Django OAuth for Github - Datta Able (free product)

Open-Source Django starter enhanced with OAuth, improved Docker scripts and persistent dark-mode (UI layer) - Datta Able design.

Django OAuth via GitHub - Datta Able Design (free starter)
Django OAuth via GitHub - Datta Able Design (free starter)

Hello! This article mentions the latest features added to Datta Able, an open-source seed project powered by Django. The project has been updated to provide OAuth sign-in using Github, a persistent dark mode (UI improvement), and faster execution in Docker. For newcomers, Django is a powerful backend framework used to code secure and powerful full-stack apps in no time. Thanks for reading!

Adding OAuth sign-in to an existing web app improves the security, and might bootstrap the registration process.

The latest evolutions are visually presented in this short video, published on Youtube.

Django GitHub SignIN - Datta Able (Free Product)

โœจ How to use the product

Being an open-source starter, the fastest way to use or play with the code is to access the public repository (available on GitHub) or use GIT command-line tool to clone the sources. Once the sources are downloaded, Django Datta Able can be started via Docker (using a single line) or using the classic manual build.

This time, the Docker setup will be used, as presented in the project README.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Step 1 - Download the code from the GH repository (using GIT)
$ git clone https://github.com/app-generator/django-datta-able.git
$ cd django-datta-able
๐Ÿ‘‰ Step 2 - Start the APP in Docker
$ docker-compose up --build 

Once the above command is finished, we should be able to access the app in the browser:

Django OAuth via Github - Widgets Page (free template)
Django OAuth via GitHub - Widgets Page (free template)

โœจ OAuth for GitHub

This feature is automatically enabled on the login page if the Github secrets (GITHU_ID, GITHUB_SECRET) are provided in the .env file. If the secrets are valid, the login page exposes a GitHub Icon on the login card to inform users that this sign-in option is available. ย Here is a .env sample (provided also by the product)

# Sample '.env' file (truncated content)

# True for development, False for production
DEBUG=True

...

# If present, the SignIN exposes the Github Login Button
GITHUB_ID= SOME_GH_ID_HERE
GITHUB_SECRET= SOME_GH_SECRET_HERE

The effect in the UI is highlighted below:

Django OAuth via Github - Option enable.
Django OAuth via GitHub - Option enable.

โœจ How to add OAuth to a Django project

In case anyone finds this feature useful and wants to update an existing app, here are the steps:

๐Ÿ‘‰ Step #1 - Update dependencies to include Django-AllAuth
$ pip install django-allauth

For persistence, the module should be also included in the requirements.txt file.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Step #2 - ย Update project settings to include allauth modules
# core/settings.py (truncated content)

INSTALLED_APPS = [
    'django.contrib.admin',
    'django.contrib.auth',
    'django.contrib.contenttypes',
    'django.contrib.sessions',
    'django.contrib.messages',
    'django.contrib.staticfiles', 
    'allauth',                                 # OAuth new
    'allauth.account',                         # OAuth new
    'allauth.socialaccount',                   # OAuth new 
    'allauth.socialaccount.providers.github',  # OAuth new 
    'allauth.socialaccount.providers.twitter'  # OAuth new  
]
`
๐Ÿ‘‰ Step #3 - Added related settings (bottom of the file)
# core/settings.py (truncated content)

AUTHENTICATION_BACKENDS = (
    "allauth.account.auth_backends.AuthenticationBackend",
)

SITE_ID = 1 

All these settings are required by the ย AllAuth library. The

๐Ÿ‘‰ Step #4 - Include routing provided by AppAuth

For Django Datta Able this update was made in the authentication/urls.py:

# apps/authentication/urls.py (truncated content)

urlpatterns = [
    path('login/', login_view, name="login"),
    path('register/', register_user, name="register"),
    path("logout/", LogoutView.as_view(), name="logout"),
    path('social_login/', include('allauth.urls')),       # OAuth new
]
๐Ÿ‘‰ Step #5 - Update app settings to read Github secrets from .env
# core/settings.py (truncated content)

GITHUB_ID     = os.getenv('GITHUB_ID', None)
GITHUB_SECRET = os.getenv('GITHUB_SECRET', None)
GITHUB_AUTH   = GITHUB_SECRET is not None and GITHUB_ID is not None
๐Ÿ‘‰ Step #6 - Update the sign-in page
{% if GITHUB_AUTH %}
<div class="mx-2">
	<form method="post" action="/social_login/github/login/?next=%2F">
		{% csrf_token %}
		<button class="btn btn-light" type="submit" >
			<i class="feather icon-github auth-icon"></i></button>
	</form>
	<span class="mx-1">Sign IN with GitHub</span>
</div>                   
{% endif %}    

At this point, the last step is to migrate the database the test the OAuth flow (registration, logout).


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