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2647984 - 'invalid characters' not allowed in the attribute name when mapping SAML attribute from Custom SAML IdP to SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC)


  • You'd like to perform custom attribute mapping in SAP Analytics Cloud according to Mapping SAML Attributes to Users.
  • 'invalid characters' in the attribute name when mapping SAML user attributes from Custom SAML IdP to SAC.
  • Attribute values contain characters such as : / \ and therefore not able to make the mapping work.


  • SAP Analytics Cloud 2018
  • Custom SAML 2.0 Identity Provider

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Login to SAC
  2. Go to Security > Users
  3. Click on the 'SAML Atribute mapping' icon on the right-hand corner
  4. In the 'SAML attribute' field, the attributes from Azure will be retrieved automatically
  5. Notice the attribute name is in a URL format
  6. Select the matching target property and click 'Save'
  7. The error: Invalid characters


  • SAP Analytics Cloud doesn't support special characters in the attribute name


  • Update the attribute name manually in the claims and ensure it doesn contain any special characters such as : / \ -
    • Change the claim rules from URL syntax to Simple syntax.
  • In case you would like to use special characters in attribute names please vote for this idea on the Customer Influence site:

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