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OAuth 1.0 and 2.0 for Qt

This library encapsulates the OAuth 1.0 and 2.0 client authentication flows, and the sending of authenticated HTTP requests.

The primary target is Qt Quick applications on embedded devices.

Notes to contributors:

  • Please follow the coding style of the existing source
  • Code contributions are released under Simplified BSD License, as specified in LICENSE. Do not contribute if this license does not suit your code


Class Header Purpose
O0AbstractStore o0abstractstore.h Base class of persistent stores
O0BaseAuth o0baseauth.h Base class of OAuth authenticators
O0SettingsStore o2settingsstore.h QSettings-based persistent store
O0SimpleCrypt o0simplecrypt.h Simple encryption and decryption by Andre Somers
O1 o1.h Generic OAuth 1.0 authenticator
O1Dropbox o1dropbox.h Dropbox OAuth specialization
O1Flickr o1flickr.h Flickr OAuth specialization
O1Freshbooks o1freshbooks.h Freshbooks OAuth specialization
O1Requestor o1requestor.h Makes authenticated OAuth 1.0 requests: GET, POST or PUT, handles timeouts
O1RequestParameter o1.h An extra request parameter participating in request signing
O1Twitter o1twitter.h Twitter OAuth specialization
O2 o2.h Generic OAuth 2.0 authenticator
O2Facebook o2facebook.h Facebook OAuth specialization
O2Gft o2gft.h Google Fusion Tables OAuth specialization
O2Hubic o2hubic.h Hubic OAuth specialization
O2Reply o2reply.h A network request/reply that can time out
O2ReplyServer o2replyserver.h HTTP server to process authentication responses
O2Requestor o2requestor.h Makes authenticated OAuth 2.0 requests (GET, POST or PUT), handles timeouts and token expiry
O2Skydrive o2skydrive.h OneDrive OAuth specialization
O2SurveyMonkey o2surveymonkey.h SurveyMonkey OAuth specialization
OXTwitter oxtwitter.h Twitter XAuth specialization


Clone the Github repository, then add all files in src to your Qt project, by including src/src.pri.

Basic Usage

This example assumes a hypothetical Twitter client that will post tweets. Twitter is using OAuth 1.0.


Include the required header files, and have some member variables that will be used for authentication and sending requests:

#include "o1twitter.h"
#include "o1requestor.h"
O1Twitter *o1;


Instantiate one of the authenticator classes, like O1Twitter, set your application ID and application secret, and install the signal handlers:

o1 = new O1Twitter(this);
connect(o1, SIGNAL(linkedChanged()), this, SLOT(onLinkedChanged()));
connect(o1, SIGNAL(linkingFailed()), this, SLOT(onLinkingFailed()));
connect(o1, SIGNAL(linkingSucceeded()), this, SLOT(onLinkingSucceeded()));
connect(o1, SIGNAL(openBrowser(QUrl)), this, SLOT(onOpenBrowser(QUrl)));
connect(o1, SIGNAL(closeBrowser()), this, SLOT(onCloseBrowser()));

Note: For browserless Twitter authentication, you can use the OXTwitter specialized class which can do Twitter XAuth. You will need to additionally provide your Twitter login credentials (username & password) before calling link().

Handling Signals

O2 is an asynchronous library. It will send signals at various stages of authentication and request processing.

To handle these signals, implement the following slots in your code:

void onLinkedChanged() {
    // Linking (login) state has changed.
    // Use o1->linked() to get the actual state

void onLinkingFailed() {
    // Login has failed

void onLinkingSucceeded() {
    // Login has succeeded

void onOpenBrowser(const QUrl *url) {
    // Open a web browser or a web view with the given URL.
    // The user will interact with this browser window to
    // enter login name, password, and authorize your application
    // to access the Twitter account

void onCloseBrowser() {
    // Close the browser window opened in openBrowser()

Logging In

To log in (e.g. to link your application to the OAuth service), call the link() method:


This initiates the authentication sequence. Your signal handlers above will be called at various stages. Lastly, if linking succeeds, onLinkingSucceeded() will be called.

