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deprecated! see kinto-fxa instead. was: Firefox Accounts support in Cliquet

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With the rename of cliquet to kinto.core, this package is no longer supported. Please upgrade to kinto-fxa instead!

Firefox Accounts support in Cliquet

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Cliquet-fxa enables authentication in Cliquet applications using Firefox Accounts OAuth2 bearer tokens.

It provides:

  • An authentication policy class;

  • Integration with Cliquet cache backend for token verifications;

  • Integration with Cliquet for heartbeat view checks;

  • Some optional endpoints to perform the OAuth dance (optional).

  • Cliquet documentation

  • Issue tracker


As stated in the official documentation, Firefox Accounts OAuth integration is currently limited to Mozilla relying services.

Install the Python package:

pip install cliquet-fxa

Include the package in the project configuration:

cliquet.includes = cliquet_fxa

And configure authentication policy using pyramid_multiauth formalism:

multiauth.policies = fxa

By default, it will rely on the cache configured in Cliquet.


Fill those settings with the values obtained during the application registration:

fxa-oauth.client_id = 89513028159972bc
fxa-oauth.client_secret = 9aced230585cc0aaea0a3467dd800
fxa-oauth.oauth_uri =
fxa-oauth.requested_scope = profile kinto
fxa-oauth.required_scope = kinto
fxa-oauth.webapp.authorized_domains = *
# fxa-oauth.cache_ttl_seconds = 300
# fxa-oauth.state.ttl_seconds = 3600

In case the application shall not behave as a relier (a.k.a. OAuth dance endpoints disabled):

fxa-oauth.relier.enabled = false

If necessary, override default values for authentication policy:

# multiauth.policy.fxa.realm = Realm
# multiauth.policy.fxa.use = cliquet_fxa.authentication.FxAOAuthAuthenticationPolicy

Login flow

OAuth Bearer token

Use the OAuth token with this header:

Authorization: Bearer <oauth_token>

If the token is not valid, this will result in a 401 error response.

Obtain token using Web UI

  • Navigate the client to GET /fxa-oauth/login?redirect=http://app-endpoint/#. There, a session cookie will be set, and the client will be redirected to a login form on the FxA content server;

  • After submitting the credentials on the login page, the client will be redirected to http://app-endpoint/#{token} (the web-app).

Obtain token custom flow

The GET /v1/fxa-oauth/params endpoint can be use to get the configuration in order to trade the Firefox Accounts BrowserID with a Bearer Token. See Firefox Account documentation about this behavior

$ http GET http://localhost:8000/v0/fxa-oauth/params -v

GET /v0/fxa-oauth/params HTTP/1.1
Accept: */*
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
Host: localhost:8000
User-Agent: HTTPie/0.8.0

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Length: 103
Content-Type: application/json; charset=UTF-8
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:28:37 GMT
Server: waitress

    "client_id": "89513028159972bc",
    "oauth_uri": "",
    "scope": "profile"


This document describes changes between each past release.

1.4.0 (2015-10-28)

  • Updated to Cliquet 2.9.0

Breaking changes

  • cliquet-fxa cannot be included using pyramid.includes setting. Use cliquet.includes instead.

1.3.2 (2015-10-22)

Bug fixes

  • In case the Oauth dance is interrupted, return a 408 Request Timeout error instead of the 401 Unauthenticated one. (#11)

  • Do not call cliquet.load_default_settings from cliquet-fxa (#12)

1.3.1 (2015-09-29)

  • Separate multiple scopes by a + in login URL.

1.3.0 (2015-09-29)

Bug fixes

  • Multiple scopes can be requested on the login flow.

  • Multiple scopes can be required for the app.

Configuration changes

  • fxa-oauth.scope is now deprecated. fxa-oauth.requested_scope and fxa-oauth.required_scope should be used instead.

1.2.0 (2015-06-24)

  • Add default settings to define a policy “fxa”. It is now possible to just include cliquet_fxa and add fxa to multiauth.policies setting list.

  • Do not check presence of cliquet cache in initialization phase.

  • Do not use Cliquet logger to prevent initialization errors.

1.1.0 (2015-06-18)

  • Do not prefix authenticated user with fxa_ anymore (#5)

1.0.0 (2015-06-09)

  • Imported code from Cliquet


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