Sitecore Identity Server

Current version: 9.1

Sitecore introduced the Sitecore Identity Server (SIS) role with release 9.1. It is based on the IdentityServer4 framework and used to request and handle identity, grant access, and refresh tokens.


The SIS role validates access to the Experience Commerce Business Tools (BizFX). In Sitecore 9.1 and later, Experience Commerce uses the same instance of Sitecore Identity Server as the rest of the platform.

Supported infrastructure

You can host the SIS role on:

Refer to the Sitecore compatibility table for compatible versions.

Reference structure

The SIS role has its place in the Sitecore reference structure. It can be referenced by other roles, and it can also reference other roles.

Referenced by

The SIS role is referenced by the following roles:


The SIS role references the following roles:

Storage role name

Connection string name




Security database




Only relevant if you are using the default authentication mechanism that requires the security database.

Privacy and security

The SIS role handles personal data in the following ways:

  • Provides authentication services for users logging in to the BizFX, Content Management, or EXM Dispatch roles.

  • Users enter user names/email address and passwords to authenticate. Does not persist data and instead relies on Sitecore’s underlying authentication mechanism.

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