Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with Showpad

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

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


To configure Azure AD integration with Showpad, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have an Azure AD environment, you can get a free account.
  • Showpad single sign-on enabled subscription.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment.

  • Showpad supports SP initiated SSO.
  • Showpad supports Just In Time user provisioning.

To configure the integration of Showpad into Azure AD, you need to add Showpad 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 Showpad in the search box.
  6. Select Showpad 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 Showpad

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Showpad 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 Showpad.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Showpad, 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 Showpad SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Showpad test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Showpad 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 Showpad 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, perform the following steps:

    a. In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<company-name>.showpad.biz

    b. In the Sign on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<comapany-name>.showpad.biz/login


    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Identifier and Sign on URL. Contact Showpad Client support team to get these values. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  5. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Download to download the Federation Metadata XML from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  6. On the Set up Showpad section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

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 Showpad.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Showpad.
  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 Showpad SSO

  1. Sign in to your Showpad tenant as an administrator.

  2. In the menu on the top, click the Settings.

    Screenshot shows Settings selected from the Settings menu.

  3. Navigate to Single Sign-On and click Enable.

    Screenshot shows Single Sign-On selected with an Enable option.

  4. On the Add a SAML 2.0 Service dialog, perform the following steps:

    Screenshot shows the Add a SAML 2.0 Service dialog box where you can enter the values described.

    a. In the Name textbox, type the name of Identifier Provider (for example: your company name).

    b. As Metadata Source, select XML.

    c. Copy the content of metadata XML file, which you have downloaded from the Azure portal, and then paste it into the Metadata XML textbox.

    d. Select Auto-provision accounts for new users when they log in.

    e. Click Submit.

Create Showpad test user

In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in Showpad. Showpad supports just-in-time user provisioning, which is enabled by default. There is no action item for you in this section. If a user doesn't already exist in Showpad, a new one is created after authentication.

Test SSO

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

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

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

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Showpad tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to Showpad Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure Showpad 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.