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Securely redirects OAuth responses to known clients.

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During the OAuth workflow a webserver defined by redirect_uri receives the result of a the authorization given by the enduser.

This redirect_uri is usually a whitelisted uri to avoid phising attacks.

Unfortunately this makes it hard to write an OAuth integrated client to an API where the domain is not known in advance.

Faced with such a situation we wrote this server to move the decision of who can receive the result of an OAuth handshake from the OAuth provider to an intermediary.

How it Works

Using oauth_redirect the OAuth workflow works as follows:

  1. The oauth_redirect server is run on a TLS protected site. For example:
  2. The OAuth provider is configured to allow redirects to
  3. The client that wants to acquire the authorisation registers itself with the oauth_redirect server using a secret authentication code.
  4. The enduser is presented with the OAuth authorization site, with the redirect_uri set to
  5. The result is sent to the oauth_redirect server, which will forward/proxy the request to the client, if and only if the client has registered itself before and the request from the OAuth provider contains a token to that effect.


POST /register/<authentication code>

Used by the client/authorisation seeker to register itself. The client is required to include a secret authentication code in the registration message.

The body of the POST request is a json in this form:

    'url': "The url that handles the forwarded OAuth response.",
    'method': "The method with which the url should be called (get, put or post).",
    'success_url': "The url the server redirects to if the handler url returns a 2XX code.",
    'error_url': "The url the server redirects to if the handler url returns a non-2XX code.",
    'ttl': "The optional time to live in seconds (defaults to 3600 seconds)",
    'secret': "A client-specific secret that should be used authenticate
    the forwarded request. If the request does not contain this secret,
    someone other than oauth_redirect has sent it.",

Returns the token which needs to be passed by the OAuth provider:

    'token': "..."

(GET|POST) /redirect

The endpoint communicated to the OAuth provider through the redirect_uri. To authenticate the request coming from the OAuth provider must contain the token given by /register/<authentication code>.

Usually OAuth providers provide some kind of of value that may be passed from the client to the redirect_uri. This value can be used to carry the token back to the oauth_redirect server.

If there is no such value, the token may also be passed by url, using query paramters (i.e.…).

Any value will do, a value in a json body, a formdata value or a query parameter.

If the redirect request is accepted it is proxied to the registered url. The result of the /redirect request is the result of the proxied url.

If the request was accepted, it is deleted.


The server is implemented using aiohttp. It requires at least Python 3.5.

Though it might be possible to implement TLS support on the oauth_redirect we recommend that you put it behind a proper web proxy like nginx/apache.

To run the server run:

oauth-redirect --host localhost --port 8080 --database registered --auth <your custom auth code>

Run the Tests

Install tox and run it:

pip install tox

Limit the tests to a specific python version:

tox -e py27


Oauth_redirect follows PEP8 as close as possible. To test for it run:

tox -e pep8

Oauth_redirect uses Semantic Versioning

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oauth_redirect is released under GPLv2


0.3.0 (2017-05-24)

  • Adds the ability to define a success and an error url. [href]

0.2.0 (2017-05-24)

  • Adds the ability to define the HTTP method with which the redirect target should be called. [href]
  • Adds support for GET in addition to POST for the redirect view handler. [href]

0.1.0 (2017-05-23)

  • Initial Release. [href]

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