OAuth::Consumer - LWP based user agent with OAuth for consumer application
OAuth is a protocol to allow a user to authorize an application to access on its behalf ressources on a server without giving its password to the application. To achieve this aim OAuth have a fairly complicated 3-steps authentication mechanism which require to user to go to a website to authenticate itself. The authentication response is then sent-back by the user itself through a callback mechanism.
OAuth::Consumer hide away to complexity of this process, including the set-up of a callback webserver which can be called by the user browser when its authentication is performed.
This library is oriented toward desktop application, it could possibly be used in a web application but I have not tried it (and the LWP setup may not be the most appropiate in this case).
Authenticating your application with OAuth to access some user's ressources is a matter of requesting and authorising a token. This can be done with the following steps:
use OAuth::Consumer; my $ua = OAuth::Consumer->new( oauth_consumer_key => 'key', oauth_consumer_secret => 'secret' oauth_request_token_url => 'http://provider/oauth/request_token', oauth_authorize_url => 'http://provider/oauth/authorize', oauth_access_token_url => 'http://provider/oauth/access_token' ); my $verifer_url = $ua->get_request_token(); print "You should authentify yourself at this URL: $verifier_url\n"; my ($token, $secret) = $ua->get_access_token()
At this point,
$ua is an OAuth enabled LWP user-agent that you can use to access OAuth protected ressources. You should save the
$secret that you got and, in a later session, you may just do the following to gain access to the protected ressources:
my $ua = OAuth::Consumer->new( oauth_consumer_key => 'key', oauth_consumer_secret => 'secret' oauth_token_=> $token, oauth_token_secret => $secret );
As OAuth::Consumer is a high-level library, this documentation does not describe precisely the OAuth protocol. You may find documentation on this protocol on these websites:
my $ua = OAuth::Consumer->new(%args);
The OAuth::Consumer constructor gives you an LWP::UserAgent object (well, strictly speaking this is an LWP::Authen::OAuth object, but you should not use directly the method of this module). This object is able to authenticate using the OAuth 1.0 or 1.0a protocol (but not OAuth 2.0).
You can give to the constructor any LWP::UserAgent arguments. The OAuth::Consumer constructor expects some additionnal arguments described here:
These values are specific to your application. Depending on the service you are trying to access, you may either choose them arbitrarily, you may be given them by the service provider (e.g. on your application page after registration for Twitter or Google), or they may be fixed to some specific values.
If you specify nothing, the default value of
anyone is used for both (some OAuth provider are known to accept this -- e.g. the Tomboy sync service -- this may not be the case of the service you are trying to access).
The whole point of the OAuth protocol is for an application to get an access token and an associated secret. The consumer key and secret are associated to an application, but the token and its secret are associated to a specific user of this application.
If you already have those (e.g. some service provider, like Twitter, will give it to your user on there)
These are the OAuth endpoints. If you already have an
oauth_token_secret then you do not need these endpoints, otherwise they should be provided to you by the service provider.
Some service provider will provide already authorised tokens and as such will not provide an
oauth_authorize_url. In this case, you should give
'null' for this parameter and use the
'manual' type for
oauth_verifier_type (see below).
You may specify the oauth version to use. Currently only version
'1.0a' are supported by the library. The default is
'1.0a', you may need to revert to
'1.0' with some server.
HMAC-SHA1 signature mode is supported for now (which happens to be the default value of this option). So you should not use this argument.
This parameter allows you to specify the where the user will be sent by the service provider once he has authorised your application. If you do not specify anything for this parameter, it default to
port is a randomly chosen port where the library will listen for the end of the authorisation procedure.
You should not overide this value unless you are familiar with the OAuth protocol and you know what you are doing.
Some service providers (such as Google), allow the special value
'oob' (out of band) which will redirect the user to a web page which will show the verifier value. This value may then be passed as parameter to the
get_access_token method. This
'oob' value is the default when the
manual (see just below).
This parameter allows to specify how the verifier code is received by your application. Currently the library support three modes. The default is
'blocking'. In this mode, a call to
get_access_token will be blocking until the user complete its authentication process at the url given as the result of the
get_request_token call. During this time, the library will have set up a small web server which will wait to be triggered by the user browser at the end of this authentication.
