Administration Interfaces and Tools

This chapter provides a brief introduction to the web-based UI console. It also lists and describes each command-line interface (CLI) administration tool.

Web-Based AM Console

After you install AM, log in to the web-based AM console as AM administrator, amAdmin with the password you set during installation. Navigate to a URL, such as In this case, communications proceed over the HTTP protocol to a FQDN (, over a standard Java web container port number (8080), to a specific deployment URI (/openam).

The AM Console
How the AM console looks to amadmin

When you log in as the AM administrator, amAdmin, you have access to the complete AM console. In addition, AM has set a cookie in your browser that lasts until the session expires, you logout, or you close your browser.[1]

The amAdmin account is a special user built-in to AM. The amAdmin account does not have a user profile and is not present in the configured identity store, so cannot use functionality that requires a user profile, such as Device Match or Push notifications. You should create users or groups, and delegate administrator privileges to them, as described in "Delegating Privileges".

If you configure AM to grant administrative capabilities to users that do have a user profile and appear in the configured identity store, then that user is able to access both the administration console in the realms they can administrate, and their self-service profile pages:

The AM Console for a Delegated Administrator
How the AM console looks to a delegated administrator

When you log in to the AM console as a non-administrative end user, you do not have access to the administrative console. Your access is limited to self-service profile pages and user dashboard.

The AM Console for Non-Administrative Users
How the AM console looks to an end user

The profile attribute whitelist controls the information returned to non-administrative users when accessing json/user endpoints. For example, the whitelist controls the attributes shown in the user profile page.

Common profile attributes are whitelisted by default, but you need to add any custom attribute you want your non-administrative users to see.

The whitelist can be set by realm, in the user self-service service, or globally. To modify it:

  • Globally: Navigate to Configure > Global Services > User Self-Service > Profile Management, and edit the Self readable attributes field.

  • By realm: Navigate to Realms > Realm Name > Services > User Self-Service > Profile Management, and edit the Self readable attributes field.

    Note that you need to add the user self-service service to the realm if you have not done so already, but you do not need to configure anything other than the whitelist.

AM Console Responsiveness

The web-based console is a responsive website, which means it would resize some of its features to fit the size of your screen and the layout design.

For example, the header menu would change into a dropdown menu, and those pages with many tabs would shed most of them for a dropdown menu to the left-hand side.

AM Console Responsiveness
Tabs are hidden under the left-hand side dropdown menu

[1] Persistent cookies can remain valid when you close your browser. This section reflects AM default behavior before you configure additional functionality.

Amster Command-Line Tool

The amster tool provides a lightweight command-line interface, ideal for use in DevOps processes, such as continuous integration and deployment. The amster tool manages an AM configuration over REST, so you can store AM server configuration as an artifact and import a stored configuration to set up an AM server.

For details, see the amster documentation.

Deprecated Command-Line Tools

The script tools in the following list have .bat versions for use on Microsoft Windows.

You can install the following command-line tools:


This tool lets you change Administrator passwords, and display encrypted password values.

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This tool checks log archives for tampering.

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This executable .jar file lets you perform a silent installation of an AM server with a configuration file. For example, the java -jar configurator.jar -f config.file command couples the configurator.jar archive with the config.file. The sampleconfiguration file provided with the tool is set up with the format for the config.file, and it must be adapted for your environment.

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This tool provides a rich command-line interface for the configuration of core services.

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To translate settings applied in the AM console to service attributes for use with ssoadm, log in to the AM console as amAdmin and access the services page, in a URL, such as

The commands access the AM configuration over HTTP (or HTTPS). When using the administration commands in a site configuration, the commands access the configuration through the front end load balancer.

Sometimes a command cannot access the load balancer because:

  • Network routing restrictions prevent the tool from accessing the load balancer.

  • For testing purposes, the load balancer uses a self-signed certificate for HTTPS, and the tool does not have a way of trusting the self-signed certificate.

  • The load balancer is temporarily unavailable.

In such cases you can work around the problem by adding an option for each node, such as the following to the java command in the tool's script.

Node 1:


Node 2:


In the above example the load balancer is on the lb host, is the site name, and the AM servers in the site are on server1 and server2.

The ssoadm command will only use the latest value in the map, so if you have a mapping like:


The ssoadm command will always talk to:

[1] Persistent cookies can remain valid when you close your browser. This section reflects AM default behavior before you configure additional functionality.

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