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A GraphQL endpoint and authentication backend to signup or login a valid user access token from Facebook

Project description

Django Facebook Login

django-facebook-login provides an authentication backend and a GraphQL mutation that takes a Facebook user-access-token and the user's email and then does one of the following:

  • Sign-up new user
  • Connect existing Django user with their Facebook account
  • Login existing, already connected Django user

In all cases, the user will be authenticated afterwards. This means, unlike most other custom authentication backends, this backend will create a new user if the given credentials (Facebook email + Facebook user access token) are not known, yet.

Make sure you read the Noteworthy Things below before you decide to use this library.

Quick start

  1. Add "facebook-login" to your INSTALLED_APPS setting like this:

  2. Add the FacebookAuthBackend to your AUTHENTICATION_BACKENDS setting:

  3. Hook up the mutation in your GraphQL schema:

    # in your main ``:
    import graphene
    from facebook_login import schema as fb_login
    class Mutation(
    class Queries(...):
    schema = graphene.Schema(query=Queries, mutation=Mutation)
  4. Run python migrate to create the FacebookAccount table.

  5. Configure the app in your

    # Get these values from

Noteworthy things

This library does not include frontend code

You still need extra code on your frontend that retrieves the user access token from Facebook. Usually you would hook up the official Facebook login button that triggers the official Facebook login popup and then write some code that sends the token that was returned by Facebook to our mutation.

This library forces the user to grant access to their Facebook email

During the official Facebook login popup, the user can decide to revoke access to the email address. Other libraries, like django-allauth will have some extra views where the user is then asked to enter an email anyways, after the Facebook login. We do not care about this. Instead, we will ask the user to press the login button again and this time please grant access to the email address.

This library does not return a JWT token or anything like it

Please note that we don't use JWT in our projects. We use Django's default session based authentication. Therefore, our mutation does not return anything.

Our mutation does call Django's login() function, which will save the new login-state into the user's session. When the mutation returns, it will instruct the browser to save the new session key in the cookie. Our frontend will then trigger a window.location = /new/url/, since this is a new request (including the new session key), the server-rendered response will realize that this is a now logged-in user.

If you would like to disable this behavior, you may provide a custom function for the FB_LOGIN_SUCCESS_HANDLER setting (see below).


This app uses the following settings:

FB_LOGIN_APP_ID (mandatory)

This should be your Facebook app-id.


This should be your Facebook app secret.


Default: 'v5.0'

You can set this to a higher version in order to stay compliant with the Facebook guidelines. Of course, just bumping the version number does not guarantee that this app will still work, but the APIs that we use here have been pretty stable for years, so it might just work.


Default: facebook_login.utils.success_handler_default

Set this to your own function in case you need to do additional things when a user logs in. You can find our original implementation in utils.success_handler_default().

Your custom function may return a string and that string would be passed on to the frontend by the mutation as the extra key. You will most likely want to return something like this: json.dumps({'token': 'ABC123...'}). If you do return something (i.e. a JWT token), then the mutation will return it to the frontend as the extra key.


Default: facebook_login.utils.error_handler_default

Set this to your own function, for example if you would like to log certain exceptions to Sentry or alert you in other ways when Facebook login attempts are crashing. By default, only the user will see error messages on the frontend but you will likely not notice that something is wrong.

Your implementation should look something like this:

from facebook_login import exceptions

def error_handler_custom(facebook_auth_mutation, request, exception):
    message = ''
    if isinstance(exception, exceptions.UserEmailException):
        message = str(exception)
        message = ('Failed to login with Facebook. Our engineers have been'
                   ' notified. Please try again, later.')

    # log exception to Sentry

    return facebook_auth_mutation(
            'facebook': [message]

As you can see, this way you can customize the error messages that are shown to the user and you can use any logging service that you like.


Default: ''

Allows to override the base API URL, just in case. Of course, we are not sure, if a future API would be backwards compatible, so just changing this to a higher API version number might cause issues with this library.


KeyError: 'password'

If this happens, chances are that you are using django-allauth. Their authentication backend crashes when Django's authenticate() function is called without a username and password keyword-argument. As a workaround, you can just make sure that facebook_login.auth_backends.FacebookAuthBackend appears before other authentication backends.


  • Clone this repo
  • mkvirtualenv --python=python3.6 django-facebook-login
  • pip install -r requirements.txt
  • pip install -r test_requirements.txt
  • fab test
  • open htmlcov/index.html
  • ./ migrate # This creates a sqlite3 DB
  • ./ createsuperuser
  • ./ runserver

Unfortunately, running the local devserver only gives you access to the Django admin. There is no demo-frontend code that would actually call this library's backend code, yet.


This library was built with love at The Artling

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