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This is a library that will hopefully make it easier for people to integrate with different Social Networks in their applications. Please check out the list of issues/milestones and feel free to contribute. Message me with any issues you have using the library and I will create an issue ticket for it and put it into an upcoming milestone. Thanks…
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(cwnote: I apologize for some of the code formatting. Still learning my way around this markup. If you know how to fix it, feel free to fork and send a pull request.)

iOSSocial is a collection of classes that makes it easy to integrate with one or more popular social networks. Includes OAuth authentication support for each service out-of-the box via view controllers (The underlying data model makes it possible for you to easily build your own UI as well.) and saving of OAuth tokens in the keychain. The code supports authenticating multiple accounts for a given service and also the concept of setting a particular service as the primary service to be used for authentication.

Supported services:

OAuth 2- Instagram, Foursquare

OAuth 1 - Twitter

Coming soon: Facebook (OAuth2)!

Supported iOS platforms: iOS 4, iOS 5


Hopefully coming soon!

Adding iOSSocial to your project

iOSSocial is compiled as a static library. To use it in your project, do the following:

  • Build the project on its own or add it to your application's project/workspace.
  • Link your application against libiOSSocial.a, Security.framework, and SystemConfiguration.framework
  • Include the appropriate headers: LocalInstagramUser.h, LocalFoursquareUser.h, and/or LocalTwitterUser.h
  • Call assignOAuthParams: on the local user object of the service that you want to integrate with.
  • Call isAuthenticated on the local user object of the service to see if the user has already authorized your app.
  • Call authenticateWithScope:fromViewController:withCompletionHandler: on the local user object of the service to present the OAuth Login View Controller to the user. If successful, the error returned by the completion handler will be nil.
  • Call logout on the local user object of the service to blow out the local OAuth goodies.

An Overview of iOSSocial


Use iOSSServicesViewController to present a list of supported services to the user. The controller is evolving, but for now, it shows a list of available services to connect to (based on the services you choose to configure. Read below on iOSSocialServiceProtocol.):

When a service is chosen, the OAuth page for the service is shown:

If the user authenticates for the service, their user account is shown as connected under the accounts section:

Selecting an already connected account logs the user out of that account (ie, clears out their locally stored OAuth access token for their account on the given service). Selected a disconnected account will let the user log back in:

Here is the code in action:

iOSSServicesViewController *iossServicesViewController = [[iOSSServicesViewController alloc] init];
iossServicesViewController.serviceControllerDelegate = self;
[self.navigationController pushViewController:iossServicesViewController animated:YES];


Which services you want to use is up to you. The underlying code will automatically pick-up which services are available based on what you configure. It is recommended that the services be configured in your application delegate before calling any other code. Here is an example of how the Instagram, Twitter, and Foursquare services are configured in an application delegate:

  • (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions { // Note: For Instagram, when setting the object for the kSMOAuth2RedirectURI key in the OAuth params // dictionary, the URL specified MUST match the callback URL you specified when you created your // Instagram application on their site. It doesn't matter what the URL actually points to, but // the value specified here HAS to match what you specified when you created your Instagram app.

    // Note: Be passing YES to the asPrimary parameter, we are stating that Instagram is going to be the primary service for authentication. NSMutableDictionary *params = [NSMutableDictionary dictionary]; [params setObject:@"instagram app client id" forKey:kSMOAuth2ClientID]; [params setObject:@"instagram app client secret" forKey:kSMOAuth2ClientSecret]; [params setObject:@"instagram app callback" forKey:kSMOAuth2RedirectURI]; [params setObject:@"unique name for keychain item" forKey:kSMOAuth2KeychainItemName]; [params setObject:@"" forKey:kSMOAuth2AuthorizeURL]; [params setObject:@"" forKey:kSMOAuth2AccessTokenURL]; [params setObject:@"Instagram Service" forKey:kSMOAuth2ServiceProviderName]; [params setObject:@"basic comments relationships likes" forKey:kSMOAuth2Scope]; [[Instagram sharedService] assignOAuthParams:params asPrimary:YES];

    [params removeAllObjects];

