Angel3 OAuth2 Handler

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Angel3 library for authenticating users with remote identity providers via OAuth2, i.e. Facebook, Google, Azure AD, etc.


First, create an options object:

configureServer(Angel app) async {
  // Load from a Map, i.e. app config:
  var opts = ExternalAuthOptions.fromMap(app.configuration['auth0'] as Map);
  // Create in-place:
  var opts = ExternalAuthOptions(
      clientId: '<client-id>',
      clientSecret: '<client-secret>',
      redirectUri: Uri.parse('<callback>'));

After getting authenticated against the remote server, we need to be able to identify users within our own application.

typedef OAuth2Verifier = FutureOr<User> Function(oauth2.Client, RequestContext, ResponseContext);

/// You might use a pure function to create a verifier that queries a
/// given service.
OAuth2Verifier oauth2verifier(Service<User> userService) {
  return (client) async {
     var response = await client.get('');
      var ghUser = json.decode(response.body);
      var id = ghUser['id'] as int;

      var matchingUsers = await mappedUserService.index({
        'query': {'github_id': id}

      if (matchingUsers.isNotEmpty) {
        // Return the corresponding user, if it exists.
        return matchingUsers.first;
      } else {
        // Otherwise,create a user
        return await mappedUserService.create(User(githubId: id));

Now, initialize an OAuth2Strategy, using the options and verifier. You'll also need to provide a name for this instance of the strategy. Consider using the name of the remote authentication provider (ex. facebook).

configureServer(Angel app) {
  auth.strategies['github'] = OAuth2Strategy(

    // This function is called when an error occurs, or the user REJECTS the request.
    (e, req, res) async {
      res.write('Ooops: $e');
      await res.close();

Lastly, connect it to an AngelAuth instance, and wire it up to an Angel server. Set up two routes:

  1. Redirect users to the external provider
  2. Acts as a callback and handles an access code

In the case of the callback route, you may want to display an HTML page that closes a popup window. In this case, use confirmPopupAuthentication, which is bundled with package:angel3_auth, as a callback function:

configureServer(Angel app) async {
  // ...
  var auth = AngelAuth<User>();
  auth.strategies['github'] = oauth2Strategy;
  // Redirect
  app.get('/auth/github', auth.authenticate('github'));
  // Callback
  app.get('/auth/github/callback', auth.authenticate(
    AngelAuthOptions(callback: confirmPopupAuthentication())
  // Connect the plug-in!!!
  await app.configure(auth);

Custom Scope Delimiter

This package should work out-of-the-box for most OAuth2 providers, such as Github or Dropbox. However, if your OAuth2 scopes are separated by a delimiter other than the default (' '), you can add it in the OAuth2Strategy constructor:

configureServer(Angel app) async {
  OAuth2Strategy(..., delimiter: ' ');

Handling non-JSON responses

Many OAuth2 providers do not follow the specification, and do not return application/json responses.

You can add a getParameters callback to parse the contents of any arbitrary response:

    // ...
    getParameters: (contentType, body) {
      if (contentType.type == 'application') {
        if (contentType.subtype == 'x-www-form-urlencoded')
          return Uri.splitQueryString(body);
        else if (contentType.subtype == 'json') return JSON.decode(body);

      throw FormatException('Invalid content-type $contentType; expected application/x-www-form-urlencoded or application/json.');