6.7. Social Login

Social login is a form of single sign-on that allows you to use credentials from a social networking site such as Facebook, Twitter or Google+, to sign in to a CUBA application instead of creating a new login account explicitly for the application.

See also the Anonymous Access and Social Login guide.

The guide includes an example of setting up public access to the CUBA application, as well as the implementation of custom login to the application using a Google, Facebook, or GitHub account.

In the following example, we will consider the social login using Facebook. Facebook uses OAuth2 authorization mechanism, for more details consult the documentation on Facebook API and Facebook Login Flow: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/facebook-login/manually-build-a-login-flow.

The source code of this sample project is available on GitHub, below are the key points of the social login implementation.

  1. In order to connect your application to Facebook, you will need to create the App ID (unique application identifier) and App Secret (a kind of password that authenticates requests from your application to Facebook servers). Follow the instruction and register the generated values in app.properties file of the core module as the facebook.appId and facebook.appSecret application properties respectively, for example:

    facebook.appId = 123456789101112
    facebook.appSecret = 123456789101112abcde131415fghi16

    Also register the URL that you used for the Facebook app registration in the cuba.webAppUrl property in the core and web application properties files, for example:

    cuba.webAppUrl = http://cuba-fb.test:8080/app
  2. Extend the login screen and add the button for social login. This button will invoke the loginFacebook() method - the entry point to the social login flow.

  3. To use Facebook user accounts, we need to add one extra field to the standard CUBA user account. Extend the User entity and add the facebookId attribute of String type to it:

    @Column(name = "FACEBOOK_ID")
    protected String facebookId;
  4. Create a service that will look for a user with a given facebookId in the application database and either return the existent user or create a new one:

    public interface SocialRegistrationService {
        String NAME = "demo_SocialRegistrationService";
        User findOrRegisterUser(String facebookId, String email, String name);
    public class SocialRegistrationServiceBean implements SocialRegistrationService {
        private Metadata metadata;
        private Persistence persistence;
        private Configuration configuration;
        public User findOrRegisterUser(String facebookId, String email, String name) {
            EntityManager em = persistence.getEntityManager();
            TypedQuery<SocialUser> query = em.createQuery("select u from sec$User u where u.facebookId = :facebookId",
            query.setParameter("facebookId", facebookId);
            SocialUser existingUser = query.getFirstResult();
            if (existingUser != null) {
                return existingUser;
            SocialRegistrationConfig config = configuration.getConfig(SocialRegistrationConfig.class);
            Group defaultGroup = em.find(Group.class, config.getDefaultGroupId(), View.MINIMAL);
            SocialUser user = metadata.create(SocialUser.class);
            return user;
  5. Create a service to manage the login process. In this example it is FacebookService that contains two methods: getLoginUrl() and getUserData().

    • getLoginUrl() will generate the login URL based on the application URL and OAuth2 response type (code, access token or both; see more on response types in Facebook API documentation). The complete implementation of this method you can find in the FacebookServiceBean.java file.

    • getUserData() will look for the Facebook user by the given application URL and code, and either return the personal data of the existent user or create a new one. In this example we want to get the user’s id, name and email, the id will correspond the facebookId attribute created above.

  6. Define the facebook.fields and facebook.scope application properties in the app.properties file of the core module:

    facebook.fields = id,name,email
    facebook.scope = email
  7. Go back to the loginFacebook() method in the controller of the extended login window. The full code of the controller you can find in the ExtAppLoginWindow.java file.

    In this method we add the request handler to the current session, save the current URL and invoke the redirect to the Facebook authentication form in the browser:

    private RequestHandler facebookCallBackRequestHandler =
    private URI redirectUri;
    private FacebookService facebookService;
    private GlobalConfig globalConfig;
    public void loginFacebook() {
        this.redirectUri = Page.getCurrent().getLocation();
        String loginUrl = facebookService.getLoginUrl(globalConfig.getWebAppUrl(), OAuth2ResponseType.CODE);

    The handleFacebookCallBackRequest() method will handle the callback after the Facebook authentication form. Firstly, we use the UIAccessor instance to lock the UI until the login request is proceeded.

    Then, FacebookService will get the Facebook user account email and id. After that, the corresponding CUBA user will be found by facebookId or registered on the fly in the system.

    Next, the authentication is triggered, the user session on behalf of this user is loaded, and the UI is updated. After that, we remove the Facebook callback handler, as far as we no longer expect authentication.

    public boolean handleFacebookCallBackRequest(VaadinSession session, VaadinRequest request,
                                                VaadinResponse response) throws IOException {
        if (request.getParameter("code") != null) {
            uiAccessor.accessSynchronously(() -> {
                try {
                    String code = request.getParameter("code");
                    FacebookUserData userData = facebookService.getUserData(globalConfig.getWebAppUrl(), code);
                    User user = socialRegistrationService.findOrRegisterUser(
                            userData.getId(), userData.getEmail(), userData.getName());
                    App app = App.getInstance();
                    Connection connection = app.getConnection();
                    Locale defaultLocale = messages.getTools().getDefaultLocale();
                    connection.login(new ExternalUserCredentials(user.getLogin(), defaultLocale));
                } catch (Exception e) {
                    log.error("Unable to login using Facebook", e);
                } finally {
            ((VaadinServletResponse) response).getHttpServletResponse().
            return true;
        return false;

Now, when a user clicks the Facebook button on the login screen, the application will ask them for permission to use their Facebook profile and email, and if this permission is granted, the logged in user will be redirected to the main application page.

You can implement your own login mechanism using custom LoginProvider, HttpRequestFilter or events described in the Web Login section.