Connectors vs Identity Providers: When to use one over the other?



  • I'm a little bit confused about the difference between a Connector vs an Identity Provider. It seems like they both provide a mechanism for federating identities. My understanding is that Connectors and Identity Providers are scoped differently.



  • @craynor

    You may want to review our documentation

    https://fusionauth.io/docs/v1/tech/connectors/

    In contrast to using an OIDC Identity Provider, with a Connector the user doesn’t choose their identity provider; the administrator does. In addition, if the data source contains additional user profile information, a Connector allows you to map that into your user object. Finally, the data provider doesn’t have to implement the OIDC specification.

    Let us know if you have additional questions!

    Thanks,
    Josh


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