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Auth0 vs PingFederate

Learn why developers choose Auth0 over Ping Federate, discover its ease of use, extensibility, security and deployment options

Better developer experience: Ease of integration

Auth0 provides the most universal solution for developers, supporting more than 40 different development stacks covering just about every development language or platform currently being developed on.

Additionally, each SDK comes with a seed project and tutorial, both with live documentation, meaning your account information is pre-populated, so you just copy and paste working code from the documentation into your app.

PingFederate supports a Java based SDK with helper integration examples for Java, .Net, and PHP, no where nearly as straight forward as Auth0’s – developers will have to reverse-engineer process flow for any stack not Java/.Net/PHP.

“In an hour, I was able to prove this thing would work the way I wanted it to. That kind of productivity really sold me as well. I didn’t have to write difficult code for every IdP we needed to integrate with. It was just writing one thing, very simple, and that was it to implement secure authentication.”

— David Bernick, Director of Technology, Harvard Medical School Department of Bioinformatics

Extensibility: fully customize auth

Auth0’s Rules functionality allows you to write Javascript code directly in the dashboard to customize the authentication and authorization pipeline. For example, you can whitelist email verification domains or block logins based on fraud indicators.

Auth0’s extensions allows you to ratchet on custom applications and functionality on top of our platform. This extensibility will ensure that any custom requirements can always be met.

PingFederate has Rules, but mainly focused on Access Policy and uses a policy builder, not free-form.

Extra security without writing additional code

Auth0 provides multi-factor authentication, anomaly detection and brute force protection just with the flip of a switch, to safeguard against fraudulent activity like brute force attacks and customers using previously breached passwords.

PingFederate provides multi-factor authentication but lacks other advanced security features like anomaly detection and breached passwords.

“Before any news sites reported on last year’s Heartbleed zero day vulnerability, Auth0 emailed us to alert us to the situation. There was already a patch to eliminate the Heartbleed threat from Auth0’s systems, followed by a confirmation email that Auth0 had already installed this patch on the Schneider Electric instance of Auth0’s service. Auth0 helps our platform team look really good.”

— Stephen Berard, Sr Global Software Architect, Schneider Electricic

Deploy Anywhere

Auth0 can be deployed virtually anywhere, our multi-tenant standard cloud offering, a private cloud offering that Auth0 hosts, on your cloud environment or on your on-premises environment.

Ping Federate only supports on-premise environments.

“Compared to the costs and resources required to build, host, and secure a custom solution, the investment associated with a third-party authentication service like Auth0 was a sensible choice.”

— Cris Concepcion, Engineering Manager, Safari Books Online

Single-Sign-On Dashboard

Auth0 provides an SSO Dashboard extension which allows you to create a dashboard with multiple enterprise applications that can be enabled for single sign-on for your users for login.

This dashboard is designed to solve a problem familiar to many people, Organizations of all sizes maintain a variety of different applications to handle various business functions like accounting, HR, development, support, etc. Remembering usernames and passwords and login urls for all of these apps can be painful.

PingFederate users are forced to remember usernames/passwords and login urls for all the applications they manage.