AppConfig for EMM Solutions with Mattermost Mobile Apps

What is AppConfig?

AppConfig is a standard approach for app configuration and management introduced by the AppConfig Community, a group of leading EMM providers and app developers who have come together to make it easier for developers and customers to drive mobility in business. The community’s mission is to streamline the adoption and deployment of mobile enterprise applications by providing a standard approach to app configuration and management, building upon the extensive app security and configuration frameworks available in the OS.

AppConfig provides an easy way to configure enterprise mobile applications with any of the EMM providers listed on the AppConfig website.

Mattermost mobile apps can be configured in your EMM solution using AppConfig with the apps on the public app stores (Google Play and Apple App Store), or as an “in-house app” you compile yourself.

Mattermost AppConfig Values

The following table shows all the configuration options that can be sent from the EMM provider of your choice to the Mattermost mobile apps. You can also download an XML template of the configuration file for use with your EMM provider.

Key

Description

Type

Default Value

Valid Values

iOS Support

Android for Work Support

inAppPinCode

Require users to authenticate as the owner of the phone before using the app. Prompts for fingerprint or passcode when the app first opens and when the app has been in the background for more than 5 minutes.

String

false

true | false

Yes

Yes

blurApplicationScreen

Blur the app when it’s set to background to protect any confidential on-screen information. On Android, it also prevents taking screenshots of the app.

String

false

true | false

Yes

Yes

jailbreakDetection

Disable app launch on jailbroken or rooted devices.

String

false

true | false

Yes

Yes

copyAndPasteProtection

Disable the ability to copy from or paste into any text inputs in the app.

String

false

true | false

Yes

Yes (since v1.24.0)

serverUrl

Set a default Mattermost server URL.

String

URL

Yes

Yes

allowOtherServers

Allow the user to change the above server URL.

String

true

true | false

Yes

Yes

username

Set the username or email address to use to authenticate against the Mattermost Server.

String

Yes

Yes

useVPN

Enable connection to the Mattermost Server to use a per-app VPN or VPN on-demand.

String

false

true | false

Yes

No

timeoutVPN

Set how long the request waits (in seconds) for an initial VPN connection to establish before timeout.

String

30

Yes

No

vendor

Name of the EMM vendor or company deploying the app. Used in help text when prompting for passcodes so users are aware why the app is being protected.

String

Mattermost

Yes

Yes

inAppSessionAuth

Use the app’s internal browser for SSO instead of an external browser.

String

false

true | false

Yes

Yes

Other AppConfig Settings

As part of AppConfig, EMM administrators can set the following additional configuration options for the Mattermost mobile apps:

  1. App Tunnel: Leverage the “Per-app VPN” capabilities in most commercial VPN solutions.

  2. Prevent App Backup: Prevent users from backing up app data.

  3. Enforce App Encryption: Set security policies such as requiring encryption.

  4. Remotely Wipe App: Use the EMM tool to distribute the app to devices as a managed application so it can be remotely wiped. If the app was previously installed, mark it so the EMM converts the app to a managed app.

Other configurations may be available depending on your EMM provider.