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<small>(This project was renamed from Google Auth Proxy - May 2015)</small>

A reverse proxy and static file server that provides authentication using Providers (Google, Github, and others)
to validate accounts by email, domain or group.



  1. Download Prebuilt Binary (current release is v2.0.1) or build with $ go get which will put the binary in $GOROOT/bin
  2. Select a Provider and Register an OAuth Application with a Provider
  3. Configure OAuth2 Proxy using config file, command line options, or environment variables
  4. Configure SSL or Deploy behind a SSL endpoint (example provided for Nginx)

OAuth Provider Configuration

You will need to register an OAuth application with a Provider (Google, Github or another provider), and configure it with Redirect URI(s) for the domain you intend to run oauth2_proxy on.

Valid providers are :

The provider can be selected using the provider configuration value.

Google Auth Provider

For Google, the registration steps are:

  1. Create a new project:
  2. Choose the new project from the top right project dropdown (only if another project is selected)
  3. In the project Dashboard center pane, choose "Enable and manage APIs"
  4. In the left Nav pane, choose "Credentials"
  5. In the center pane, choose "OAuth consent screen" tab. Fill in "Product name shown to users" and hit save.
  6. In the center pane, choose "Credentials" tab.
    • Open the "New credentials" drop down
    • Choose "OAuth client ID"
    • Choose "Web application"
    • Application name is freeform, choose something appropriate
    • Authorized JavaScript origins is your domain ex:
    • Authorized redirect URIs is the location of oath2/callback ex:
    • Choose "Create"
  7. Take note of the Client ID and Client Secret

It's recommended to refresh sessions on a short interval (1h) with cookie-refresh setting which validates that the account is still authorized.

Restrict auth to specific Google groups on your domain. (optional)

  1. Create a service account: and make sure to download the json file.
  2. Make note of the Client ID for a future step.
  3. Under "APIs & Auth", choose APIs.
  4. Click on Admin SDK and then Enable API.
  5. Follow the steps on and give the client id from step 2 the following oauth scopes:
  6. Follow the steps on to enable Admin API access.
  7. Create or choose an existing administrative email address on the Gmail domain to assign to the google-admin-email flag. This email will be impersonated by this client to make calls to the Admin SDK. See the note on the link from step 5 for the reason why.
  8. Create or choose an existing email group and set that email to the google-group flag. You can pass multiple instances of this flag with different groups
    and the user will be checked against all the provided groups.
  9. Lock down the permissions on the json file downloaded from step 1 so only oauth2_proxy is able to read the file and set the path to the file in the google-service-account-json flag.
  10. Restart oauth2_proxy.

Note: The user is checked against the group members list on initial authentication and every time the token is refreshed ( about once an hour ).

Azure Auth Provider

  1. Add an application to your Azure Active Directory tenant.
  2. On the App properties page provide the correct Sign-On URL ie https//
  3. If applicable take note of your TenantID and provide it via the --azure-tenant=<YOUR TENANT ID> commandline option. Default the common tenant is used.

The Azure AD auth provider uses openid as it default scope. It uses as a default protected resource. It call to to get the email address of the user that logs in.

GitHub Auth Provider

  1. Create a new project:
  2. Under Authorization callback URL enter the correct url ie

The GitHub auth provider supports two additional parameters to restrict authentication to Organization or Team level access. Restricting by org and team is normally accompanied with --email-domain=*

-github-org="": restrict logins to members of this organisation
-github-team="": restrict logins to members of any of these teams, separated by a comma

If you are using github enterprise, make sure you set the following to the appropriate url:

-login-url="<enterprise github url>/login/oauth/authorize"
-redeem-url="<enterprise github url>/login/oauth/access_token"
-validate-url="<enterprise github api url>/user/emails"

GitLab Auth Provider

Whether you are using or self-hosting GitLab, follow these steps to add an application

If you are using self-hosted GitLab, make sure you set the following to the appropriate URL:

-login-url="<your gitlab url>/oauth/authorize"
-redeem-url="<your gitlab url>/oauth/token"
-validate-url="<your gitlab url>/api/v3/user"

LinkedIn Auth Provider

For LinkedIn, the registration steps are:

  1. Create a new project:
  2. In the OAuth User Agreement section:
    • In default scope, select r_basicprofile and r_emailaddress.
    • In "OAuth 2.0 Redirect URLs", enter
  3. Fill in the remaining required fields and Save.
  4. Take note of the Consumer Key / API Key and Consumer Secret / Secret Key

MyUSA Auth Provider

The MyUSA authentication service (GitHub)

Microsoft Azure AD Provider

For adding an application to the Microsoft Azure AD follow these steps to add an application.

