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Frederik Van Lierde
Frederik Van Lierde

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API with OAuth2 App Flow Made Easy in .NET

``OAuth is not an API or a service, it's an open standard for authorization. OAuth provides apps with a standard solution to secure delegate access.

When you look at the flow, it should be straight forward to implement, ... until you start implementing it for Apps.

Ex. Pinterest uses OAuth with their API, but a way to get your access code is by sendng a user to a Pinterest page and redirect to you web site. How is this possible for Server Apps like who do Automatization?

Let me showcase a solution

Pre Requisites

How To Get The Access Token

The Idea

The idea behindthe CodeHelper.Core.OAuth2 wrapper is to reduce the workload to create the access tokens and consume the API endpoints

Table of Contents

  1. Tools to let you receive an access token
    • Online OAuth2 Tools
    • Code
  2. Easy Implementation to use the access token

Tools to let you receive an access token

Online OAuth2 Tools

Use this list of links/tools of famous platforms who require OAuth2 implementation, where you can easily generate your Accesss Token with any code
OAuth2 Tools

Code Yourself

Not all companies want to use an online tool to generate Access Tokens due extra security reasons.

Therefore the flow is made accessible via the CodeHelper.Core.OAuth2 wrapper. You can create a secure admin View in your project, accessible to the internet.

The view should request App ID, App Secret and the scopes and the Redirect URL

Often the Redirect URL should be added to the accepted domains when creating your app on the platform. The URL can be localhost

The following code is places in your controller
public async Task OauthAppAccessPinterest(OAuthProvider model, string code)
model.RedirectUri = "The URL to your View";
if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(code))
model.ClientId = HttpContext.Session.GetString("ID");
model.ClientSecret = HttpContext.Session.GetString("Value");
model.RedirectUri = HttpContext.Session.GetString("Uri");
model.Scope = HttpContext.Session.GetString("Scope");
model.OAuthCode = code;

  await model.GetAccessToken();
  if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(model.AccessToken))
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else if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(model.ClientId) &&
HttpContext.Session.SetString("ID", model.ClientId);
HttpContext.Session.SetString("Value", model.ClientSecret);
HttpContext.Session.SetString("Uri", model.RedirectUri);
HttpContext.Session.SetString("Scope", model.Scope);
return Redirect(model.GetOAuthTokenUrl());
return View(model);

How to use OAuth2 Wrapper with the Access Token

All CodeHelper Packages uses the wrapper
using CodeHelper.Core.OAuth2;

OAuthProvider _oauthProvider = new(){ AccessCode = "ajhshjabs...."};

//-- Some Data to post in the body
MyClass _mydata;

//-- Get --
string endPointUrlGet="htps://api...";
_mydata = _oauthProvider.GetJson(endPointUrlGet);

//-- Post --
_mydata= new() { Name = name, Description = description, Privacy = privacy };

string endPointUrlPost="htps://....";

var _jsonResult = _oauthProvider.PostJson(endPointUrlPost, _mydata.GetJsonString());


Function GetJsonString() is an extension method, provied by the OAuth2 Wrapper and will turn any class into a Json format and return as HttpContent type, which is needed to add the data in the request body.

Function GetJSon<T>() will Execute a Get Request, using the EndPoint and wil return a deserialized class,containing the data from the API

Function PostJSon() will Execute a Post Request, using the EndPoint and the data. The function will return a Deserialized class, containing the data from the API

Function DeleteRequest() wil execute a Delete request, using the endpoint.

In general, you give the endpoint (+ body data) and the Wrapper handles the rest.

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