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Electron Authentication with AppAuth-JS + PKCE

This example app shows how to build an Electron app and authentication with AppAuth-JS and PKCE (Proof Key for Code Exchange).

Please read Build a Desktop App with Electron and Authentication to see how this app was created.

This app was built by forking appauth-js-electron-sample, adding PKCE support, and validating that it works with Okta. I leveraged these PKCE code samples.

Prerequisites: Node.js and an Okta Developer Account.

Okta has Authentication and User Management APIs that reduce development time with instant-on, scalable user infrastructure. Okta's intuitive API and expert support make it easy for developers to authenticate, manage, and secure users and roles in any application.

Getting Started

To install this example application, run the following commands:

git clone https://github.com/oktadeveloper/okta-appauth-js-electron-example.git
cd okta-appauth-js-electron-example

This will get a copy of the project installed locally. To install all of its dependencies and start the app, run the following commands.

npm i

Create a New OIDC App in Okta

You will need to create an OIDC Application in Okta to get your settings to perform authentication.

  1. Log in to your developer account on developer.okta.com.
  2. Navigate to Applications and click on Add Application.
  3. Select Native and click Next.
  4. Give the application a name (e.g., My Electron App) and add http://localhost:8000 as a Login redirect URI.
  5. For Grant type allowed, select Refresh Token in addition to Authorization Code.
  6. Click Done.

Modify flow.ts to use your Okta app's settings.

const openIdConnectUrl = 'https://{yourOktaDomain}/oauth2/default';
const clientId = '{yourClientId}';

Update app.ts to use your app's /userinfo endpoint.

let request =
    new Request('https://{yourOktaDomain}/oauth2/default/v1/userinfo', {
      headers: new Headers({'Authorization': `Bearer ${accessToken}`}),
      method: 'GET',
      cache: 'no-cache'
    });

Run npm run dev to launch the app.

This project has two scripts to help you with your development workflow.

  • npm run dev will run the Electron application. This will also start the Typescript compiler in watch mode, and will automatically recompile your application as you start to make changes. Just reload the Electron application to see your changes.
  • npm start is to start the Electron application (without setting up watches that monitor for changes).

Packaging for Production

To package your app for production, electron-builder is integrated.

  • npm run pack will generate the package directory without really packaging it. This is useful for testing purposes.
  • npm run dist will package in a distributable format (e.g. dmg, windows installer, deb package).

NOTE: If the app doesn't start after packaging, it's likely because you don't have code signing configured. To disable Code Signing when building for macOS, run export CSC_IDENTITY_AUTO_DISCOVERY=false. If you have an Apple Developer Account, open Xcode, go to Preferences > Accounts and make sure you're logged in and your development certificates are downloaded.

Links

This example uses the following open source libraries:

Help

Please post any questions as comments on the blog post, or visit our Okta Developer Forums. You can also email developers@okta.com if you'd like to create a support ticket.

License

Apache 2.0, see LICENSE.

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