Implementing Oauth2 Social Login With Facebook Part 2


In the previous part of this article, we discussed what OAuth2 is and how OAuth2 helps to integrate social login to our application in an easy approach. Also, we discussed how you can use OAuth2 to create a Facebook application on their official website that will later come in handy to continue building our Node.js application.

OAuth2 Workflow for Facebook Login Application

oauth2 facebook login workflow

OAuth2 Facebook login workflow

Let’s discuss the workflow of the application, as per the above screenshot. To create the application we require three main parties. The first one is the Angular application, second is the Facebook server, and the third is the server, which will act as a REST API written with Express.

At first, users will try to login to our application. To do that, they will click on the Login With Facebook button. Then, a dialog will open that will ask the user to enter their Facebook credentials. Finally, the user gives permission to access some of their Facebook data.

After allowing access, our Angular client gets the access token from the Facebook server. For now, we can easily access Facebook data from the Angular client.

But, the server needs to be able to see the access token as well. In order to do this, the Angular application sends a request to the server with the access token. To verify the token, the backend sends a verification request directly to the Facebook server.

If the Facebook server finds the token to be a valid one, it sends back the user’s profile information. After receiving that data, the backend verifies that the user profile data is correct and finally creates a new user in the application. If the user already exists in the backend, the user profile will be updated instead.

Then, the backend server will create a JWT that will identify the user. It then returns that token as a response to the client application. The client app will store that token so that when sending requests to the server; it can send the token along with the request.

You may also like: Deep Dive Into OAuth2.0 and JWT (Part 2 OAuth2.0).

What We’re Building

We will create an application that will have a login with Facebook functionality. In order to understand the overall functioning of this app, you need to have some fundamental knowledge of Angular and Node.js.

To follow along with this tutorial, download the project file.

Then, make sure you install Node.js and MongoDB. After the download is finished extract, the rar file. Then, open two command prompts or terminal windows. In one terminal navigate to the “frontend” folder. In another one, navigate to the “backend” folder. You need to start your MongoDB database too.

Open the “.env” file in the “backend” folder, put actual values in the FACEBOOK_APP_ID and FACEBOOK_APP_SECRET environmental variables. To get those values, you need to put your app id and app secret keys that were generated when you created a Facebook application on Facebook developer’s website.

You may have to change other values, as per your needs. For example, if you want to change the database name, you can do so by changing the value for the DB_DATABASE variable.

In the terminal where you opened the “frontend” folder, run this command npm start. In the terminal where the “backend” folder is opened, run npm run dev-server.

Building the Frontend

Let’s start building the application’s frontend with Angular. To connect our Angular app with Facebook, we need to use Facebook’s Javascript SDK.

For this, we need to add the link to that SDK; we can do so with the help of a script tag in the “index.html” file, as shown below.

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
<head> <meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Frontend</title> <base href="/"> <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1"> <link rel="icon" type="image/x-icon" href="favicon.ico">
<body> <app-root></app-root> <!-- facebook javascript sdk --> <script src="//"></script> </body>

Adding Bootstrap To The Project

Open another terminal, navigate to the “frontend” folder. Run the npm install bootstrap command. This will install Bootstrap locally. Also, you need to add font-awesome for adding the Facebook icon to the login button.

Keep that terminal open. We will need it when we will build our angular application. For doing this, run npm install font-awesome . Then, add that dependency in the “angular.json” file, as shown below in the code snippet.

Adding dependencies

Adding dependencies

Creating Login Component for our OAuth2 Facebook Application

When we will run our application, the user will see the login page. For that purpose, we need to create a login component. Run ng g c login in the terminal window. Open the “login.component.html” file and add the following code for designing the login component.

