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ArgoCD Keycloak Configuration📜

This document will explain how to configure keycloak with argocd. This assumes you have the sample manifests applied.

Configuration items📜

  • Keycloak
  • ArgoCD

These are the items you need to do after keycloak and argocd are working on your cluster.

Keycloak Configuration📜

  • Create an argocd client scope with the following mappings
Name Mapper Type Mapper Selection Sub Token Claim Name Claim JSON Type
profile User Attribute profile profile String
email User Property email email String
nickname User Attribute nickname nickname String
full name User’s Full Name full name N/A N/A
groups Group Membership groups groups N/A
username User Property username preferred_username String

Keycloak client configuration should look like the following:

  "clientId": "il2_00eb8904-5b88-4c68-ad67-cec0d2e07aa6_argocd",
  "name": "IL2 ArgoCD",
  "rootUrl": "",
  "adminUrl": "",
  "baseUrl": "/applications",
  "surrogateAuthRequired": false,
  "enabled": true,
  "alwaysDisplayInConsole": false,
  "clientAuthenticatorType": "client-secret",
  "redirectUris": [
  "webOrigins": [
  "notBefore": 0,
  "bearerOnly": false,
  "consentRequired": false,
  "standardFlowEnabled": true,
  "implicitFlowEnabled": false,
  "directAccessGrantsEnabled": false,
  "serviceAccountsEnabled": false,
  "publicClient": false,
  "frontchannelLogout": false,
  "protocol": "openid-connect",
  "attributes": {
    "saml.assertion.signature": "false",
    "": "false",
    "saml.multivalued.roles": "false",
    "": "false",
    "saml.encrypt": "false",
    "oauth2.device.authorization.grant.enabled": "false",
    "saml.server.signature": "false",
    "backchannel.logout.revoke.offline.tokens": "false",
    "saml.server.signature.keyinfo.ext": "false",
    "use.refresh.tokens": "true",
    "exclude.session.state.from.auth.response": "false",
    "oidc.ciba.grant.enabled": "false",
    "saml.artifact.binding": "false",
    "backchannel.logout.session.required": "true",
    "client_credentials.use_refresh_token": "false",
    "saml_force_name_id_format": "false",
    "saml.client.signature": "false",
    "tls.client.certificate.bound.access.tokens": "false",
    "require.pushed.authorization.requests": "false",
    "saml.authnstatement": "false",
    "display.on.consent.screen": "false",
    "saml.onetimeuse.condition": "false"
  "authenticationFlowBindingOverrides": {},
  "fullScopeAllowed": true,
  "nodeReRegistrationTimeout": -1,
  "defaultClientScopes": [
  "optionalClientScopes": [],
  "access": {
    "view": true,
    "configure": true,
    "manage": true

User Permission: * Go to Realm * Click on Users tab on the left pane * Set “User Enabled” to yes and Email Verified to on. * Go to Credentials tab and set a non-temp password for the newly created user * Go to Groups tab and select “Impact Level 2 Authorized” and click Join up to the right.

Client Configuration * Go to Configured realm (eg: baby-yoda) * Click on Clients * Click on Il2_00eb8904-5b88-4c68-ad67-cec0d2e07aa6_argocd * Click the Credentials tab * Press Regenerate Secret and copy it to clipboard

ArgoCD Configuration📜

Update chart/values.yaml to enable sso and ArgoCD keycloak client secret: 1. modify values.yaml. This will apply changes to argo-cm argo-rbac-cm and argo-secret:

# SSO Additions
  enabled: true <--change to true
  keycloakClientSecret: <place secret here>
2. Apply helm chart:
helm upgrade -i -n argocd --create-namespace argocd chart/

  1. Restart ArgoCD to apply changes by executing “kubectl -n argocd delete pod –all” within bastion or environment.

  2. Go to https://argocd.. select login with keycloak and use the created username and password.

OIDC Custom CA📜

ArgoCD does not seem to support pointing to a kubernetes secret to trust SSO (OIDC) connections that are not trusted by the container inherently. To get around this limitation, you can specify your “self-signed” Certificate Authority within BigBang’s sso.certificate_authority value and it will be inserted into the sso configuration options starting with ArgoCD v2.5.X .

Here is an example when using Big Bang to deploy argocd with SSO and feeding in a certificate authority PEM to trust for the OIDC connection:

  certificate_authority: |
    -----END CERTIFICATE-----
      enabled: true
      client_id: "XXXX"
      client_secret: "XXXX"
      provider_name: "XXXXX"

Last update: 2023-03-31 by Christopher O'Connell