Adding GitHub OAuth to your React application's signup flow enables users to authenticate with their GitHub accounts, simplifying the registration process and enhancing user experience. In this guide, we will walk you through the process of integrating GitHub OAuth into your React application, including code references.
- A GitHub account
- A registered OAuth application on GitHub
- Node.js and npm installed
Adding GitHub OAuth to Your Signup Flow
Step 1: Register Your OAuth Application on GitHub
First, register your application on GitHub:
1. Visit the GitHub Developer settings
2. Click on the 'New OAuth App' button
3. Fill in the required details:
- Application name: Your application's name
- Homepage URL: Your application's homepage URL
- Application description: A brief description of your application (optional)
- Authorization callback URL: The URL where users will be redirected after authentication (e.g., http://localhost:3000/auth/github/callback)
4. Click 'Register Application'
After registering, you'll receive a 'Client ID' and 'Client Secret' – note these down, as they'll be needed later.
Step 2: Set Up Your React Application
Create a new React application using Create React App:
Step 3: Create the GitHub OAuth Component
Create a new GitHubOAuth.js component in the src folder:
Replace 'your_client_id' and 'your_client_secret' with the values obtained from GitHub. Replace ‘your_site.com’ with the actual site you want to redirect back to after authorizing with Github.
Step 4: Integrate the GitHub OAuth Component
In your src/App.js file, import and render the GitHubOAuth component:
Step 5: Run the React Application
Now run your React application.
Your React application should be running at http://localhost:3000. Click on the "Sign in with GitHub" link to test the GitHub OAuth integration. You should be redirected to GitHub for authorization, and upon successful authentication, you'll see the user's GitHub profile name logged in the console.
Build a Login Flow using Feathery and GitHub OAuth
You can easily add a Feathery form to your website to create a login & signup flow that supports GitHub OAuth. Simply get started with one of our login templates. Otherwise if you choose to add login & signup functionality to a custom form, the steps are:
- Connect an authentication provider to your form
- Add a GitHub OAuth login method to your form
- Connect your Feathery login flow to your site
That's it—three easy steps to create a login flow using Feathery and GitHub OAuth.
Keep in mind that if you opt to integrate GitHub OAuth outside of Feathery, you'll need to store the received user profile data securely in a database and handle user sessions properly. Additionally, you'll want to consider moving the token exchange process to a secure backend server to protect your client_secret.