<div class="container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 custom-card"> <div class="card text-center"> <div class="card-body"> <h5 class="card-title">Log In With Facebook</h5> <p class="card-text">Log in with your existing facebook account</p> <button class="btn btn-primary fb-btn" (click)="fbLogin()"><i class="fa fa-facebook-square fa-2x" aria-hidden="true"></i> Login With Facebook</button> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

In the above code snippet, the fbLogin() method is called when the “Login with Facebook” button is clicked. Let’s write what will happen when that button will be clicked.

import { Component, OnInit } from '@angular/core';
import { UserService } from '../user.service';
import { Router } from '@angular/router';
@Component({ selector: 'app-login', templateUrl: './login.component.html', styleUrls: ['./login.component.css']
export class LoginComponent implements OnInit { constructor( private userService: UserService, private router: Router ) { } ngOnInit() { } fbLogin() { this.userService.fbLogin().then(() => { console.log('Called service from login component'); // console.log(response); this.router.navigate(['dashboard']); }); } }

In the above code snippet, the  fbLogin() method calls user service that performs an API call to our backend server and returns the promise object. After getting that promise object, the user is redirected to the dashboard page.

Creating User Service For Our OAuth2 Facebook Application

import { Injectable } from '@angular/core';
import { HttpClient } from '@angular/common/http'; declare const FB: any; @Injectable({ providedIn: 'root'
export class UserService { constructor(private http: HttpClient) { FB.init({ appId : 'YOUR_FACEBOOK_APP_ID', status : false, cookie : false, xfbml : false, version : 'v4.0' }); } fbLogin() { return new Promise((resolve, reject) => { FB.login(result => { if (result.authResponse) { return this.http .post(`http://localhost:8000/users/auth/facebook`, {access_token: result.authResponse.accessToken}) .toPromise() .then(response => { const token = response; if (token) { localStorage.setItem('id_token', JSON.stringify(token)); } resolve(response); }) .catch(() => reject()); } else { reject(); } }, { scope: 'public_profile,email' }); }); } isLoggedIn() { return new Promise((resolve, reject) => { this.getCurrentUser().then(user => resolve(true)).catch(() => reject(false)); }); } getCurrentUser() { return new Promise((resolve, reject) => { return this.http.get(`http://localhost:8000/api/auth/me`).toPromise().then(response => { resolve(response); }).catch(() => reject()); }); } logout() { localStorage.removeItem('id_token'); localStorage.clear(); } }

This user service will communicate with the Facebook server and our backend server. This service is responsible for performing the following tasks.

  • Making sure so that users can log in with their Facebook profile.
  • Logging users out.
  • Checking if users are logged in or not.
  • Getting details of currently logged in users.

To create the service issue this command in terminal: ng g s user.

Explanation of the Code Snippet

In the UserService TypeScript class, a library is initialized from the Facebook JavaScript SDK. Here, we need to replace “YOUR_FACEBOOK_APP_ID ” with the application id that we got when we created the Facebook application on the facebook’s developers website.

In the fbLogin() method, we are calling the FB.login method that will display a dialog window, so that users can log in. If users are not logged in this dialog will be displayed. This dialog also asks users to allow the application to access user’s data.

The response coming from the FB.login method contains information whether the user is logged in or not,and if they have allowed our application to access their data.

After getting response we call our backend to log in to the application. If user is able to log in to the backend, we will get a token as a response from the backend server.

We stored that token in local storage. So that, later when we will send a request to the backend, we are able to send the token alongwith the request. The main role of the token is to identify the current user.

The  getCurrentUser method gets the data of currently logged in user from the server. The  logout  method removes the token from the browser’s local storage.

Creating a Dashboard Component for Our OAuth2 Facebook Application

Run  ng g c dashboard in the terminal to create a dashboard component. The code snippet for “dashboard.component.html” is shown below.

<div class="navbar navbar-default navbar-fixed-top"> <ul class="nav navbar-nav navbar-right"> <li role="menuitem"><a class="dropdown-item" (click)="logout()">Logout</a></li> </ul>
</div> <div class="page-header"></div> <div class="container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-lg-8 col-md-7 col-sm-6"> <div class="panel panel-default"> <div class="panel-heading text-center">Our Awesome application</div> <div class="panel-body" align="center"> Current User email: {{ }} </div> </div> </div> </div>

In the above code snippet, we are displaying currently logged in user’s email address.

