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Android WebAuthn Authenticator Library

This library is meant to serve as an example implementation of the WebAuthn authenticator model. While the specification is currently in Candidate Recommendation, this library conforms as much as possible to the guidelines and implementation procedures outlined by the document.

This implementation currently requires Android API level 28 (Android 9.0) due to the use of the BiometricPrompt.


You can use JitPack to include this module in your Android project, or you can include the source code.

Using JitPack

Add this in your root build.gradle:

    allprojects {
        repositories {
            maven { url '' }

Add this to your dependencies list:

    dependencies {
        implementation 'com.github.duo-labs:android-webauthn-authenticator:master-SNAPSHOT'

Using Source

Pull the source

$ cd ~/your/project/src/directory
$ git clone

Add the module to your Android project

In Android Studio: File -> New -> Import Module and then point it at the android-webauthn-authenticator directory.

Add the module as a dependency

In Android Studio: File -> Project Structure -> App -> Dependencies -> + -> Module Dependency

Select the android-webauthn-authenticator module. After a Gradle sync, you should be able to use the duo.labs.webauthn package.


You must first instantiate an Authenticator object.

// Authenticator(Context ctx, boolean authenticationRequired, boolean strongboxRequired)
Authenticator authenticator = new Authenticator(context, true, true);

The Authenticator object is safe to instantiate multiple times.

The arguments passed to the constructor determine whether the keys it generates will require biometric authentication (i.e. can be turned off for testing) and if keys should be stored by the StrongBox Keymaster.

Note that StrongBox is only available on some Android devices.

Make Credential (User Registration)

You can create a new credential by passing an AuthenticatorMakeCredentialOptions object to Authenticator.makeCredential(). You can instantiate an AuthenticatorMakeCredentialOptions object directly and manually set its fields, or use our JSON format.

Our JSON format mostly tracks the arguments to authenticatorMakeCredential from the WebAuthn specification, with a few changes necessary for the serialization of binary data. Here's an example:

    "authenticatorExtensions": "", // optional and currently ignored
    "clientDataHash": "LTCT/hWLtJenIgi0oUhkJz7dE8ng+pej+i6YI1QQu60=", // base64
    "credTypesAndPubKeyAlgs": [
        ["public-key", -7]
    "excludeCredentials": [
            "type": "public-key",
            "id": "lVGyXHwz6vdYignKyctbkIkJto/ADbYbHhE7+ss/87o=" // base64
            // "transports" member optional but ignored
    "requireResidentKey": true,
    "requireUserPresence": false,
    "requireUserVerification": true,
    "rp": {
        "name": "",
        "id": ""
    "user": {
        "name": "testuser",
        "displayName": "Test User",
        "id": "/QIAAAAAAAAAAA==" // base64

Note that requireResidentKey and requireUserPresence are effectively ignored: keys are resident by design, and user presence will always be verified. User verification will always be performed if the Authenticator is instantiated with authenticationRequired set to true; otherwise biometric authentication will not be performed and credential generation will fail if requireUserVerification is true.

(Per the spec, requireUserPresence must be the inverse of requireUserVerification)

Create the options object from JSON:

AuthenticatorMakeCredentialOptions makeCredentialOptions = AuthenticatorMakeCredentialOptions.fromJSON(options);

Then, make a new credential with the options given.

AttestationObject attestationObject = authenticator.makeCredential(makeCredentialOptions);
// or if you want to require user verification and need the biometric dialog:
AttestationObject attestationObject = authenticator.makeCredential(makeCredentialOptions, context, cancellationSignal);

makeCredential requires an application context in order to show the BiometricPrompt, and also accepts an optional CancellationSignal to allow user-initiated cancellation.

Once you have an AttestationObject, you can also retrieve its CBOR representation as follows:

byte[] attestationObjectBytes = attestationObject.asCBOR();

Get Assertion (User Login)

Similar to makeCredential, getAssertion takes an AuthenticatorGetAssertionOptions object which you can either instantiate manually or deserialize from JSON.

The JSON format follows authenticatorGetAssertion with some changes made for handling of binary data. Here's an example:

    "allowCredentialDescriptorList": [{
        "id": "jVtTOKLHRMN17I66w48XWuJadCitXg0xZKaZvHdtW6RDCJhxO6Cfff9qbYnZiMQ1pl8CzPkXcXEHwpQYFknN2w==", // base64
        "type": "public-key"
    "authenticatorExtensions": "", // optional and ignored
    "clientDataHash": "BWlg/oAqeIhMHkGAo10C3sf4U/sy0IohfKB0OlcfHHU=", // base64
    "requireUserPresence": true,
    "requireUserVerification": false,
    "rpId": ""

Create the options object from JSON:

AuthenticatorGetAssertionOptions getAssertionOptions = AuthenticatorGetAssertionOptions.fromJSON(options);

Step 7 of authenticatorGetAssertion requires that the authenticator prompt a credential selection. You can use our provided SelectCredentialDialogFragment to provide an interface for user-selection, or implement the CredentialSelector interface to receive a callback when it is time to select a credential.

Programmatic Credential Selection

If you want to programatically select credentials, you'll need to implement CredentialSelector, which is a simple interface:

public interface CredentialSelector {
    public PublicKeyCredentialSource selectFrom(List<PublicKeyCredentialSource> credentialList);

Here's a barebones example:

AuthenticatorGetAssertionResult assertionObject = authenticator.getAssertion(getAssertionOptions, new CredentialSelector() {
    public PublicKeyCredentialSource selectFrom(List<PublicKeyCredentialSource> credentialList) {
        return credentialList.get(0);

User-driven Credential Selection

You can also create a credential selector dialog by using the SelectCredentialDialogFragment helper class, which takes a DialogFragment:

SelectCredentialDialogFragment credentialSelector = new SelectCredentialDialogFragment();
AuthenticatorGetAssertionResult assertionObject = authenticator.getAssertion(options, credentialSelector, context, cancellationSignal);

The fragmentActivity supplied should be the main Activity with which the user is currently interacting.

As with the makeCredential operation, in the user-driven case, getAssertion requires an application context in order to show the BiometricPrompt and accepts an optional CancellationSignal to allow user-initiated cancellation.