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Python's Requests OAuth2 (Open Authentication) plugin

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OAuth v2.0 support for kennethreitz's well-known Requests library.

This library wants to provide the simplest and easiest way to do OAuth2 in Python. OAuth2 is much easier to do than old OAuth1.0, and likewise this library is simple, free of cruft, and practical in everyday use. If you are looking for a way of doing OAuth 1.0, see requests-oauth.

Authors: see AUTHORS.

License: BSD

Examples: with Flask.

OAuth2 web app flow - the theory

Skip this if you know how OAuth2 works.

  1. Your web app (Foo) allows users to log in with their Qux account. Qux here is a service provider; they gave you a client ID and a secret key, which Foo stores somewhere on the backend. Qux and Foo pre-agree on some redirect URI.
  2. User visits Foo's login screen, e.g.
  3. Foo redirects users to Qux's Authorization URL, e.g.
  4. User is presented with Qux's consent screen, where they review the scope of requested permissions, and either allow or deny access.
  5. Once access is granted, Qux redirects back to Foo via the redirect URI that they both agreed upon beforehand, supplying the code.
  6. Foo exchanges the code for an access token. The access token can be used by Foo to make API calls to Qux on user's behalf.

Usage example

Look into the examples directory for fully integrated, working examples.

Some providers are included out of the box, but adding more is quite easy. In this example, we'll get started with Google.

You will find Client ID & secret (point 1 above) in your Google API console.

You must choose the redirect URI, which must be handled by your web app.

from import GoogleClient
google_auth = GoogleClient(

When the user visits the login page (point 2), we'll build an authorization URL (point 3) that will direct the user to Google's consent screen, asking to grant the specified scopes (point 4):

authorization_url = google_auth.authorize_url(

Once the user clicks "allow", Google will redirect them to the redirect URI (point 5), which will include the code as one of the query string parameters:


The code will be used to request an access token (point 6), necessary for all following requests to the API:

code = get_request_parameter("code")  # this depends on your web framework!
data = google_auth.get_token(

You can store it somewhere for later use, e.g. in the session, or in the database:

session["access_token"] = data["access_token"]

The exact method for supplying the access token varies from one provider to another. One popular method (supported by Google) is via the Bearer header. There's a helper shortcut for this:

from requests_oauth2 import OAuth2BearerToken

with requests.Session() as s: s.auth = OAuth2BearerToken(access_token) r = s.get("") r.raise_for_status() data = r.json()

Other providers, such as Facebook, allow the access token to be passed as a request parameter (in the query string). You would so something like this:

from requests_oauth2 import OAuth2BearerToken

with requests.Session() as s: s.params = {"access_token": response["access_token"]} r = s.get("") r.raise_for_status() data = r.json()

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