Configure OpenID Connect in Google Cloud#

Available on: Scaleup

Open ID Connect allows your pipelines to access resources in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) without the need to store long-lived access credentials in secrets.

In this guide, you will learn how to configure Google Cloud Workload Identity Provider to trust Semaphore OIDC as a federated identity and then to access cloud resources from your Semaphore Pipelines.

Adding a Google Cloud Workload Identity Provider#

To configure OIDC identity provider in GCP, you will perform the following actions:

  1. Create a new identity pool.
  2. Configure the mapping and conditions.
  3. Connect the pool with a Google Cloud service account.

In this guide, we will use the gcloud command line utility to set up and configure the connection between GCP and Semaphore. Refer to the Google Cloud Identity Federation documentation for further details and alternative approaches for setting up the connection.

Creating a new identity pool#

Create a new identity pool by executing the following snippet.

export POOL_ID="<unique-pool-name>" // example: semaphoreci-com-identity-pool

gcloud iam workload-identity-pools create $POOL_ID \
  --location="global" \
  --description="Identity pool for SemaphoreCI" \

Configure mappings and conditions#

In this step, we are going to map fields from a Semaphore OIDC token to Google attributes, and then set up conditions under which the token is able to access the identity pool.

The combination of mappings and conditions is a powerful technique that allows you to set up various levels of access policies. To use the full power of this mechanism, refer to the Google Cloud documentation on attribute mapping and condition mapping.

In the following example, you will see how to configure Google Cloud to allow access to a previously-created identity pool from the main branch of the web project.

export PROVIDER_ID="<unique-provider-name>" // example: semaphoreci-com-web
export ISSUER_URI="https://{org-name}" // set this to your full organization path, ex.

gcloud iam workload-identity-pools providers create-oidc $PROVIDER_ID \
  --location='global' \
  --workload-identity-pool=$POOL_ID \
  --issuer-uri="$ISSUER_URI" \
  --allowed-audiences="$ISSUER_URI" \
  --attribute-mapping='google.subject="semaphore::" + assertion.repo + "::" + assertion.ref' \
  --attribute-condition="'semaphore::web::refs/heads/main' == google.subject"

Connect the pool with a service account#

When connecting to Google Cloud, your pipelines impersonate a Google Cloud Service Account. To set up which service account is accessible via the previously-configured Workload Identity pool, we need to set up a link between the workload identity user and the service account.

First, construct the member id based on the following parameters:

# Based on the previous step in this guide. Ajudst based on your needs.
export SUBJECT="semaphore::web::refs/heads/main"

# Your Google Cloud Project ID.
export PROJECT_NUMBER=$(gcloud projects describe $(gcloud config get-value core/project) --format=value\(projectNumber\))

# The member ID
export MEMBER_ID="principal://$PROJECT_NUMBER/locations/global/workloadIdentityPools/$POOL_ID/subject/$SUBJECT"

Then, bind the workload identity user to a service account.

export SERVICE_ACCOUNT_EMAIL="<>" # ID of the service account who you want to impersonate in the pipelines

gcloud iam service-accounts add-iam-policy-binding $SERVICE_ACCOUNT_EMAIL \
    --role=roles/iam.workloadIdentityUser \

Read more about Granting external identities permission to impersonate a service account in Google Cloud docs.

Authenticate with Google Cloud from your Semaphore pipelines#

Set up the following steps in your Semaphore pipelines in order to authenticate with Google Cloud Platform and to obtain short-lived credentials for accessing resources.

version: v1.0
name: Example auth with OIDC
    type: e1-standard-2
    os_image: ubuntu2004

  - name: "Auth to Google Cloud"
        - name: 'Auth Test Job'
            - export POOL_ID="" # set your pool id
            - export PROVIDER_ID="" # set your provider name
            - export PROJECT_ID="" # set your google cloud project id
            - export SERVICE_ACCOUNT_EMAIL="" # set your service account's email
            - export POOL_URI="projects/$PROJECT_ID/locations/global/workloadIdentityPools/$POOL_ID/providers/$PROVIDER_ID"
            - echo $SEMAPHORE_OIDC_TOKEN > /tmp/oidc_token
            - gcloud iam workload-identity-pools create-cred-config $POOL_URI --service-account="$SERVICE_ACCOUNT_EMAIL" --service-account-token-lifetime-seconds=600 --output-file=/home/semaphore/creds.json --credential-source-file=/tmp/oidc_token --credential-source-type="text"
            - export GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS=/home/semaphore/creds.json
            - gcloud auth login --cred-file=/home/semaphore/creds.json
            - gcloud projects list