Configure password complexity using custom policies in Azure Active Directory B2C


In Azure Active Directory B2C, custom policies are designed primarily to address complex scenarios. For most scenarios, we recommend that you use built-in user flows.

In Azure Active Directory B2C (Azure AD B2C), you can configure the complexity requirements for passwords that are provided by a user when creating an account. By default, Azure AD B2C uses Strong passwords. This article shows you how to configure password complexity in custom policies. It's also possible to configure password complexity in user flows.


Complete the steps in Get started with custom policies in Active Directory B2C.

Add the elements

  1. Copy the SignUpOrSignIn.xml file that you downloaded with the starter pack and name it SingUpOrSignInPasswordComplexity.xml.

  2. Open the SingUpOrSignInPasswordComplexity.xml file and change the PolicyId and the PublicPolicyUri to a new policy name. For example, B2C_1A_signup_signin_password_complexity.

  3. Add the following ClaimType elements with identifiers of newPassword and reenterPassword:

      <ClaimType Id="newPassword">
        <InputValidationReference Id="PasswordValidation" />
      <ClaimType Id="reenterPassword">
        <InputValidationReference Id="PasswordValidation" />
  4. Predicates have method types of IsLengthRange or MatchesRegex. The MatchesRegex type is used to match a regular expression. The IsLengthRange type takes a minimum and maximum string length. Add a Predicates element to the BuildingBlocks element if it doesn't exist with the following Predicate elements:

      <Predicate Id="PIN" Method="MatchesRegex" HelpText="The password must be a pin.">
          <Parameter Id="RegularExpression">^[0-9]+$</Parameter>
      <Predicate Id="Length" Method="IsLengthRange" HelpText="The password must be between 8 and 16 characters.">
          <Parameter Id="Minimum">8</Parameter>
          <Parameter Id="Maximum">16</Parameter>
  5. Each InputValidation element is constructed by using the defined Predicate elements. This element allows you to perform boolean aggregations that are similar to and and or. Add an InputValidations element to the BuildingBlocks element if it doesn't exist with the following InputValidation element:

      <InputValidation Id="PasswordValidation">
        <PredicateReferences Id="LengthGroup" MatchAtLeast="1">
          <PredicateReference Id="Length" />
        <PredicateReferences Id="3of4" MatchAtLeast="3" HelpText="You must have at least 3 of the following character classes:">
          <PredicateReference Id="Lowercase" />
          <PredicateReference Id="Uppercase" />
          <PredicateReference Id="Number" />
          <PredicateReference Id="Symbol" />
  6. Make sure that the PolicyProfile technical profile contains the following elements:

      <DefaultUserJourney ReferenceId="SignUpOrSignIn"/>
      <TechnicalProfile Id="PolicyProfile">
        <Protocol Name="OpenIdConnect"/>
          <InputClaim ClaimTypeReferenceId="passwordPolicies" DefaultValue="DisablePasswordExpiration, DisableStrongPassword"/>
          <OutputClaim ClaimTypeReferenceId="displayName"/>
          <OutputClaim ClaimTypeReferenceId="givenName"/>
          <OutputClaim ClaimTypeReferenceId="surname"/>
          <OutputClaim ClaimTypeReferenceId="email"/>
          <OutputClaim ClaimTypeReferenceId="objectId" PartnerClaimType="sub"/>
        <SubjectNamingInfo ClaimType="sub"/>
  7. Save the policy file.

Test your policy

When testing your applications in Azure AD B2C, it can be useful to have the Azure AD B2C token returned to to be able to review the claims in it.

Upload the files

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.
  2. Make sure you're using the directory that contains your Azure AD B2C tenant by selecting the Directory + subscription filter in the top menu and choosing the directory that contains your tenant.
  3. Choose All services in the top-left corner of the Azure portal, and then search for and select Azure AD B2C.
  4. Select Identity Experience Framework.
  5. On the Custom Policies page, click Upload Policy.
  6. Select Overwrite the policy if it exists, and then search for and select the SingUpOrSignInPasswordComplexity.xml file.
  7. Click Upload.

Run the policy

  1. Open the policy that you changed. For example, B2C_1A_signup_signin_password_complexity.
  2. For Application, select your application that you previously registered. To see the token, the Reply URL should show
  3. Click Run now.
  4. Select Sign up now, enter an email address, and enter a new password. Guidance is presented on password restrictions. Finish entering the user information, and then click Create. You should see the contents of the token that was returned.

Next steps