How to Add GitLab OAuth to Your Signup Flow

Learn how to add GitLab OAuth to your signup flow.

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Adding GitLab OAuth to your React application's signup flow enables users to authenticate with their GitLab accounts, simplifying the registration process and enhancing user experience. In this guide, we will walk you through the process of integrating GitLab OAuth into your React application, including code references.


Adding GitHub OAuth to Your Signup Flow

Step 1: Register Your OAuth Application on GitLab

First, register your application on GitLab:

1. Visit the GitLab Applications settings

2. Fill in the required details:

  • Name: Your application's name
  • Redirect URI: The URL where users will be redirected after authentication (e.g., http://localhost:3000/auth/gitlab/callback)
  • Scopes: Select 'read_user' for basic user information

3. Click 'Save Application'

After registering, you'll receive an 'Application ID' and '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 GitLab OAuth Component

Create a new GitLabOAuth.js component in the src folder:

Replace 'your_application_id' and 'your_secret' with the values obtained from GitLab.

Step 4: Integrate the GitLab OAuth Component

In your `App.js` file, import and render the GitLabOAuth 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 GitLab" link to test the GitLab OAuth integration. You should be redirected to GitLab for authorization, and upon successful authentication, you'll see the user's GitLab profile name logged in the console.

Build a Login Flow using Feathery and GitLab OAuth

You can easily add a Feathery form to your website to create a login & signup flow that supports GitLab 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:

That's it—three easy steps to create a login flow using Feathery and GitLab OAuth.


Keep in mind that if you opt to integrate GitLab 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.