Take note of your TenantId if applicable for your situation. The TenantId can be used to override the default common authorization server with a tenant specific server.

Email Authentication

To authorize by email domain use To authorize individual email addresses use --authenticated-emails-file=/path/to/file with one email per line. To authorize all email addresses use --email-domain=*.


oauth2_proxy can be configured via config file, command line options or environment variables.

Config File

An example oauth2_proxy.cfg config file is in the contrib directory. It can be used by specifying -config=/etc/oauth2_proxy.cfg

Command Line Options

Usage of oauth2_proxy:
  -approval-prompt="force": Oauth approval_prompt
  -authenticated-emails-file="": authenticate against emails via file (one per line)
  -azure-tenant="common": go to a tenant-specific or common (tenant-independent) endpoint.
  -basic-auth-password="": the password to set when passing the HTTP Basic Auth header
  -client-id="": the OAuth Client ID: ie: ""
  -client-secret="": the OAuth Client Secret
  -config="": path to config file
  -cookie-domain="": an optional cookie domain to force cookies to (ie:*
  -cookie-expire=168h0m0s: expire timeframe for cookie
  -cookie-httponly=true: set HttpOnly cookie flag
  -cookie-name="_oauth2_proxy": the name of the cookie that the oauth_proxy creates
  -cookie-refresh=0: refresh the cookie after this duration; 0 to disable
  -cookie-secret="": the seed string for secure cookies
  -cookie-secure=true: set secure (HTTPS) cookie flag
  -custom-templates-dir="": path to custom html templates
  -display-htpasswd-form=true: display username / password login form if an htpasswd file is provided
  -email-domain=: authenticate emails with the specified domain (may be given multiple times). Use * to authenticate any email
  -github-org="": restrict logins to members of this organisation
  -github-team="": restrict logins to members of this team
  -google-admin-email="": the google admin to impersonate for api calls
  -google-group=: restrict logins to members of this google group (may be given multiple times).
  -google-service-account-json="": the path to the service account json credentials
  -htpasswd-file="": additionally authenticate against a htpasswd file. Entries must be created with "htpasswd -s" for SHA encryption
  -http-address="": [http://]<addr>:<port> or unix://<path> to listen on for HTTP clients
  -https-address=":443": <addr>:<port> to listen on for HTTPS clients
  -login-url="": Authentication endpoint
  -pass-access-token=false: pass OAuth access_token to upstream via X-Forwarded-Access-Token header
  -pass-basic-auth=true: pass HTTP Basic Auth, X-Forwarded-User and X-Forwarded-Email information to upstream
  -pass-host-header=true: pass the request Host Header to upstream
  -profile-url="": Profile access endpoint
  -provider="google": OAuth provider
  -proxy-prefix="/oauth2": the url root path that this proxy should be nested under (e.g. /<oauth2>/sign_in)
  -redeem-url="": Token redemption endpoint
  -redirect-url="": the OAuth Redirect URL. ie: ""
  -resource="": the resource that is being protected. ie: "". Currently only used in the Azure provider.
  -request-logging=true: Log requests to stdout
  -scope="": Oauth scope specification
  -signature-key="": GAP-Signature request signature key (algorithm:secretkey)
  -skip-auth-regex=: bypass authentication for requests path's that match (may be given multiple times)
  -tls-cert="": path to certificate file
  -tls-key="": path to private key file
  -upstream=: the http url(s) of the upstream endpoint or file:// paths for static files. Routing is based on the path
  -validate-url="": Access token validation endpoint
  -version=false: print version string

See below for provider specific options

Upstreams Configuration

oauth2_proxy supports having multiple upstreams, and has the option to pass requests on to HTTP(S) servers or serve static files from the file system. HTTP and HTTPS upstreams are configured by providing a URL such as for the upstream parameter, that will forward all authenticated requests to be forwarded to the upstream server. If you instead provide then it will only be requests that start with /some/path/ which are forwarded to the upstream.

Static file paths are configured as a file:// URL. file:///var/www/static/ will serve the files from that directory at http://[oauth2_proxy url]/var/www/static/, which may not be what you want. You can provide the path to where the files should be available by adding a fragment to the configured URL. The value of the fragment will then be used to specify which path the files are available at. file:///var/www/static/#/static/ will ie. make /var/www/static/ available at http://[oauth2_proxy url]/static/.