If this setting is not working for you, you may use an
'manual'. In this case, no web server is set up by the library and you must supply the verifier code manually to the
get_access_token method. This verifier may be entered by your user (some service provider will show it to your user) or you may read eat programatically (e.g. performing the authorisation process with WWW::Mechanize directed at the URL which is given back by the
manual mode is the default if you supply an
oauth_callback argument to the constructor.
Finally there is the
thread mode. This mode is similar in functionnalities to the
blocking mode except that the small web server (which get the result of the authentication) is run in a separate thread. This enable you more flexibilities as you can complete the authentication process (be it by your user or with a programatic method) before calling the
get_access_token. Obviously, you will need a Perl with threads enabled to use this mode.
You should also note that in
thread mode the library itself is not thread-safe! It plays with the
ALARM handler and as such it should be called from the main thread of the program. Also, there may not be multiple concurently running OAuth::Consumer object (that is in-between the
get_access_token call) if you are in
You can use these two options to customise the message that the user get after its authentication in the browser. You may either pass a string of text which will be embedded in a small web page, or you may pass a complete web page (which must then start with the
<'<html'>> tag to be recognised) which will be used as-is. In the later case the argument must be UTF-8 encoded (not in Perl internal string representation) with all HTML entities properly escaped (but no checks at all will be performed on the argument beyond the test for the first tag).
This parameter set the timeout value in the
get_access_token method call. That is, the time the user have to performs its authentication on the service provider website. This parameter is ignored when
The default value is
180 (3 minutes). You may set it to
undef to completely remove any timeout.
The methods described here allow you to get an authorised access token and its associated secret. If you already have those (maybe from previous call to these methods) then you do not need them.
An OAuth::Consumer object is also an LWP::UserAgent object and as such you can use any method of the LWP::UserAgent class with an OAuth::Consumer object. If your object is properly identified you may use it directly (e.g. with its
post method) to access OAuth protected ressources (that is, directly after it is constructed if you provided valid
oauth_token_secret to the constructor, or after a call to
get_access_token if you need a new token).
my $verifer_url = $ua->get_request_token(%args)
This call initiates a new authorisation procedure. It does not expect any arguments but you can provide any additionnal OAuth argument required by your service provider. Example of such argument are
realm. You should look at the documentation of your service provider to know which arguments it expects. These arguments will be added as POST arguments in the OAuth query. If you need to pass them as GET arguments (in the url of the query), then you should modify yourself the
oauth_request_token_url that you give to the constructor of the class.
On success, this method returns a string containing an URL to which the application user should be directed to authorise your application to access to the service provider on behalf of this user. At the end of its authorisation the user's browser will be automatically redirected to a small web server set up by the library. This web server will automatically read the
verifier code that is given by the service provider.
You may also use this
verifer_url to programatically authorise your request (e.g. with WWW::Mechanize).
Finally, if your service provider does not need you to authenticate your token then the return value may be ignored and you may directly call the
get_access_token method. In that case you must set the
manual to prevent the application from blocking.
The method will
croak in case of error.
my ($token, $secret) = $ua->get_access_token(%args)
Once you have redirected your user to the verifier url, you can call this method. It will block until the user finishes authenticating itself on the service provider's website. If this process takes more time than the value of the
oauth_verifier_timeout parameter (in the constructor) then the method will croak with the following message:
'Timeout error while waiting for a callback connection'. You can trap this error (with
eval) and, optionnaly, restart the call to
get_access_token (which will wait for the same duration) if the
blocking (you may not call this function more than once per call to
oauth_verifier_type parameter is
'blocking' you must call this function as soon as you have instructed your user to authenticate at the verifier URL.
oauth_verifier_type parameter is
'manual' then this function will not block. But then you must specify an
oauth_verifier named argument to this function with its value being the value of the verifier that you got (your user may have entered it in your application if your using out-of-bound verification).
If your service provider does not require you to verify the request token (and as such did not give you an
oauth_authorize_url). You must use
'manual' mode with a dummy
oauth_authorize_url in the constructor and you should pass an empty value to the
oauth_verifier argument of this method.
All other arguments in the
%args hash will be passed with the access token query. To the author knowledge, no service providers require any arguments with this query (as opposed to the request token query).
Finally, this function plays with the
alarm function and associated handler. So you should not rely on alarm handler set accross this function call.
Here are the steps to follow to request an access token from a ressource provider. To achieve this, you need the 3 endpoints URL that should be described in the documentation of the API of the provider. You also need a consumer key and secret. Depending on the provider and the service, these value may be fixed to a specific value or you may need to register your application at the provider website to get them.
