Tutorial: Configure GitHub for automatic user provisioning

The objective of this tutorial is to show you the steps you need to perform in GitHub and Microsoft Entra ID to automate provisioning of GitHub Enterprise Cloud organization membership.


The Microsoft Entra provisioning integration relies on the GitHub SCIM API, which is available to GitHub Enterprise Cloud customers on the GitHub Enterprise billing plan.


The scenario outlined in this tutorial assumes that you already have the following items:


This integration is also available to use from Microsoft Entra US Government Cloud environment. You can find this application in the Microsoft Entra US Government Cloud Application Gallery and configure it in the same way as you do from public cloud.

Assigning users to GitHub

Microsoft Entra ID uses a concept called "assignments" to determine which users should receive access to selected apps. In the context of automatic user account provisioning, only the users and groups that have been "assigned" to an application in Microsoft Entra ID is synchronized.

Before configuring and enabling the provisioning service, you need to decide what users and/or groups in Microsoft Entra ID represent the users who need access to your GitHub Organization. Once decided, you can assign these users by following the instructions here:

For more information, see Assign a user or group to an enterprise app.

Important tips for assigning users to GitHub

  • We recommend that you assign a single Microsoft Entra user to GitHub to test the provisioning configuration. Additional users and/or groups may be assigned later.

  • When assigning a user to GitHub, you must select either the User role, or another valid application-specific role (if available) in the assignment dialog. The Default Access role does not work for provisioning, and these users are skipped.

Configuring user provisioning to GitHub

This section guides you through connecting your Microsoft Entra ID to GitHub's SCIM provisioning API to automate provisioning of GitHub organization membership. This integration, which leverages an OAuth app, automatically adds, manages, and removes members' access to a GitHub Enterprise Cloud organization based on user and group assignment in Microsoft Entra ID. When users are provisioned to a GitHub organization via SCIM, an email invitation is sent to the user's email address.

Configure automatic user account provisioning to GitHub in Microsoft Entra ID

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft Entra admin center as at least a Cloud Application Administrator.

  2. Browse to Identity > Applications > Enterprise applications.

  3. If you have already configured GitHub for single sign-on, search for your instance of GitHub using the search field.

  4. Select your instance of GitHub, then select the Provisioning tab.

  5. Set the Provisioning Mode to Automatic.

  6. In the Azure portal, input Tenant URL and click Test Connection to ensure Microsoft Entra ID can connect to your GitHub Organization. If the connection fails, ensure your GitHub account has Admin permissions and Tenant URL is entered correctly, then try the "Authorize" step again (you can constitute Tenant URL by rule: https://api.github.com/scim/v2/organizations/<Organization_name>, you can find your organizations under your GitHub account: Settings > Organizations).

    Screenshot shows Organizations page in GitHub.

  7. Under the Admin Credentials section, click Authorize. This operation opens a GitHub authorization dialog in a new browser window. Note that you need to ensure you are approved to authorize access. Follow the directions described here.

    Screenshot shows the GitHub Provisioning.

  8. In the new window, sign into GitHub using your Admin account. In the resulting authorization dialog, select the GitHub Organization that you want to enable provisioning for, and then select Authorize. Once completed, return to the Azure portal to complete the provisioning configuration.

    Screenshot shows the sign-in page for GitHub.

  9. Enter the email address of a person or group who should receive provisioning error notifications in the Notification Email field, and check the checkbox "Send an email notification when a failure occurs."

  10. Click Save.

  11. Under the Mappings section, select Synchronize Microsoft Entra users to GitHub.

  12. In the Attribute Mappings section, review the user attributes that are synchronized from Microsoft Entra ID to GitHub. The attributes selected as Matching properties are used to match the user accounts in GitHub for update operations. Do not enable the Matching precedence setting for the other default attributes in the Provisioning section because errors might occur. Select Save to commit any changes.

  13. To enable the Microsoft Entra provisioning service for GitHub, change the Provisioning Status to On in the Settings section.

  14. Click Save.

This operation starts the initial synchronization of any users and/or groups assigned to GitHub in the Users and Groups section. The initial sync takes longer to perform than subsequent syncs, which occur approximately every 40 minutes as long as the service is running. You can use the Synchronization Details section to monitor progress and follow links to provisioning activity logs, which describe all actions performed by the provisioning service.

For more information on how to read the Microsoft Entra provisioning logs, see Reporting on automatic user account provisioning.

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