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Keycloak vs Okta: What are the differences?

Keycloak: An open source identity and access management solution. It is an Open Source Identity and Access Management For Modern Applications and Services. It adds authentication to applications and secure services with minimum fuss. No need to deal with storing users or authenticating users. It's all available out of the box; Okta: Enterprise-grade identity management for all your apps, users & devices. Connect all your apps in days, not months, with instant access to thousands of pre-built integrations - even add apps to the network yourself. Integrations are easy to set up, constantly monitored, proactively repaired and handle authentication and provisioning.

Keycloak and Okta are primarily classified as "User Management and Authentication" and "Password Management" tools respectively.

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I am working on building a platform in my company that will provide a single sign on to all of the internal products to the customer. To do that we need to build an Authorisation server to comply with the OIDC protocol. Earlier we had built the Auth server using the Spring Security OAuth project but since in Spring Security 5.x it is no longer supported we are planning to get over with it as well. Below are the 2 options that I was considering to replace the Spring Auth Server. 1. Keycloak 2. Okta 3. Auth0 Please advise which one to use.

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Luca Ferrari
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It isn't clear if beside the AuthZ requirement you had others, but given the scenario you described my suggestion would for you to go with Keycloak. First of all because you have already an onpremise IdP and with Keycloak you could maintain that setup (if privacy is a concern). Another important point is configuration and customization: I would assume with Spring OAuth you might have had some custom logic around authentication, this can be easily reconfigured in Keycloak by leveraging SPI (https://www.keycloak.org/docs/latest/server_development/index.html#_auth_spi). Finally AuthZ as a functionality is well developed, based on standard protocols and extensible on Keycloak (https://www.keycloak.org/docs/latest/authorization_services/)

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You can also use Keycloak as an Identity Broker, which enables you to handle authentication on many different identity providers of your customers. With this setup, you are able to perform authorization tasks centralized.

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Sandor Racz
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We have good experience using Keycloak for SSO with OIDC with our Spring Boot based applications. It's free, easy to install and configure, extensible - so I recommend it.

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Pros of Keycloak
Pros of Okta
  • 27
    It's a open source solution
  • 20
    Supports multiple identity provider
  • 13
    OpenID and SAML support
  • 8
    Easy customisation
  • 7
    JSON web token
  • 2
    Maintained by devs at Redhat
  • 13
    REST API
  • 9
    SAML
  • 5
    OIDC OpenID Connect
  • 5
    User Provisioning
  • 5
    Easy LDAP integration
  • 4
    API Access Management - oAuth2 as a service
  • 4
    Universal Directory
  • 4
    Protect B2E, B2B, B2C apps
  • 3
    SSO, MFA for cloud, on-prem, custom apps
  • 3
    Easy Active Directory integration
  • 3
    Tons of Identity Management features
  • 1
    SWA applications Integration
  • 1
    SOC2

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    Okta
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    Lack of Code examples for client side
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    Poor client side documentation
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    Pricing is too high
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    Okta verify (Multi-factor Authentication)

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What is Keycloak?

It is an Open Source Identity and Access Management For Modern Applications and Services. It adds authentication to applications and secure services with minimum fuss. No need to deal with storing users or authenticating users. It's all available out of the box.

What is Okta?

Connect all your apps in days, not months, with instant access to thousands of pre-built integrations - even add apps to the network yourself. Integrations are easy to set up, constantly monitored, proactively repaired and handle authentication and provisioning.

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