Let’s write the code for getting currently logged in user’s details. The code snippet for the “dashboard.component.ts” file is displayed below.

import { Component, OnInit } from '@angular/core';
import { UserService } from '../user.service';
import { Router } from '@angular/router'; @Component({ selector: 'app-dashboard', templateUrl: './dashboard.component.html', styleUrls: ['./dashboard.component.css']
export class DashboardComponent implements OnInit { public currentUser: any = {}; constructor(private userService: UserService, private router: Router) { } ngOnInit() { this.userService.getCurrentUser().then(profile => this.currentUser = profile) .catch(() => this.currentUser = {}); } logout() { this.userService.logout(); this.router.navigate(['/login']); } }

In the code snippet, at the initialization phase of the dashboard component, we are loading the user’s data. We do so by calling the user service’s getCurrentUser() method inside the ngOnInit() method. After that, we store the user’s data in the currentUser() object.

The currentUser() object is used in the dashboard component’s HTML page to access the user’s email address if they’re currently logged in. In the logout method, we are calling user service’s logout method. After the user is successfully logged out, they are redirected to the login route.

Creating Guards for Our OAuth2 Facebook Application

Let’s assume we want to implement some sort of functionality to allow only those users to visit the dashboard page who are already logged in. We won’t allow users who are not logged in and will redirect them to the login page when they will try to visit the dashboard page.

To add this functionality to an angular application, a guard is used. There are four types of guards in Angular:

  1.  CanActivate: This guard decides whether a route can be activated or not. If this guard returns true, navigation will continue. Otherwise, navigation will not continue to the next route.
  2.  CanActivateChild: It decides if a child route can be activated.
  3.  CanDeactivate: It is helpful to decide if a route can be deactivated.
  4.  CanLoad: It helps to decide whether a module can be lazy-loaded or not.

We need to add two guards in this application.

To create the auth guard type  ng g g auth in the terminal window. The code snippet for AuthGuard is shown below.

import { Injectable } from '@angular/core';
import { ActivatedRouteSnapshot, RouterStateSnapshot, CanActivate, Router } from '@angular/router';
import { UserService } from './user.service'; @Injectable({ providedIn: 'root'
export class AuthGuard implements CanActivate { constructor(private userService: UserService, private router: Router) {} canActivate(route: ActivatedRouteSnapshot, state: RouterStateSnapshot) { return this.checkLogin(); } checkLogin(): Promise<boolean> { return new Promise((resolve, reject) => { this.userService.isLoggedIn().then(() => { resolve(true); }).catch(() => { this.router.navigate(['/welcome']); reject(false); }); }); } }

In the above snippet, AuthGuard checks if the user is logged in or not. This is possible with the help of UserService’s isLoggedIn method. If the user is logged in, we will resolve the promise, and allow the user to visit the dashboard page.

Otherwise, the user will be redirected to the login page.

Similarly to create another guard named anonymous, type  ng g g anonymous in the terminal. The code snippet for it is displayed below.

import { Injectable } from '@angular/core';
import { ActivatedRouteSnapshot, RouterStateSnapshot, CanActivate, Router } from '@angular/router';
import { UserService } from './user.service'; @Injectable({ providedIn: 'root'
export class AnonymousGuard implements CanActivate { constructor(private userService: UserService, private router: Router) {} canActivate(route: ActivatedRouteSnapshot, state: RouterStateSnapshot) { return this.checkLogin(); } checkLogin(): Promise<boolean> { return new Promise((resolve, reject) => { this.userService.isLoggedIn().then(() => { this.router.navigate(['/dashboard']); reject(false); }).catch(() => { resolve(true); }); }); } }

In the code above, AnonymousGuard is used for checking if the user is not logged in. Its functionality is defined in UserService’s isLoggedIn method. If the user is logged in the user will be redirected to the dashboard page.

