Facebook uses OAuth2 for its auth process. Further documentation at Facebook development resources:

  • Register a new application at Facebook App Creation, don’t use localhost as App Domains and Site URL since Facebook won’t allow them. Use a placeholder like myapp.com and define that domain in your /etc/hosts or similar file.

  • fill App Id and App Secret values in values:

  • Define SOCIAL_AUTH_FACEBOOK_SCOPE to get extra permissions from facebook. Email is not sent by default, to get it, you must request the email permission:

  • Define SOCIAL_AUTH_FACEBOOK_PROFILE_EXTRA_PARAMS to pass extra parameters to https://graph.facebook.com/me when gathering the user profile data (you need to explicitly ask for fields like email using fields key):

      'locale': 'ru_RU',
      'fields': 'id, name, email, age_range'

If you define a redirect URL in Facebook setup page, be sure to not define or http://localhost:8000 because it won’t work when testing. Instead I define http://myapp.com and setup a mapping on /etc/hosts.

Currently the backend uses Facebook API version 2.9, this value can be overridden by the following setting if needed:


Canvas Application

If you need to perform authentication from Facebook Canvas application:

  • Create your canvas application at http://developers.facebook.com/apps

  • In Facebook application settings specify your canvas URL mysite.com/fb (current default)

  • Setup your Python Social Auth settings and your application namespace:

  • Launch your testing server on port 80 (use sudo or nginx or apache) for browser to be able to load it when Facebook calls canvas URL

  • Open your Facebook page via http://apps.facebook.com/app_namespace or better via http://www.facebook.com/pages/user-name/user-id?sk=app_app-id

  • After that you will see this page in a right way and will able to connect to application and login automatically after connection

  • Provide a template to be rendered, it must have this JavaScript snippet (or similar) in it:

    <script type="text/javascript">
        var domain = 'https://apps.facebook.com/',
            redirectURI = domain + {{ FACEBOOK_APP_NAMESPACE }} + '/';
        window.top.location = 'https://www.facebook.com/dialog/oauth/' +
                                    '?client_id={{ FACEBOOK_KEY }}' +
                                    '&redirect_uri=' + encodeURIComponent(redirectURI) +
                                    '&scope={{ FACEBOOK_EXTENDED_PERMISSIONS }}';

More info on the topic at Facebook Canvas Application Authentication.