Using Google OAuth2 with Flask


Can anyone point me to a complete example for authenticating with Google accounts using OAuth2 and Flask, and not on App Engine?

I am trying to have users give access to Google Calendar, and then use that access to retrieve information from the calendar and process it further. I also need to store and later refresh the OAuth2 tokens.

I have looked at Google's oauth2client library and can get the dance started to retrieve the authorization code, but I'm a little lost from there. Looking at Google's OAuth 2.0 Playground I understand that I need to request the refresh token and access token, but the provided examples in the library are for App Engine and Django only.

I have also tried using Flask's OAuth module that contains references to OAuth2, but I don't see any way to exchange the authorization code there either.

I could probably hand code the requests, but would much prefer to use or adapt an existing python module that makes requests easy, properly handles possible responses and maybe even assists in storage of tokens.

Is there such a thing?

2/29/2012 12:35:52 PM

Accepted Answer

Another answer mentions Flask-Rauth, but doesn't go into detail about how to use it. There are a few Google-specific gotchas, but I have implemented it finally and it works well. I integrate it with Flask-Login so I can decorate my views with useful sugar like @login_required.

I wanted to be able to support multiple OAuth2 providers, so part of the code is generic and based on Miguel Grinberg's excellent post about supporting OAuth2 with Facebook and Twitter here.

First, add your specific Google authentication information from Google into your app's configuration:

GOOGLE_LOGIN_CLIENT_ID = "<your-id-ending-with>"

        'google': {
            'id': GOOGLE_LOGIN_CLIENT_ID,
            'secret': GOOGLE_LOGIN_CLIENT_SECRET

And when you create your app (in my case, the module's

app = Flask(__name__)

In your app module, create

from flask import url_for, current_app, redirect, request
from rauth import OAuth2Service

import json, urllib2

class OAuthSignIn(object):
    providers = None

    def __init__(self, provider_name):
        self.provider_name = provider_name
        credentials = current_app.config['OAUTH_CREDENTIALS'][provider_name]
        self.consumer_id = credentials['id']
        self.consumer_secret = credentials['secret']

    def authorize(self):

    def callback(self):

    def get_callback_url(self):
        return url_for('oauth_callback', provider=self.provider_name,

    def get_provider(self, provider_name):
        if self.providers is None:
            for provider_class in self.__subclasses__():
                provider = provider_class()
                self.providers[provider.provider_name] = provider
        return self.providers[provider_name]

class GoogleSignIn(OAuthSignIn):
    def __init__(self):
        super(GoogleSignIn, self).__init__('google')
        googleinfo = urllib2.urlopen('')
        google_params = json.load(googleinfo)
        self.service = OAuth2Service(

    def authorize(self):
        return redirect(self.service.get_authorize_url(

    def callback(self):
        if 'code' not in request.args:
            return None, None, None
        oauth_session = self.service.get_auth_session(
                data={'code': request.args['code'],
                      'grant_type': 'authorization_code',
                      'redirect_uri': self.get_callback_url()
                decoder = json.loads
        me = oauth_session.get('').json()
        return (me['name'],

This creates a generic OAuthSignIn class that can be subclassed. The Google subclass pulls its information from Google's published list of information (in JSON format here). This is information that is subject to change, so this approach will make sure it is always up-to-date. One limitation of this is that if an Internet connection is not available on your server at the time the Flask application is initialized (the module imported), it will not be instantiated correctly. This should almost never be a problem, but storing last-known values in the configuration database to cover this eventuality is a good idea.

Finally, the class returns a tuple of name, email in the callback() function. Google actually returns a lot more information, including the Google+ profile if available. Inspect the dictionary returned by oauth_session.get('').json() to see it all. If in the authorize() function you expand the scope (for my app, email is sufficient), you can get access to even more information through the Google API.

