An OAuth1 library for Google Apps Script.
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OAuth1 for Apps Script

OAuth1 for Apps Script is a library for Google Apps Script that provides the ability to create and authorize OAuth1 tokens. This library uses Apps Script's new StateTokenBuilder and /usercallback endpoint to handle the redirects.

Note: OAuth1 for Google APIs is deprecated and scheduled to be shut down on April 20, 2015. For accessing Google APIs, use the Apps Script OAuth2 library instead.


This library is already published as an Apps Script, making it easy to include in your project. To add it to your script, do the following in the Apps Script code editor:

  1. Click on the menu item "Resources > Libraries..."
  2. In the "Find a Library" text box, enter the script ID 1CXDCY5sqT9ph64fFwSzVtXnbjpSfWdRymafDrtIZ7Z_hwysTY7IIhi7s and click the "Select" button.
  3. Choose a version in the dropdown box (usually best to pick the latest version).
  4. Click the "Save" button.

Alternatively, you can copy and paste the files in the /dist directory directly into your script project.

Callback URL

Before you can start authenticating against an OAuth1 provider, you usually need to register your application and retrieve the consumer key and secret. Often these registration screens require you to enter a "Callback URL", which is the URL that users will be redirected to after they've authorized the token. For this library (and the Apps Script functionality in general) the URL will always be in the following format:{SCRIPT ID}/usercallback

Where {SCRIPT ID} is the ID of the script that is using this library. You can find your script's ID in the Apps Script code editor by clicking on the menu item "File > Project properties".

Alternatively you can call the service's getCallbackUrl() method to view the exact URL that the service will use when performing the OAuth flow:

 * Logs the callback URL to register.
function logCallbackUrl() {
  var service = getService();


Using the library to generate an OAuth1 token has the following basic steps.

1. Create the OAuth1 service

The Service class contains the configuration information for a given OAuth1 provider, including it's endpoints, consumer keys and secrets, etc. This information is not persisted to any data store, so you'll need to create this object each time you want to use it. The example below shows how to create a service for the Twitter API.

function getTwitterService() {
  // Create a new service with the given name. The name will be used when
  // persisting the authorized token, so ensure it is unique within the
  // scope of the property store.
  return OAuth1.createService('twitter')
      // Set the endpoint URLs.
      // Set the consumer key and secret.
      // Set the name of the callback function in the script referenced
      // above that should be invoked to complete the OAuth flow.
      // Set the property store where authorized tokens should be persisted.

2. Create a request token and direct the user to the authorization URL

Apps Script UI's are not allowed to redirect the user's window to a new URL, so you'll need to present the authorization URL as a link for the user to click. The service's authorize() method generates the request token and returns the authorization URL.

function showSidebar() {
  var twitterService = getTwitterService();
  if (!twitterService.hasAccess()) {
    var authorizationUrl = twitterService.authorize();
    var template = HtmlService.createTemplate(
        '<a href="<?= authorizationUrl ?>" target="_blank">Authorize</a>. ' +
        'Reopen the sidebar when the authorization is complete.');
    template.authorizationUrl = authorizationUrl;
    var page = template.evaluate();
  } else {
    // ...

3. Handle the callback

When the user completes the OAuth1 flow, the callback function you specified for your service will be invoked. This callback function should pass its request object to the service's handleCallback() method, and show a message to the user.

function authCallback(request) {
  var twitterService = getTwitterService();
  var isAuthorized = twitterService.handleCallback(request);
  if (isAuthorized) {
    return HtmlService.createHtmlOutput('Success! You can close this tab.');
  } else {
    return HtmlService.createHtmlOutput('Denied. You can close this tab');

Note: In an Apps Script UI it's not possible to automatically close a window or tab, so you'll need to direct the user to close it themselves.

4. Make authorized requests

Now that the service is authorized you can use it to make reqests to the API. The service's fetch() method accepts the same parameters as the built-in UrlFetchApp.fetch() and automatically signs the requests using the OAuth1 token.

function makeRequest() {
  var twitterService = getTwitterService();
  var response = twitterService.fetch('');
  // ...


This library was designed to work with any OAuth1 provider, but because of small differences in how they implement the standard it may be that some APIs aren't compatible. If you find an API that it does't work with, open an issue or fix the problem yourself and make a pull request against the source code.

3-legged OAuth

This library was primarily designed to support the 3-legged OAuth flow, where the end-user visits a web page to grant authorization to your application. The "Usage" section above describes how to configure the library for this flow.

2-legged OAuth

This library does not currently support the 2-legged OAuth flow, where tokens are generated but the user is not prompted to authorize access.

Be aware that many OAuth providers incorrectly use the term "2-legged" when describing their OAuth flow, when in reality they are using the 1-legged flow, which this library does support.

1-legged OAuth

This library supports the 1-legged OAuth flow, where the consumer key and secret are simply used to sign requests to the API endpoints, without the creation or exchanging of tokens. To use this flow, setup the service with a consumer key and secret (and optionally a token and token secret) and use it to call the API endpoint. See the Semantics3 sample and Yelp sample for some example usage.

Other features

Resetting the access token

If you have an access token set and need to remove it from the property store you can remove it with the reset() function. Before you can call reset you need to set the property store.

function clearService(){

Setting the request method and parameter location

OAuth1 providers may require that you use a particular HTTP method or parameter location when performing the OAuth1 flow. You can use the methods setMethod() and setParamLocation() to controls these settings.