    [params setObject:@"twitter app client id" forKey:kSMOAuth1ClientID]; [params setObject:@"twitter app client secret" forKey:kSMOAuth1ClientSecret]; [params setObject:@"twitter app callback" forKey:kSMOAuth1RedirectURI]; [params setObject:@"unique name for keychain item" forKey:kSMOAuth1KeychainItemName]; [params setObject:@"" forKey:kSMOAuth1RequestTokenURL]; [params setObject:@"" forKey:kSMOAuth1AccessTokenURL]; [params setObject:@"" forKey:kSMOAuth1AuthorizeURL]; [params setObject:@"Twitter Service" forKey:kSMOAuth1ServiceProviderName]; [[Twitter sharedService] assignOAuthParams:params asPrimary:NO];

    [params removeAllObjects];

    [params setObject:@"foursquare app client id" forKey:kSMOAuth2ClientID]; [params setObject:@"foursquare app client secret" forKey:kSMOAuth2ClientSecret]; [params setObject:@"foursquare app callback" forKey:kSMOAuth2RedirectURI]; [params setObject:@"unique name for keychain item" forKey:kSMOAuth2KeychainItemName]; [params setObject:@"" forKey:kSMOAuth2AuthorizeURL]; [params setObject:@"" forKey:kSMOAuth2AccessTokenURL]; [params setObject:@"Foursquare Service" forKey:kSMOAuth2ServiceProviderName]; [[Foursquare sharedService] assignOAuthParams:params asPrimary:NO];

    ... }


Local user account objects are used to represent an authenticated user account for a given service. All of the local user account classes adhere to iOSSocialLocalUserProtocol. The available classes are LocalInstagramUser, LocalTwitterUser, and LocalFoursquareUser (more to come as more services are supported). These derived classes can be created directly or if you just want to get an instance of a local user object for whichever service was set at the primary service you can call [[iOSSocialServicesStore sharedServiceStore] defaultAccount]. Once you have a local user account object, you can authenticate it, query its authentication state, log it out, get its OAuth access token and more. See the code below:

// The defaultAccount method returns an local user object for the service that was set as the primary service.
id localUser = [[iOSSocialServicesStore sharedServiceStore] defaultAccount];

BOOL isAuthenticated = [localUser isAuthenticated];

// The OAuth View Controller is shown modally from the current view controller so pass in 'self' for the 'fromViewController' param.

[localUser authenticateFromViewController:self withCompletionHandler:^(NSError *error){ if (error) { } else { NSString *accessToken = [localUser oAuthAccessToken]; } }];

// Logging out is easy peasy. Note that this does NOT revoke the user's access to the actual service on their site. It just clears out // all of the local OAuth goodies. [localUser logout];


iOSSServicesViewController is powered by iOSServicesDataSource. If you want to use your own UI, you can take a look at how iOSSServicesViewController uses iOSServicesDataSource.

  • (void)tableView:(UITableView *)tableView didSelectRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath { switch (indexPath.section) { case 0: { //get back a local user object here. if authenticated, logout and vice versa. id localUser = [self.dataSource tableView:tableView objectForRowAtIndexPath:indexPath];

        if ([localUser isAuthenticated]) {
            [localUser logout];
            [self refreshUI];
        } else {
            [localUser authenticateFromViewController:self 
                                withCompletionHandler:^(NSError *error){
                                    if (!error) {
                                        [self refreshUI];
    case 1:
        //get back a service object here.
        id<iOSSocialServiceProtocol> service = [self.dataSource tableView:tableView objectForRowAtIndexPath:indexPath];
        id<iOSSocialLocalUserProtocol> localUser = [service localUser];
        [localUser authenticateFromViewController:self 
                            withCompletionHandler:^(NSError *error){
                                if (!error) {
                                    [self refreshUI];
    case 2:
        //the done button was pressed

    } }

Adding Support for a New Service

There are a lot of services to support and this is where you come in. :) To add support for a new service, fork the repo, create a branch and give it a good name, create a sub folder and name it after the service and then create the three following files (You can copy and paste the content from one of the other services. Please bare with me for now. Lots of duplicate code. Need to doa major code cleanup.):

  1. Service.m/.h: This class must implement iOSSocialServiceProtocol and be derived from iOSSocialServiceProtocol or iOSSocialServiceOAuth2Provider depending on if its an OAuth1 or OAuth2 service. See Instagram.m/.h.
  2. ServiceUser.m/.h: This class must implement iOSSocialUserProtocol. See InstagramUser.m/.h.
  3. LocalServiceUser.m/.h: This class must implement toiOSSocialLocalUserProtocol. See LocalInstagramUser.m/.h.
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