Chapter 9. Enabling authentication with enterprise credentials in GNOME

If your workplace uses a system called Active Directory or IPA, and you have an account there, you can use that account to log into the GNOME desktop environment.

Logging in using enterprise credentials provides centralized account management, streamlines access to work-related resources, and gives the convenience of Single Sign-On (SSO).

9.1. Configuring enterprise credentials in GNOME

You can configure your system to use enterprise credentials using Settings.


  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click Online Accounts.
  3. Select Enterprise Login (Kerberos).
  4. In the Principal field, enter your domain username in the format.
  5. Click Connect.
  6. Enter your enterprise password and click Continue.

    Depending on the configuration of your domain, you might be asked for the domain administrator credentials.

9.2. Adding enterprise users in GNOME

You can add an enterprise user to GNOME using Settings.



  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click Users.
  3. Select the Unlock button and enter your password.
  4. Click Add User.
  5. Choose Enterprise Login
  6. Enter the domain, username, and password for your Enterprise account.
  7. Click Add.

    Depending on the domain configuration, you might need to enter administrator credentials.

9.3. Logging in to GNOME with enterprise credentials

If your network has an Active Directory or IPA domain available, and you have a domain account, you can log in to GNOME using your enterprise credentials.


  • At the GNOME login prompt, type your domain username followed by an @ sign and then your domain name.

9.4. Additional resources

  • For troubleshooting, see the realm man page