Defining Routes for Our OAuth2 Facebook Application

import { AuthGuard } from './auth.guard';
import { AnonymousGuard } from './anonymous.guard';
import { DashboardComponent } from './dashboard/dashboard.component';
import { LoginComponent } from './login/login.component';
import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { Routes, RouterModule } from '@angular/router'; const routes: Routes = [ { path: 'login', component: LoginComponent, canActivate: [AnonymousGuard] }, { path: 'dashboard', component: DashboardComponent, canActivate: [AuthGuard] }, { path: '', redirectTo: 'login', pathMatch: 'full' }
]; @NgModule({ imports: [RouterModule.forRoot(routes)], exports: [RouterModule]
export class AppRoutingModule { }

In the route file, we define what component angular will load when a specific route is being accessed by the user. For example, for visiting the login route the LoginComponent will load. When a user visits the application without any path, in that scenario, the LoginComponent will be loaded by default.

Explaining the AppModule

import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { NgModule } from '@angular/core'; import { AppRoutingModule } from './app-routing.module';
import { AppComponent } from './app.component';
import { LoginComponent } from './login/login.component';
import { DashboardComponent } from './dashboard/dashboard.component'; import { JwtModule } from '@auth0/angular-jwt';
import { HttpClientModule } from '@angular/common/http'; export function tokenGetter() { return localStorage.getItem('id_token');
} @NgModule({ declarations: [ AppComponent, LoginComponent, DashboardComponent ], imports: [ BrowserModule, AppRoutingModule, HttpClientModule, JwtModule.forRoot({ config: { tokenGetter, headerName: 'x-auth-token' } }) ], providers: [], bootstrap: [AppComponent]
export class AppModule { }

In the above code snippet, we have used a new module named “auth0/angular-jwt,” so that we can automatically attach a JWT as an authorization header. The browser attaches this header when the application sent the HTTP request.

The main role of the tokenGetter function is to get the JWT from the current user from the browser’s local storage. Angular fetches this token with the key id_token.

Building the Backend With Express JS

Let’s create the backend part of our application. We will be using the Express for creating the REST API. For storing user information, we will use a MongoDB database.

Project Dependencies at a Glance

We are using the lightweight non-opinionated framework of Node i.e, Express. The body-parser module will take care of handling incoming request bodies with a middleware. The “jsonwebtoken” module will handle the JSON web token.

The “passport” module will take care of authentication and “passport-facebook-token” will specifically handle the Facebook authentication. “mongoose” will communicate with MongoDB database. The “dotenv” module facilitates the use of environmental variables and the “cors” module will help to enable CORS on our server.

Creating The Node Server

const express = require('express');
const bodyParser = require('body-parser');
const mongoose = require('mongoose');
const jwt = require('jsonwebtoken');
const expressJwt = require('express-jwt');
const router = express.Router();
const cors = require('cors');
const User = require('./models/user'); // mongoose connection defined as IIFE( immediately invoked function expression)
(async function() { try { await mongoose.connect(`mongodb://${process.env.DB_HOST}:${process.env.DB_PORT}/${process.env.DB_DATABASE}`, { useNewUrlParser: true, useUnifiedTopology: true }); console.log('Connected to mongodb successfully'); } catch(error) { console.log('Error connecting to mongodb'); }
})(); const app = express(); const corsOption = { origin: true, methods: 'GET,HEAD,PUT,PATCH,POST,DELETE', credentials: true, exposedHeaders: ['x-auth-token']
app.use(bodyParser.urlencoded({ extended: true
app.use(bodyParser.json()); // middleware for handling token
const authenticate = expressJwt({ secret: process.env.EXPRESS_JWT_SECRET, requestProperty: 'auth', getToken: (req) => { if(req.headers['x-auth-token']) { return req.headers['x-auth-token']; } return null; }
}); const getCurrentUser = async (req, res, next) => { try { const user = await User.findById(; req.user = user; next(); } catch(error) { next(error); }
}; const getSingle = (req, res) => { const user = req.user.toObject(); delete user['facebook']; delete user['__v']; res.json(user);
}; app.use('/users', require('./routes/users')); router.route('/auth/me') .get(authenticate, getCurrentUser, getSingle); app.use('/api', router); const port = process.env.PORT || 8000;
app.listen(port, () => console.log(`Server running on port ${port}`)); module.exports = app;

In the above code snippet, at first, all the dependencies are declared. Then, while configuring the CORS middleware on line 23, we make sure that the “x-auth-token” header is visible to the Angular client.

