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What is SCIM?

SCIM is a standard created to simplify user management in the cloud by defining a schema for representing users and groups with a REST API for all the necessary CRUD operations.

This standard could be extended to other resources like accounts, roles, etc.

Information about SCIM

All the information about SCIM is published in the following link:

Currently, the last available version of the standard is SCIM 2.0.

The most relevant link about the specification of this protocol is:

Example of SCIM

SCIM uses JSON specification for the data model containing the requests and responses. For example, the data information of a user would be:

  "schemas": [
  "userName": "bjensen",
  "externalId": "bjensen",
  "name": {
    "formatted": "Ms. Barbara J Jensen III",
    "familyName": "Jensen",
    "givenName": "Barbara"

SCIM also uses REST specification for HTTP communication between clients and server. For example, a request to create a user would be:

POST /Users  HTTP/1.1
Accept: application/scim+json
Content-Type: application/scim+json
Authorization: Bearer h480djs93hd8
Content-Length: ...

The HTTP codes are very important in the responses. For example:

HTTP/1.1 200 Response is ok
HTTP/1.1 201 Resource created
HTTP/1.1 404 Resource not found
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