Logging Out

To log out, call the unlink() method:


Logging out always succeeds, and requires no user interaction.

Sending Authenticated Requests

Once linked, you can start sending authenticated requests to the service. We start with a simple example of sending a text-only tweet or as it's known in Twitter docs, a 'status update'.

First we need a Qt network manager and an O1 requestor object:

QNetworkAccessManager *manager = new QNetworkAccessManager(this);
O1Requestor *requestor = new O1Requestor(manager, o1, this);

Next, create parameters for posting the update:

QByteArray paramName("status");
QByteArray tweetText("My first tweet!");

QList<O1RequestParameter> requestParams = QList<O1RequestParameter>();
requestParams << O1RequestParameter(paramName, tweetText);

QByteArray postData = O1::createQueryParams(requestParams);

// Using Twitter's REST API ver 1.1
QUrl url = QUrl("");

QNetworkRequest request(url);
request.setHeader(QNetworkRequest::ContentTypeHeader, O2_MIME_TYPE_XFORM);

Finally we authenticate and send the request using the O1 requestor object:

QNetworkReply *reply = requestor->post(request, reqestParams, postData);

Continuing with the example, we will now send a tweet containing an image as well as a message.

We create an HTTP request containing the image and the message, in the format specified by Twitter:

QString imagePath("/tmp/image.jpg");
QString message("My tweet with an image!");

QFileInfo fileInfo(imagePath);
QFile file(imagePath);;

QString boundary("7d44e178b0439");
QByteArray data(QString("--" + boundary + "\r\n").toAscii());
data += "Content-Disposition: form-data; name=\"media[]\"; filename=\"" + fileInfo.fileName() + "\"\r\n";
data += "Content-Transfer-Encoding: binary\r\n";
data += "Content-Type: application/octet-stream\r\n\r\n";
data += file.readAll();
data += QString("\r\n--") + boundary + "\r\n";
data += "Content-Disposition: form-data; name=\"status\"\r\n";
data += "Content-Transfer-Encoding: binary\r\n";
data += "Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8\r\n\r\n";
data += message.toUtf8();
data += QString("\r\n--") + boundary + "--\r\n";

QNetworkRequest request;
// Using Twitter's REST API ver 1.1
request.setHeader(QNetworkRequest::ContentTypeHeader, "multipart/form-data; boundary=" + boundary);
request.setHeader(QNetworkRequest::ContentLengthHeader, data.length());

QNetworkReply *reply = requestor->post(request, QList<O1RequestParameter>(), data);

That's it. Tweets using the O2 library!

Storing OAuth Tokens

O2 provides simple storage classes for writing OAuth tokens in a peristent location. Currently, a QSettings based backing store O2SettingsStore is provided in O2. O2SettingsStore keeps all token values in an encrypted form. You have to specify the encryption key to use while constructing the object:

O0SettingsStore settings = new O0SettingsStore("myencryptionkey");
// Set the store before starting OAuth, i.e before calling link()

You can also create it with your customized QSettings object. O2SettingsStore will then use that QSettings object for storing the tokens:

O0SettingsStore settings = new O0SettingsStore(mySettingsObject, "myencryptionkey");

Once set, O2SettingsStore takes ownership of the QSettings object.

Note: If you do not specify a storage object to use, O2 will create one by default (which QSettings based), and use it. In such a case, a default encryption key is used for encrypting the data.

Extra OAuth Tokens

Some OAuth service providers provide additional information in the access token response. Eg: Twitter returns 2 additional tokens in it's access token response - screen_name and user_id.

O2 provides all such tokens via the property - extraTokens. You can query this property after a successful OAuth exchange, i.e after the linkingSucceeded() signal has been emitted.

More Examples

The examples folder contains complete example applications:

Name Description
facebookdemo Command line application authenticating with Facebook
sialis QT Quick Twitter client using OAuth 1
twitterdemo Command line client for authenticating with Twitter and posting status updates. Uses OAuth 1 or Twitter XAuth