This step is necessary. Otherwise, our Angular client would ignore this custom header. It is done with the exposedHeaders property. To connect with the database on line 12, we have used the IIFE (Immediately Invoked Function Expression).

On line 36, we want to validate the JWT in every frontend request. If we find that it is valid, then  req.auth will be set with the decoded JSON object. Later, the middleware that will perform authorization will use this object.

On line 47, the user data is fetched by the user id, and then, that user data is stored in the request object within the user property. Finally, on line 57, to extract only selected data from the user object, we removed two properties, namely  facebook and  __v.

Creating the User Routes File

const express = require('express');
const router = express.Router();
const passport = require('passport');
var passportConfig = require('../config/passport'); //setup configuration for facebook login
passportConfig(); const userController = require('../controllers/users'); router.route('/auth/facebook') .post(passport.authenticate('facebookToken', { session: false }), userController.facebookOAuth); module.exports = router;

On line number 8, we invoked the passportConfig function, which has the actual implementation of how passport js module will handle facebook login functionality.

In this file, we have defined the route where we have configured to use passport js’s token-based strategy for authenticating with Facebook login. That’s why, on line number 13, you will notice that we have set to authenticate with  facebookToken. We then set session as false.

Then, we invoked the userController’s facebookOAuth function.

Creating the Passport.js File

const passport = require('passport');
const facebookTokenStrategy = require('passport-facebook-token');
const User = require('../models/user');
module.exports = function () { passport.use('facebookToken', new facebookTokenStrategy({ clientID: process.env.FACEBOOK_APP_ID, clientSecret: process.env.FACEBOOK_APP_SECRET }, async (accessToken, refreshToken, profile, done) => { try { const existingUser = await User.findOne({ '': }); if(existingUser) { return done(null, existingUser); } const newUser = new User({ method: 'facebook', facebook: { id:, email: profile.emails[0].value, token: accessToken } }); await; done(null, newUser); } catch(error) { done(error, false); } }));

In this file, we are checking if any user exists in the database; if one user is found, we simply return the user object. Otherwise, we create a new user and then return that user object instead.

Creating Users Controller File

const JWT = require('jsonwebtoken');
const User = require('../models/user');
const JWT_SECRET = process.env.JWT_SECRET; createToken = auth => { return JWT.sign({ id: }, JWT_SECRET, { expiresIn: 60 * 120 });
} module.exports = { facebookOAuth: async (req, res, next) => { if(!req.user) { return res.send(401, 'User not authenticated'); } req.token = createToken(req.user); res.setHeader('x-auth-token', req.token); res.status(200).json(req.token); }

In the above code snippet, we are storing the user’s id in a JWT. After generating the JWT, we send it to the frontend (i.e, the Angular application). We send the token with the help of a custom header i.e, x-auth-token.

Creating the User Model File

const mongoose = require('mongoose');
const Schema = mongoose.Schema; var userSchema = new Schema({ method: { type: String, enum: ['facebook'], required: true }, facebook: { id: { type: String }, email: { type: String }, token: { type: String }, select: false }
}); var User = mongoose.model('User', userSchema); module.exports.User = User;


Finally, you have a complete application that enables users to login with their existing Facebook account. You have created that app that follows the OAuth2 protocol in order to build this application.

For developing the frontend, we used Angular. Then, we allowed it to communicate with a backend that is built using Express. If you find this article helpful, consider sharing it with others. Thank you!

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