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Applications in authentik are the other half of providers. They exist in a 1-to-1 relationship, each application needs a provider and every provider can be used with one application.

Applications are used to configure and separate the authorization / access control and the appearance in the Library page.


Application access can be configured using (Policy) Bindings. Click on an application in the applications list, and select the Policy / Group / User Bindings tab. There you can bind users/groups/policies to grant them access. When nothing is bound, everyone has access. You can use this to grant access to one or multiple users/groups, or dynamically give access using policies.

By default, all users can access applications when no policies are bound.

When multiple policies/groups/users are attached, you can configure the Policy engine mode to either

  • Require users to pass all bindings/be member of all groups (ALL), or
  • Require users to pass either binding/be member of either group (ANY)


The following aspects can be configured:

  • Name: This is the name shown for the application card

  • Launch URL: The URL that is opened when a user clicks on the application. When left empty, authentik tries to guess it based on the provider

    Starting with authentik 2022.2, you can use placeholders in the launch url to build them dynamically based on logged in user. For example, you can set the Launch URL to, which will be replaced with the currently logged in user's username.

  • Icon (URL): Optionally configure an Icon for the application

    If the authentik server does not have a volume mounted under /media, you'll get a text input. This accepts absolute URLs. If you've mounted single files into the container, you can reference them using

    If there is a mount under /media, you'll instead see a field to upload a file.

  • Publisher: Text shown below the application

  • Description: Subtext shown on the application card below the publisher

Applications are shown to users when

  • The user has access defined via policies (or the application has no policies bound)
  • A Valid Launch URL is configured/could be guessed, this consists of URLs starting with http:// and https://

Hiding applications

To hide applications without modifying policy settings and without removing it, you can simply set the Launch URL to blank://blank, which will hide the application from users.

Keep in mind, the users still have access, so they can still authorize access when the login process is started from the application.

Launch URLs


Requires authentik 2022.3

To give users direct links to applications, you can now use an URL like<slug>/. This will redirect the user directly if they're already logged in, and otherwise authenticate the user, and then forward them.