your site and require them to use SSO to test the configuration.

  1. Navigate to Admin > Users, click Invite User and type the email address of the Azure test user that was previously created. Your invitation will default to requiring them to use SSO.

    Screenshot shows Navigating to Invite User page

    Screenshot shows Invite User page

  2. The test user will receive an email from Recurly inviting them to join your site.

  3. After accepting the invite, the test user will be listed under Company Users in your site and will be able to log in using SSO.

Test SSO

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration with following options.

SP initiated:

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal. This will redirect to Recurly Sign on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to Recurly Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.

IDP initiated:

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal and you should be automatically signed in to the Recurly for which you set up the SSO.

You can also use Microsoft My Apps to test the application in any mode. When you click the Recurly tile in the My Apps, if configured in SP mode you would be redirected to the application sign on page for initiating the login flow and if configured in IDP mode, you should be automatically signed in to the Recurly for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure Recurly you can enforce session control, which protects exfiltration and infiltration of your organization’s sensitive data in real time. Session control extends from Conditional Access. Learn how to enforce session control with Microsoft Cloud App Security.