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A simple, lightweight OAuth2 client

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sanction [sangk-shuhn]: authoritative permission or approval, as for an action.

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sanction is a lightweight, dead simple client implementation of the
OAuth2 protocol. The major goals of the library are:

- Support multiple providers

- Most providers have varying levels of diversion from the official
spec. The goal with this library is to either handle these diversions
natively, or expose a method to allow client code to deal with it
efficiently and effectively.

- Support all server-side OAuth2 flows

- Three of the four OAuth2 flows should be supported by this library.
Currently, only authorization code and client credential flows have
been tested due to lack of other (known) implementations.

sanction has been tested with the following OAuth2 providers:

* Facebook_ (include the test API)
* Google_
* Foursquare_
* bitly_
* GitHub_
* StackExchange_
* Instagram_

.. _Facebook:
.. _Google:
.. _Foursquare:
.. _GitHub:
.. _Instagram:
.. _bitly:
.. _GitHub:
.. _StackExchange:
.. _Instagram:

:note: The intention of the sanction library is to not only provide accessibility
to the OAuth2 authorization code flow, but all server-side flows. However,
due to lack of implementations, the only tested currently teseted flows
are authorization code and client credentials.


For the quickstart, authorization code grant flow is assumed, as is the
Bearer token type. If you're unfamiliar with these terms, chances are that
they're what you're looking for as it's the default in most public OAuth2
provider implementations (Google, Facebook, Foursquare, etc.).

Introducing this library should be rather trivial (in the usual basic case).
There are three steps required in the most common use case (Google is assumed
to be the provider throughout sample code):

You can also take a look at the example code in ``/example``.


To access protected resources via the OAuth2 protocol, you must instantiate a
``Client`` and pass it relevant endpoints for your current operation::

from sanction.client import Client

# instantiating a client to get the auth URI
c = Client(auth_endpoint="",

# instantiating a client to process OAuth2 response
c = Client(token_endpoint="",

Of course, you may create the config ``dict`` in your preferred method, the
above is simply for demonstration using the required config settings (the
example project uses ``ConfigParser`` against an ``.ini`` file for settings.

Authorization Request
The next step is to redirect the user agent to the provider's authentication/
authorization uri (continuation from previous code block)::

scope_req = ("scope1","scope2",)

You can also elect to use the optional ``state`` parameter to pass a CSRF token
that will be included if the provider's response::


:note: It is **strongly** encouraged that you use the ``state`` parameter to
offer CSRF protection. It is also up to you to process the ``state``
parameter and handle redirection accordingly *before* calling

Access Token Request
When the user has granted or denied resource access to your application, they
will be redirected to the ``redirect_uri`` as specified by the value of the ``GET``
param. In order to request an access token from the provider, you must
request an access token from the provider::


If the user has granted access and your config settings are correct, you should
then be able to access protected resources through the adapter's API::


There are no implementations for individual OAuth2-exposed resources. This is not
the intention of the library and will not be added.

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