Next, write the views to tie it all together:

from flask.ext.login import login_user, logout_user, current_user, login_required

def oauth_authorize(provider):
    # Flask-Login function
    if not current_user.is_anonymous():
        return redirect(url_for('index'))
    oauth = OAuthSignIn.get_provider(provider)
    return oauth.authorize()

def oauth_callback(provider):
    if not current_user.is_anonymous():
        return redirect(url_for('index'))
    oauth = OAuthSignIn.get_provider(provider)
    username, email = oauth.callback()
    if email is None:
        # I need a valid email address for my user identification
        flash('Authentication failed.')
        return redirect(url_for('index'))
    # Look if the user already exists
    if not user:
        # Create the user. Try and use their name returned by Google,
        # but if it is not set, split the email address at the @.
        nickname = username
        if nickname is None or nickname == "":
            nickname = email.split('@')[0]

        # We can do more work here to ensure a unique nickname, if you 
        # require that.
        user=User(nickname=nickname, email=email)
    # Log in the user, by default remembering them for their next visit
    # unless they log out.
    login_user(user, remember=True)
    return redirect(url_for('index'))

Finally, my /login view and template to make it all happen:

@app.route('/login', methods=['GET', 'POST'])
def login():
    if g.user is not None and g.user.is_authenticated():
        return redirect(url_for('index'))
    return render_template('login.html',
                           title='Sign In')


{% extends "base.html" %}

{% block content %}

    <div id="sign-in">
        <h1>Sign In</h1>
        <a href={{ url_for('oauth_authorize', provider='google') }}><img src="{{ url_for('static', filename='img/sign-in-with-google.png') }}" /></a>
{% endblock %}

Make sure the correct callback addresses are registered with Google, and the user should simply have to click on "Sign in with Google" on your login page, and it will register them and log them in.

8/3/2018 6:07:46 PM

I've searched for quite a bit about using different libraries but all of them seemed ether overkill in some sense (you can use it on any platform but for that you need ton of code) or documentation did not explained what I wanted to. Long story short - I wrote it from scratch thus understanding process of authentication true Google API. It's not as hard as it sounds. Basically you need to follow guidelines and that's it. For this you also will need to register at to generate credentials and register your links. I've used simple subdomain pointing to my office IP since it only allows domains.

For user login/management and sessions I've used this plugin for flask - there will be some code based on that.

So first thing first - index view:

from flask import render_template
from flask.ext.login import current_user
from flask.views import MethodView

from myapp import app

class Index(MethodView):
    def get(self):
        # check if user is logged in
        if not current_user.is_authenticated():
            return app.login_manager.unauthorized()

        return render_template('index.html')

so this view will not open until we will have authenticated user. Talking about users - user model:

from sqlalchemy.orm.exc import NoResultFound
from sqlalchemy import Column, Integer, DateTime, Boolean, String

from flask.ext.login import UserMixin
from myapp.metadata import Session, Base

class User(Base):
    __tablename__ = 'myapp_users'

    id = Column(Integer, primary_key=True)
    email = Column(String(80), unique=True, nullable=False)
    username = Column(String(80), unique=True, nullable=False)

    def __init__(self, email, username): = email
        self.username = username

    def __repr__(self):
        return "<User('%d', '%s', '%s')>" \
                % (, self.username,

    def get_or_create(cls, data):
        data contains:
            {u'family_name': u'Surname',
            u'name': u'Name Surname',
            u'picture': u'',
            u'locale': u'en',
            u'gender': u'male',
            u'email': u'',
            u'birthday': u'0000-08-17',
            u'link': u'',
            u'given_name': u'Name',
            u'id': u'Google ID',
            u'verified_email': True}
   ensures that there would be just one user with that email.
            # Although database should prevent that from happening -
            # lets make it buletproof
            user = Session.query(cls).filter_by(email=data['email']).one()
        except NoResultFound:
            user = cls(
        return user

    def is_active(self):
        return True

    def is_authenticated(self):
        Returns `True`. User is always authenticated. Herp Derp.
        return True

