Getting started with Identity Platform

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To enable an authentication method:
1. Go to the Identity Providers page in the GCP Console.

2. Click Add A Provider.

3. Select the provider you want to use from the list of providers and enterprise federation standards:

  • Email & Password/Passwordless
  • Phone
  • Social providers
  • SAML
  • OpenID Connect
  • Anonymous

4. After you select a provider, enter your provider’s relevant details, like Client ID, secret, and other provider-specific information.

You can find more information on configuring authentication methods here.

Using the Client SDKs
You can use Identity Platform Client SDKs for Android, iOS, and Web to allow end-users to authenticate to your service. You can obtain the SDKs and learn more about them here.

You can also use Identity Platform with the pre-built, open-source UI components that are available on the Web, iOS or Android via GitHub. You can customize the UI components to align with the look and feel of your app. A web quickstart is available for the UI components for all three clients. You can also see an example of integrating the UI components with a web app here.

Using the Admin SDKs
The Admin SDKs let you interact with Identity Platform from privileged environments to perform actions like:

  • Read and write custom claims and attributes to Identity Platform objects

  • Generate and verify Identity Platform ID tokens.

  • Access GCP resources like Cloud Storage buckets and Firestore databases associated with your Identity Platform projects.

  • Create your own simplified admin console to do things like look up user data or change a user’s email address for authentication.

The Admin SDKs are available across major platforms. To learn more and get the SDKs, see add the SDK.

Migrate users to Identity Platform
The Admin SDKs can also help you import a collection of email and password users into Identity Platform, helping you move from an existing provider without requiring users to reset their passwords. This is a common process for existing applications. You can see an example here.

Summary
You can set up Identity Platform with few clicks and at no additional cost to get started (up to 49,999 monthly active users). To learn more, watch a webinar, check out our Next ’19 presentation, and follow the quickstart for step-by-step instructions.

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