Some providers require extra arguments for the
get_request_token call. These arguments are not mendatory in the OAuth specification but you should check the API documentation of your service provider to know what it expects.
my $ua = OAuth::Consumer->new( oauth_consumer_key => 'my-consumer-key', oauth_consumer_secret => 'my-consumer-secret', oauth_request_token_url => 'http://oauth-provider.example.com/request_token', oauth_access_token_url => 'http://oauth-provider.example.com/access_token', oauth_authorize_url => 'http://oauth-provider.example.com/authorize', ); my $verifier_url = $ua->get_request_token( scope => 'http://oauth-provider.example.com/scope1', xoauth_displayname => 'My Application Name' ); # Send your user to $verifier_url to authenticate or use a WWW::Mechanize # robot to performs the authentication programatically. In this later case, # you should use the "oauth_verifier_type => thread" argument in the call to # new to ensure that the authentication can terminate before the call to # get_access_token. my ($token, $secret) = $ua->get_access_token(); $r = $ua->get('http://oauth-provider.example.com/protected_ressource');
At the end of this procedure you should store the
$secret values as they should remains valid (usually service providers do not expire those). You can then use them directly in a future session.
If your service provider will not redirect your user to OAuth::Consumer validation page, or if it is not feasible to ask the user to use his browser on the same machine as where the program is running, you may use out-of-bound verification where the user will be shown the verification code and can then enter it in your application.
Not all service provider support the
oob callback scheme, so the example below may not work correctly. An alternative is to redirect the user to a web page that you control and that will show the user the verification code. Some practice about this are discussed on this web page: https://sites.google.com/site/oauthgoog/oauth-practices/auto-detecting-approval.
my $ua = OAuth::Consumer->new( oauth_consumer_key => 'my-consumer-key', oauth_consumer_secret => 'my-consumer-secret', oauth_verifier_type => 'manual', oauth_request_token_url => 'http://oauth-provider.example.com/request_token', oauth_access_token_url => 'http://oauth-provider.example.com/access_token', oauth_authorize_url => 'http://oauth-provider.example.com/authorize', ); my $verifier_url = $ua->get_request_token(); print "Please, authenticate yourself at: $verifier_url\n"; print "Type in the verification code that you got: "; my $verifier = <STDIN>; my ($token, $secret) = $ua->get_access_token(oauth_verifier => $verifier); $r = $ua->get('http://oauth-provider.example.com/protected_ressource');
Be carefull that a verifier URL may not remain valid for a long time (usual expiration time is around an hour).
If you saved your user specific access token and secret from a previous session or if your service provider does not allow for the authentication procedure and, instead, gives directly the token and its secret to your user on some web page (e.g. this is what Twitter does), then you can directly use these value in the constructor of the OAuth::Consumer object and completely skip the authentication procedure.
my $ua = OAuth::Consumer->new( oauth_consumer_key => 'my-consumer-key', oauth_consumer_secret => 'my-consumer-secret', oauth_token => $token, oauth_token_secret => $secret ); $r = $ua->get('http://oauth-provider.example.com/protected_ressource');
However, you should check your response code in case the token has been revoked or has expired (in which cases you will probably get a status code of
403, but some servers return a
500 status code).
Some service provider only require a your consumer key to authorise the access to some protected ressource. This is called two-legged request (as opposed to the normal three-legged mode) or tokenless mode.
In this case, once you got your consumer key and secret (probably from your application page on the service provider website) you can just use those to access protected ressource.
my $ua = OAuth::Consumer->new( oauth_consumer_key => 'my-consumer-key', oauth_consumer_secret => 'my-consumer-secret', ); $r = $ua->get('http://oauth-provider.example.com/two-legged_ressource');
HMAC-SHA1signature mode is supported in the OAuth message. This is partly due to the fact that this is the only mode supported by the LWP::Authen::OAuth library from which OAuth::Consumer is inheriting and also to the fact that this mode is supported by all major OAuth enabled service provider. Let me know if you need another signature mode.
Please report any bugs or feature requests to
email@example.com, or through the web interface at http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/ReportBug.html?Queue=OAuth-Consumer.
However note that the tests for this distribution all depend on external service which may be unavailable or broken at some point. I have removed from the distribution the test depending on unreliable provider but some errors may still happen.
Mathias Kende (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Version 0.03 (March 2013)
Copyright 2013 © Mathias Kende. All rights reserved.
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.