    def is_anonymous(self):
        Returns `False`. There are no Anonymous here.
        return False

    def get_id(self):
        Assuming that the user object has an `id` attribute, this will take
        that and convert it to `unicode`.
            return unicode(
        except AttributeError:
            raise NotImplementedError("No `id` attribute - override get_id")

    def __eq__(self, other):
        Checks the equality of two `UserMixin` objects using `get_id`.
        if isinstance(other, UserMixin):
            return self.get_id() == other.get_id()
        return NotImplemented

    def __ne__(self, other):
        Checks the inequality of two `UserMixin` objects using `get_id`.
        equal = self.__eq__(other)
        if equal is NotImplemented:
            return NotImplemented
        return not equal

There is probably something wrong with UserMixin, but I'll deal with that latter. Your user model will look differently, just make it compatible with flask-login.

So what is left - authentication it self. I set for flask-login that login view is 'login'. Login view renders html with login button that points to google - google redirects to Auth view. It should be possible just to redirect user to google in case it's website only for logged in users.

import logging
import urllib
import urllib2
import json

from flask import render_template, url_for, request, redirect
from flask.views import MethodView
from flask.ext.login import login_user

from myapp import settings
from myapp.models import User

logger = logging.getLogger(__name__)

class Login(BaseViewMixin):
    def get(self):
        logger.debug('GET: %s' % request.args)
        params = {
            'response_type': 'code',
            'client_id': settings.GOOGLE_API_CLIENT_ID,
            'redirect_uri': url_for('auth', _external=True),
            'scope': settings.GOOGLE_API_SCOPE,
            'state': request.args.get('next'),
        logger.debug('Login Params: %s' % params)
        url = settings.GOOGLE_OAUTH2_URL + 'auth?' + urllib.urlencode(params)

        context = {'login_url': url}
        return render_template('login.html', **context)

class Auth(MethodView):
    def _get_token(self):
        params = {
            'code': request.args.get('code'),
            'client_id': settings.GOOGLE_API_CLIENT_ID,
            'client_secret': settings.GOOGLE_API_CLIENT_SECRET,
            'redirect_uri': url_for('auth', _external=True),
            'grant_type': 'authorization_code',
        payload = urllib.urlencode(params)
        url = settings.GOOGLE_OAUTH2_URL + 'token'

        req = urllib2.Request(url, payload)  # must be POST

        return json.loads(urllib2.urlopen(req).read())

    def _get_data(self, response):
        params = {
            'access_token': response['access_token'],
        payload = urllib.urlencode(params)
        url = settings.GOOGLE_API_URL + 'userinfo?' + payload

        req = urllib2.Request(url)  # must be GET

        return json.loads(urllib2.urlopen(req).read())

    def get(self):
        logger.debug('GET: %s' % request.args)

        response = self._get_token()
        logger.debug('Google Response: %s' % response)

        data = self._get_data(response)
        logger.debug('Google Data: %s' % data)

        user = User.get_or_create(data)
        logger.debug('User Login: %s' % user)
        return redirect(request.args.get('state') or url_for('index'))

So everything is splited to two parts - one for getting google token in _get_token. Other for using it and retrieving basic user data in _get_data.

My settings file contains:

GOOGLE_API_CLIENT_SECRET = 'my secret code'

Keep in mind that views has to have url path attached to app so I've use this file so that I could track my views more easily and import less stuff to flask app creation file:

from myapp import app
from myapp.views.auth import Login, Auth
from myapp.views.index import Index

urls = {
    '/login/': Login.as_view('login'),
    '/auth/': Auth.as_view('auth'),
    '/': Index.as_view('index'),

for url, view in urls.iteritems():
    app.add_url_rule(url, view_func=view)

All of this together makes working Google authorization in Flask. If you copy paste it - it might take some mending with flask-login documentation and SQLAlchemy mappings, but the idea is there.

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