Skip to content
OAuth module for Guile
Scheme Makefile M4 Shell
Branch: master
Clone or download
Fetching latest commit…
Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time.
Type Name Latest commit message Commit time
Failed to load latest commit information.


guile-oauth is a simple OAuth client module for Guile. It supports the following features:

  • OAuth 1.0 (RFC 5849) protocol support.
  • HMAC-SHA1 and PLAINTEXT signatures.

It depends on the following Guile version and modules:

  • Guile >= 2.2.0.
  • GnuTLS Guile bindings (for HTTPS support).


Download the latest tarball and untar it:

If you are cloning the repository make sure you run this first:

$ autoreconf -vif

Then, run the typical sequence:

$ ./configure --prefix=<guile-prefix>
$ make
$ sudo make install

Where <guile-prefix> should preferably be the same as your system Guile installation directory (e.g. /usr).

If everything installed successfully you should be up and running:

$ guile
scheme@(guile-user)> (use-modules (oauth oauth1))

It might be that you installed guile-oauth somewhere differently than your system’s Guile. If so, you need to indicate Guile where to find guile-oauth, for example:

$ GUILE_LOAD_PATH=/usr/local/share/guile/site guile



These are the main procedures for guile-oauth which are implemented in terms of other guile-oauth procedures you will find in the API.

  • (oauth1-client-request-token url credentials) : Obtain a request token from the server url for the given client credentials.
  • (oauth1-client-authorize-url url token) : Returns a complete authorization URI given the server url and a request token.
  • (oauth1-client-access-token url credentials token verifier) : Obtain an access token from the server url for the given client credentials, request token and verifier.
  • (oauth1-client-request url credentials token) : Access a server’s protected resource url with the given client credentials and an access token.

Example: Twitter client

The following example details how to obtain the tweets of your Twitter home timeline. The complete example is available as a web application under the examples directory.

  • Load the OAuth and JSON modules:
    > (use-modules (oauth oauth1) (json))
  • Define our Twitter URLs and application credentials:
    > (define request-url "")
    > (define authorize-url "")
    > (define access-url "")
    > (define home-timeline "")
    > (define credentials (oauth1-credentials key secret))

    The key and secret are provided by Twitter once you register a new application at

  • Obtain a request token:
    > (define request-token (oauth1-client-request-token request-url credentials))
  • Connect to the following returned URL for authorizing the request token:
    > (oauth1-client-authorize-url authorize-url request-token)

    Here you will need to login to Twitter or simply authorize your application if you are already logged in.

  • Obtain the access token that will allow us to access protected resources:
    > (define access-token
        (oauth1-client-access-token access-url credentials request-token verifier))

    The verifier is the string given by Twitter in the previous step.

  • Get your tweets:
    > (define result (oauth1-client-request home-timeline credentials access-token))
  • Parse the tweets with JSON and get a list of user/tweet pairs:
    > (define tweets (json-string->scm result))
    > (map (lambda (tweet) (cons (hash-ref tweet "user") (hash-ref tweet "text"))) tweets)


guile-oauth is freely available for download under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3).

Copying and distribution of this file, with or without modification, are permitted in any medium without royalty provided the copyright notice and this notice are preserved. This file is offered as-is, without any warranty.

Copyright (C) 2013-2018 Aleix Conchillo Flaque <>

You can’t perform that action at this time.