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Authlogic OAuth

Authlogic OAuth is an extension of the Authlogic library to add OAuth support. One use case for authentication with OAuth is allowing users to log in with their Twitter credentials.

Helpful links

* Authlogic: * OAuth Example Project: * Live example with Twitter:

Install and use

1. Install Authlogic and setup your application

2. Install OAuth and Authlogic_Oauth

$ sudo gem install oauth
$ sudo gem install authlogic-oauth

Now add the gem dependencies in your config:

config.gem "oauth"
config.gem "authlogic-oauth", :lib => "authlogic_oauth"

Or for older version of rails, install it as a plugin:

$ script/plugin install git://

3. Make some simple changes to your database:

class AddUsersOauthFields < ActiveRecord::Migration
  def self.up
    add_column :users, :oauth_token, :string
    add_column :users, :oauth_secret, :string
    add_index :users, :oauth_token

    change_column :users, :login, :string, :default => nil, :null => true
    change_column :users, :crypted_password, :string, :default => nil, :null => true
    change_column :users, :password_salt, :string, :default => nil, :null => true

  def self.down
    remove_column :users, :oauth_token
    remove_column :users, :oauth_secret

    [:login, :crypted_password, :password_salt].each do |field|
      User.all(:conditions => "#{field} is NULL").each { |user| user.update_attribute(field, "") if user.send(field).nil? }
      change_column :users, field, :string, :default => "", :null => false

4. Make sure you save your objects properly

You only need to save your objects this way if you want the user to authenticate with their OAuth provider.

That being said, you probably want to do this in your controllers. You should do this for BOTH your User objects and UserSession objects (assuming you are authenticating users). It should look something like this: do |result|
  if result
    flash[:notice] = "Login successful!"
    redirect_back_or_default account_url
    render :action => :new

You should save your @user objects this way as well, because you also want the user to authenticate with OAuth.

Notice we are saving with a block. Why? Because we need to redirect the user to their OAuth provider so that they can authenticate. When we do this, we don't want to execute that block of code, because if we do, we will get a DoubleRender error. This lets us skip that entire block and send the user along their way without any problems.

5. Define the oauth_consumer class method on your UserSession model

The oauth_consumer should return an OAuth::Consumer which is configured for your OAuth provider. Here's an example for Twitter:

class UserSession < Authlogic::Session::Base

  def self.oauth_consumer"TOKEN", "SECRET",
    { :site=>"",
      :authorize_url => "" })


6. Add login and register buttons to your views

<%= oauth_register_button :value => "Register with Twitter" %>
<%= oauth_login_button :value => "Login with Twitter" %>

That's it! The rest is taken care of for you.

Here are some next steps for the plugin.

  1. Safe OAuth error handling.

  2. Remove oauth request from the Rails request cycle.

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