Multiple upstreams can either be configured by supplying a comma separated list to the -upstream parameter, supplying the parameter multiple times or provinding a list in the config file. When multiple upstreams are used routing to them will be based on the path they are set up with.

Environment variables

The environment variables OAUTH2_PROXY_CLIENT_ID, OAUTH2_PROXY_CLIENT_SECRET, OAUTH2_PROXY_COOKIE_SECRET, OAUTH2_PROXY_COOKIE_DOMAIN and OAUTH2_PROXY_COOKIE_EXPIRE can be used in place of the corresponding command-line arguments.

SSL Configuration

There are two recommended configurations.

1) Configure SSL Terminiation with OAuth2 Proxy by providing a --tls-cert=/path/to/cert.pem and --tls-key=/path/to/cert.key.

The command line to run oauth2_proxy in this configuration would look like this:

./oauth2_proxy \
   --email-domain=""  \
   --upstream= \
   --tls-cert=/path/to/cert.pem \
   --tls-key=/path/to/cert.key \
   --cookie-secret=... \
   --cookie-secure=true \
   --provider=... \
   --client-id=... \

2) Configure SSL Termination with Nginx (example config below), Amazon ELB, Google Cloud Platform Load Balancing, or ....

Because oauth2_proxy listens on by default, to listen on all interfaces (needed when using an
external load balancer like Amazon ELB or Google Platform Load Balancing) use --http-address="" or

Nginx will listen on port 443 and handle SSL connections while proxying to oauth2_proxy on port 4180.
oauth2_proxy will then authenticate requests for an upstream application. The external endpoint for this example
would be

An example Nginx config follows. Note the use of Strict-Transport-Security header to pin requests to SSL
via HSTS:

server {
    listen 443 default ssl;
    ssl_certificate /path/to/cert.pem;
    ssl_certificate_key /path/to/cert.key;
    add_header Strict-Transport-Security max-age=2592000;

    location / {
        proxy_set_header Host $host;
        proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header X-Scheme $scheme;
        proxy_connect_timeout 1;
        proxy_send_timeout 30;
        proxy_read_timeout 30;

The command line to run oauth2_proxy in this configuration would look like this:

./oauth2_proxy \
   --email-domain=""  \
   --upstream= \
   --cookie-secret=... \
   --cookie-secure=true \
   --provider=... \
   --client-id=... \

Endpoint Documentation

OAuth2 Proxy responds directly to the following endpoints. All other endpoints will be proxied upstream when authenticated. The /oauth2 prefix can be changed with the --proxy-prefix config variable.

  • /robots.txt - returns a 200 OK response that disallows all User-agents from all paths; see for more info
  • /ping - returns an 200 OK response
  • /oauth2/sign_in - the login page, which also doubles as a sign out page (it clears cookies)
  • /oauth2/start - a URL that will redirect to start the OAuth cycle
  • /oauth2/callback - the URL used at the end of the OAuth cycle. The oauth app will be configured with this as the callback url.
  • /oauth2/auth - only returns a 202 Accepted response or a 401 Unauthorized response; for use with the Nginx auth_request directive

Request signatures

If signature_key is defined, proxied requests will be signed with the
GAP-Signature header, which is a Hash-based Message Authentication Code

of selected request information and the request body see SIGNATURE_HEADERS
in oauthproxy.go

signature_key must be of the form algorithm:secretkey, (ie: signature_key = "sha1:secret0")

For more information about HMAC request signature validation, read the

Logging Format

OAuth2 Proxy logs requests to stdout in a format similar to Apache Combined Log.


Adding a new Provider

Follow the examples in the providers package to define a new
Provider instance. Add a new case to
providers.New() to allow oauth2_proxy to use the
new Provider.

<a name="nginx-auth-request"></a>Configuring for use with the Nginx auth_request directive

The Nginx auth_request directive allows Nginx to authenticate requests via the oauth2_proxy's /auth endpoint, which only returns a 202 Accepted response or a 401 Unauthorized response without proxying the request through. For example:

server {
  listen 443 ssl spdy;
  server_name ...;
  include ssl/ssl.conf;

  location = /auth {

  location / {
    auth_request /auth;
    error_page 401 = ...;

    root /path/to/the/site;
    default_type text/html;
    charset utf-8;
    charset_types application/json utf-8;
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