OAuth Server for authenticating users to access google apis

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import googleOauthServer from '';



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OAuth server to allow authentication with google

This node server in this project provides the following:

  • builds a url that will open the Google auth page that a user logs into Google with
  • exchanges the code provided from the step above for a valid access_token
  • stores a refresh_token in a database so that it is available for the account no matter what device the user is on.
  • refreshes the access_token when it expires using the refresh_token stored in the database.

The client provides the following:

  • navigates to the Google Authorisation page using the url provided by the server
  • exchanges the code for a valid access_token
  • uses the access_token to make authorised requests to a Google api
  • automatically refreshes tokens as part of a request if the token has expired
  • revokes tokens to support log out

The client does NOT store the tokens between sessions. It is up to the developer to do this - it is suggested to use local storage and not cookies.


As standalone server

You can check this project out and run it as a standalone server that will provide authenticated keys for a client application.


To run this project you will need:

  • Credentials from the Google Developers Console (client_id and client_secret)
  • a mongoDB instance - used for storing refresh tokens


Clone the github repo

git clone

Install dependencies. This will also compile the typescript files.

npm install

Set environment variables or update devDependencies.env (this will set environment variables).

You will need to enter your CLIENT_ID and CLIENT_SECRET from the Google Developers Console. Enter any required authorisation SCOPES that your application will use and you will need to enter the MONGODB_URI of your mongoDB.

Other environmental variables are:

  • TOKEN_COLLECTION_NAME to specify the name of the collection to store the tokens in in the mongoDB
  • permittedOrigin optionally specify this to allow applications on another domain to access the server

Start the server

npm start

In non-prod environments (anything where the environment variable NODE_ENV is not production) there will be a test harness app available at http://localhost:8080 (assuming you are still running on port 8080). For this test app to work you must add the scope to the SCOPES environment variable. This app will load a list of YouTube videos for a channel that belongs to the account that you authenticate.

Installing via npm

The project can be installed as a dependency in another project. An external project may wish to use the client code to make authorised requests or it may use the server code to embed the authorisation server in an existing express app.

Install the project as a dependency using npm:

npm install google-oauth-server --save


Import the package:

import googleOAuth = require("google-oauth-server");

Instantiate server:

var dbConnection = new googleOAuth.DataBaseConnection();
var authServer = new googleOAuth.GoogleOAuthServer(dbConnection);

Set up express routes to handle authorisation requests:

var app = express();

app.get( "/auth/*", (req: express.Request, res: express.Response) => {

            result => {
            error => {
                console.log(`Error: ${error}`);
                res.status(500).send(`{"error": "${error}"}`);


Import client:

import {GoogleOAuthClient, IAuthToken} from "google-oauth-server/dist/browser";

Store tokens when they are created or refreshed:

var tokens: IAuthToken;
var authClient = new GoogleOAuthClient("");

    .do( result => tokens = result)

Make a request:

authClient.makeRequest("channels?part=id&mine=true", tokens);