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The BeagleBoom Device Portal is a webserver/webservice that handles the oAuth authentification process (for mobile devices) by using TLS certificate authentification and oAuth access token redirection.


Authentification Process Scheme

The following scheme shows an overview of the authentification process: Authentication Process Scheme

TLS Authentification

The BBDP (BeagleBoom Device Portal) uses for it's BeagleBoom API communication a secure tls connection with client authentification. When the BeagleBoom connects to the device Portal, the portal sends it's certificate to the device. The BeagleBoom verifies it (it's deposited into it's config file) and sends it's own certificate (which is signed by the Device Protal certificate) to the device Portal. The BeagleBoom's certificate also contains a serial number. This serial number is used to assign it with your oAuth registration data.

You can read more about nodejs client authentification on


  • vServer/Root Server with
    • Node.js (v.10+)
    • An internet domain
      • (Optional) a valid domain-certificate for the User Device Portal
    • An unused tcp port for the BeagleBoom Device authentification (a reverse proxy for the device authentification is not supported)
    • An unused tcp port or a reverse proxy (like nginx) for the User Device Portal
      • The Device Portal uses HTTP, if you you want to use HTTPS you need a reverse proxy


BeagleBoom Device Portal is using the following dependencies:

  • hat (0.0.3)
  • oauth (^0.9.15)
  • pem (^1.12.5)
  • qr-image (^3.2.0")
  • simple-oauth2


Step 1 - Install the dependencies

npm install

Step 2 - Configuration

Insert your settings

Open the install.js file and insert your

  • webBaseURL (Base URI with protocol, to reach the User Portal)
  • hostname (Your hostname for the BeagleBoom Device API, TLS Authentification)
  • webPort (Port for the User Portal)
  • apiPort (Port for the BeagleBoom Device API)
  • freesound_app_id (Your Freesound App ID)
  • freesound_app_secret (Your Freesound App Secret)

An Example:

let defaultSettings = {
    "webBaseURL": "",
    "hostname": "",
    "webPort": 9000,
    "apiPort": 8080,
    "freesound_app_id": "MyAPPId",
    "freesound_app_secret" : "MyAPPSecret"

Build your settings.json and server certificate:

After editing the settings, you have to generate the settingsfile with the BeagleBoom Device API certificate. For that, just type in your terminal:

node install.js

The settings.json will be generated in the root directory.

Step 3 - Generating our BeagleBoom Device Certificates

For each BeagleBoom Device we have to generate an own client certificate. This will be used to authenticate on our Device API. Each BeagleBoom Device needs to have an unique certificate serial/ID (The serial is being used to assign your oAuth Access Token with your BeagleBoom Device)

You can generate a new BeagleBoom Device certificate by using our certificate builder (replace 1337 with an unique number):

cd tools
node buildClientCert.js 1337

The certificate will be stored in a json file (e.g. /clientCerts/1337.json)

Step 4 - Insert your Device Certificate into your BeagleBoom

To store the generated certificate on your BeagleBoom and enter the Device API URL, you have to edit the setting.json file in the application directory of the Menu project.

Copy your certificate data (from /clientCerts/xxx.json):

  "freesound": {
    "baseUrl": "",
    "certificate": {
        "ca": "-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----\r\nMIIC8DCCAdgCCQDLR...",
        "key": "-----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY-----\r\nMIIEpAIBAAKCAQ...",
        "cert": "-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----\r\nMIICwzCCAasCAhM3M..."

to the menu's settings.json file:

  "freesound": {
    "baseUrl": "",
    "certificate": {
      "ca": "-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----\r\nMIIC8DCCAdgCCQDLR...",
        "key": "-----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY-----\r\nMIIEpAIBAAKCAQ...",
        "cert": "-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----\r\nMIICwzCCAasCAhM3M..."
  "tmpDownloadFile": "./files/tmp/downloaded.mp3",
  "defaultAudioFile": "./files/tmp/output.wave",
  "midi_device": "MIDIPLUS61U"

Start the Device Portal

To start the Device Portal, you just have to run the node.js application with:

    node .

Make sure your configured ports are available. To check, if the Device Portal is running, just open http://localhost:9000/ (9000 is your configured webPort)

BeagleBoom Device Portal API Endpoints

Endpoint Description Example Output Example Description
/poll Gets the FreeSound Access Token { code: 200, access_token: "XYZ...", expires_at: "2018-08-20T07:43:16.952Z" } Gets the Access Token from oAuth registration
/poll { code: 201, access_token: "XYZ..." } Renewed Access Token (old one has been expired)
/poll { code: 204, message: "BeagleBoom is not registered" } No oAuth registration occurred on this BeagleBoom
/poll { code: 407, message: "You need to reauthorize with FreeSound" } Can not get a new Access Token from FreeSound
/getauthurl Gets the oAuth User Regristration URL { code: 200, image: "SVG_IMAGE_DATA", url: "http://...RegistrationURL" } Ok, gets generated QR Code as SVG Image and Registration URL
/getauthurl HTTP-Code: 400 Content: BeagleBoom not recognized BeagleBoom Cetificate has no valid serialNumber


The content and source code of this project itself is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

About this repository

This repository is part of the BeagleBoom-Sampler project developed by the academic working group "Creative Technologies AG" (ctag) at the University of Applied Sciences Kiel.

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