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Assume an AWS Role and get temporary credentials using Onelogin.

Users will be able to choose from among multiple AWS roles in multiple AWS accounts when they sign in using OneLogin in order to assume an AWS Role and obtain temporary AWS acccess credentials.

This is really useful for customers that run complex environments with multiple AWS accounts, roles and many different people that need periodic access as it saves manually generating and managing AWS credentials.

This repository contains 2 examples of how to get the temporary AWS acccess credentials:

  • onelogin-aws-assume-role-cli. Command Line Interface version.
  • onelogin-aws-assume-role-jsp. An example web (JSP) version.

Most people want the CLI tool so check that you have the prequisites in place and get started.

AWS and OneLogin prerequisites

The "Configuring SAML for Amazon Web Services (AWS) with Multiple Accounts and Roles" guide explains how to:

  • Add the AWS Multi Account app to OneLogin
  • Configure OneLogin as an Identity Provider for each AWS account
  • Add or update AWS Roles to use OneLogin as the SAML provider
  • Add external roles to give OneLogin access to your AWS accounts
  • Complete your AWS Multi Account configuration in OneLogin

Quick Start using precompiled binary

There is a precompiled onelogin-aws-cli.jar file in the onelogin-aws-assume-role-cli/dist folder that you can download and start using this tool immediately (once configured the required settings)

Use the tool to generate AWS credentials and output them to the terminal.

> java -jar onelogin-aws-cli.jar

Or alternately save them to your AWS credentials file to enable faster access from any terminal.

> java -jar onelogin-aws-cli.jar --profile profilename

The credentials only last for 1 hour so you can also make it regenerate and update the credentials file by using the --loop option.

For a more detail set of instructions see the help guide.


If you want to include the code in another project, extend it or just build your own binary you can find the source in these locations.


The project is hosted at github. You can download it from:


The toolkit is hosted at Sonatype OSSRH (OSS Repository Hosting) that is synced to the Central Repository.

Install it as a maven dependecy:






It works with Java7 and Java8.

Getting started


Both projects uses a settings file, where OneLogin SDK properties are placed, that can be found at src/resources folder:

  • used by onelogin-java-sdk. That file contains 4 settings parameters:
    • onelogin.sdk.client_id Onelogin OAuth2 client ID
    • onelogin.sdk.client_secret Onelogin OAuth2 client secret
    • onelogin.sdk.region Indicates the region of the Onelogin instance. Possible values: 'us' or 'eu'.
    • onelogin.sdk.ip Set an ip address value that can later be retrieved with the getIP method and used on the getSAMLAssertion method to bypass MFA protection if that IP was whitelisted on the user's policy. For more info read the documentation of the ip_address parameter at the Generate SAML Assertion documentation.

Read more about Onelogin API credentials at:

In addition the onelogin-aws-assume-role-cli is able to read those SDK attributes from the command line:

  • onelogin-client-id
  • onelogin-client-secret
  • onelogin-region

How the process works

Step 1. Provide OneLogin data.

  • Provide OneLogin's username/mail and password to authenticate the user
  • Provide the OneLogin's App ID to identify the AWS app
  • Provide the domain of your OneLogin's instance.

With that data, a SAMLResponse is retrieved. And possible AWS Role are retrieved.

Step 2. Select AWS Role to be assumed.

  • Provide the desired AWS Role to be assumed.
  • Provide the AWS Region instance (required in order to execute the AWS API call).

Step 3. AWS Credentials retrieved.

A temporal AWS AccessKey and secretKey are retrieved in addition to a sessionToken. Those data can be used to generate an AWS BasicSessionCredentials to be used in any AWS API java sdk:

BasicSessionCredentials temporaryCredentials = new BasicSessionCredentials(

AmazonS3Client s3 = new AmazonS3Client(temporaryCredentials);


Working with the github repository code and Eclipse.

Adding onelogin-aws-assume-role-cli or onelogin-aws-assume-role-jsp as a project

  1. Open Eclipse and set a workspace
  2. File > Import > Maven : Existing Maven Projects > Select the path where the repository was downloaded, resolve the Workspace project folder and select the pom.xml


In order to execute the cli code, at the Package Explorer, select the onelogin-aws-assume-role-cli, 2nd bottom of the mouse and Run As > Java application and select the OneloginAWSCLI.

You can see detailed info about how to play with the onelogin-aws-cli.jar precompiled version at OneLogin Developer site.

You can re-generate the jar by executing at the onelogin-aws-assume-role-cli folder the command:

mvn package

You can extend CLI functionality by using arguments. There are several:

  • loop Number of iterations (default value: 1)
  • time Sleep time between iterations, in minutes (default value: 45) [Must be between 15 and 60]
  • profile Save Temporal AWS credentials using that profile name (If not used, data is prompted instead saved in file)
  • file Set a custom path to save the AWS credentials. (if not used, the default path is used)

Note: If you're bored typing your username (--username), App ID (--appid), subdomain (--subdomain) or AWS region (--region) every time, you can specify these parameters as command-line arguments and the tool won't ask for them any more.

The selection of the AWS account and Role can be also be done with the --aws-account-id and --aws-role-name parameters.

Note: Specifying your password directly with --password is bad practice, you should use that flag together with password managers, eg. with the OSX Keychain: --password $(security find-generic-password -a $USER -s onelogin -w), so your password won't be saved in you command line history. Please note that your password will be visible in your process list, if you use this flag (as the expanded command line arguments are part of the name of the process).

For more info execute the --help option.


If you want to deploy the web example, at the Package Explorer, select the onelogin-aws-assume-role-jsp, 2nd bottom of the mouse and Run As > Run Server Select a Tomcat Server in order to deploy the server.


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