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Using the OAuth module with Facebook

The setup process is lengthy but relatively straightforward.

Due to the way Facebook handles OAuth the most complicated part will be handling the redirect_uri configuration.

  • Traditionally OAuth requires you to specify a URL which the remote OAuth server uses to redirect control back to your app once authorization is complete.
  • Recently Google et al have done some great work on securing OAuth for native clients and came up with a spec: draft-ietf-oauth-native-apps-12
  • Amongst others this requires native apps to add a custom URL handler for the redirect url. For example: some-custom-scheme://oauth2redirect
  • Unfortunately Facebook haven't implemented support for this yet. (It's literally as simple as Facebook allowing schemes other than http and https in the config page!!!)
  • So until Facebook get round to implementing full support for native app OAuth we need to use a horrible hack to redirect the OAuth flow back to your app.
  • To do this you will need to set up a static HTML page on a URL such as https://yoursite.com/oauth2redirect

We'll walk through the full details below but I thought I'd mention it up front to avoid confusion :-)

Let's get started!

Step 1: Facebook App Page => Settings => Basic

Go to your app on https://developers.facebook.com and make sure your app is configured correctly for OAuth:

  • Make a note of your App ID & App Secret. These correspond to client_id & client_secret respectively in the oauth provider config.
  • If you have not already, click + Add Platform, add Website and enter the URL of your website. e.g. https://yoursite.com

If you're using a domain for the OAuth redirect which is different to what you have specified for your Site URL then you'll want to add it to App Domains. We'll get into more details below but you'll probably just set this to yoursite.com

Step 1: Facebook App Page - Basic Settings

Step 2: Facebook App Page => Settings => Advanced

  • Set Native or desktop app? to Yes
  • Set Is App Secret embedded ... to No

Step 2: Facebook App Page - Advanced Settings

Step 3: Facebook App Page => Products => Facebook Login => Settings

  • Set Client OAuth Login to Yes
  • Set Web OAuth Login to Yes
  • Set Use Strict Mode for Redirect URIs to Yes

We'll get more into the details below but, for now, set Valid OAuth redirect URI's to a URL on your site where you can post a static HTML page. For example: https://yoursite.com/oauth2redirect

Step 3: Facebook App Page - Product Settings

I've verified that these settings work, but it's also a good idea to read the Facebook Login Security documentation and go through the rest of the settings.

Step 4: Set up the OAuth redirect page.

Post a static HTML page to your site at a URL such as https://yoursite.com/oauth2redirect

There are many ways to handle the redirect but you can just copy this simple example:


The important bit is here:

    var newOrigin = "io.trigger.example.oauth2:/";
    var uriSuffix = window.location.href.substring(window.location.origin.length + 1);
    document.getElementById("proceed").href = newOrigin + uriSuffix;

Facebook login will redirect the OAuth flow to this page which will simply modify the URL and redirect it to the apps custom URL protocol: io.trigger.example.oauth2

For your site, set the newOrigin variable to something like: com.yoursite.oauth2

Step 5: Configure the oauth module.

In your apps src/config.json configure the oauth module to look something like this:

"oauth": {
        "config": {
            "redirect_scheme": "com.yoursite.oauth2",
            "providers": [
                    "name": "facebook",
                    "client_id": "your facebook app id",
                    "client_secret": "your facebook app secret",
                    "authorization_endpoint": "https://www.facebook.com/dialog/oauth",
                    "token_endpoint": "https://graph.facebook.com/v2.10/oauth/access_token",
                    "redirect_uri": "https://yoursite.com/oauth2redirect",
                    "authorization_scope": "public_profile email user_about_me"
        "version": "0.1"

Double check that the redirect_uri field is set to the location you chose for the static redirect page you created above. authorization_scope corresponds to the Facebook permissions list.

Step 6: Try to login!

forge.oauth.authorize("facebook", function (endpoint) {
    forge.logging.log("forge.oauth.authorize succeeded: " + endpoint);
}, function (error) {
    forge.logging.error("forge.oauth.authorize failed: " + JSON.stringify(error));

Step 7: Try to make an API call

forge.oauth.authorize("facebook", function (endpoint) {
    forge.oauth.actionWithToken(endpoint, function (token) {
            url: "https://graph.facebook.com/v2.10/me",
            headers: {
                "Authorization": "Bearer " + token.access
            success: function (data) {
                forge.logging.log("API call succeeded: " + JSON.stringify(data));
            error: function (error) {
                forge.logging.error("API call failed: " + JSON.stringify(error));
    }, function (error) {
        forge.logging.error("forge.oauth.actionWithToken failed: " + JSON.stringify(error));

}, function (error) {
    forge.logging.error("forge.oauth.authorize failed: " + JSON.stringify(error));

That's it, if you've made it this far you're now ready to begin exploring the Facebook Graph API REST endpoints!