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Google, Twitter, GitHub, Facebook & Many Other Social Generic Logins With PHP Laravel Socialite

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We will cover how to implement Google, Twitter, GitHub, Facebook & Many Other Social Generic Logins With PHP Laravel Socialite. This package is really awesome for all social logins.

We will cover the following

  1. Laravel Installation
  2. Socialite Package Downloading
  3. Get OAuth Tokens
  4. Database Users Table Setup
  5. Setting Up OAuth Details For Laravel Socialite
  6. Route Setup For All Social Logins
  7. Controller Code For Calling Any Social Authentication Website
  8. Controller Code For Callback From Any Social Website

Step 1 - Laravel Installation

If you have already setup Laravel then skip to the next step. Let's install Laravel application with the composer.

composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/laravel socialite_testing

If you would like to learn more on the composer have written an article on it @ What Is Composer? How Does It Work? Useful Composer Commands And Usage

Step 2 - Socialite Package Downloading

For working with any social login we are having a cool official package from Laravel Socialite. Let's integrate it on our project using composer with the following command

composer require laravel/socialite

Step 3 - Get OAuth Tokens

I have written other articles which cover how to get the OAuth Tokens step by step. Kindly check the articles in the following links

Facebook Login With PHP Laravel Socialite

GitHub Login With PHP Laravel Socialite

The above process remains standard and all you need to do is go and collect the OAuth keys.

Step 4 - Database Setup For Users

Basically we need to store the Provider Type and Provider Auth Token in our database so that we can verify the user for later usage

Users Migration

Schema::create('users', function (Blueprint $table) {
    $table->string('provider_type')->nullable()->comment('Social Account Type');
    $table->string('provider_token')->nullable()->comment('Social Account Token');

I haven't used the default authentication for personal preferences, but feel free to use. Please observe that I have nulled basically most of the fields.

Step 5 - Setting Up OAuth Details For Laravel Socialite

To configure the GitHub, Google, Facebook, Twitter OAuth credentials we have to add the following code in services.php file as shown below

services.php (config/services.php)

'facebook' => [
    'client_id' => env('FACEBOOK_CLIENT_ID'),
    'client_secret' => env('FACEBOOK_CLIENT_SECRET'),
    'redirect' => env('FACEBOOK_CALLBACK_URL'),
'google' => [
    'client_id' => env('GOOGLE_CLIENT_ID'),
    'client_secret' => env('GOOGLE_CLIENT_SECRET'),
    'redirect' => env('GOOGLE_CALLBACK_URL'),
'github' => [
    'client_id' => env('GITHUB_CLIENT_ID'),
    'client_secret' => env('GITHUB_CLIENT_SECRET'),
    'redirect' => env('GITHUB_CALLBACK_URL'),

/** Add other socialite oauth provider details here */

Append to the end of the return [] array in services.php

Basically any socialite account needs 3 things in the configuration

i) OAuth Client ID

ii) OAuth Client Secret

iii) Redirect URL which will be used to redirect back to your website URL after successful authentication

As we must not store any credentials inside our code so we will put the credentials inside .env file


# Facebook OAuth

# Google OAuth

# GitHub OAuth

#Add other socialite OAuth provider details here

Note: Add other socialite OAuth provider details in services.php & .env files

Step 6 - Route Setup For All Social Logins

Now we have done all the configurations parts lets get to the coding part.

First lets create the routes for our application inside web.php file as follows


/** Social Logins */
Route::get('/auth/{provider}', 'AuthController@socialProvider');
Route::get('/auth/{provider}/callback', 'AuthController@socialProviderCallback');

AuthController@socialProvider [/auth/{provider}] - This route method will decide which social web application it needs to redirect

AuthController@socialProviderCallback [/auth/{provider}/callback]- This route method will be the one that will be called back after the authentication is successful from Facebook and we will see how to register the user.

Step 7 - Controller Code For Calling Any Social Authentication Website

By using Laravel Socialite its breeze for developer's life as it will handle most of the part for us.

As we saw from routes that we are redirecting [AuthController@socialProvider] to AuthController's socialProvider method. The following is the implementation

AuthController -> socialProvider() [App / Http / Controllers / AuthController]

public function socialProvider($provider)
    /** Since we are taking $provider via URL we must validate it properly */

    /** If the above validation is successful then redirect to the specific driver */
    return Socialite::driver($provider)->redirect();

/** Validate social service providers */
public function validateServiceProviders($provider)
    if (!in_array($provider, ['google', 'facebook', 'github'])) {
        return redirect('/auth/login')->send();

Note: The driver's name must be same as that of the services key name.

When you run the application on website with the following URL, it will take to the Facebook verification page


Similar to the above you can use it for GitHub as follows


For Google


Now you will be redirected to Facebook/Google/GitHub login page if you have not logged in or authorized page in you have already logged in to it.

Step 8 - Controller Code For Callback From Any Social Website

With Step 7 when you click on Authorize button and if the authentication is successful then it will redirect back to [AuthController@socialProviderCallback] AuthControllers's socialProviderCallback method.

So now we need to implement how to handle once we get back the successful redirect. Let's implement it.

AuthController -> socialProviderCallback() [App / Http / Controllers / AuthController]

public function socialProviderCallback($provider)
    /** Again validate the social provider so as to check if its in the allowed ones */
    /** Using try catch because if any user directly hits the URL then 
    * it will throw exception
    try {
        /** Use socialite to get the user details like token, name, email, profile pic 
        * as per your needs 
        $socialUser     = Socialite::driver($provider)->user();
        $token          = $socialUser->token;
        $name           = $socialUser->name;
        $email          = $socialUser->email;

        /** Uncomment the following to check the details description of user details */
        //echo '<pre>'; print_r($socialUser);exit;

        /** Get the user details */
        $user = User::where('email', $email)->first();
        if (!$user) {
            /** Create new user with appropriate social provider credentials */
            $newUser = User::create([
                'provider_type'     => $provider,
                'provider_token'    => $token,
                'name'              => $name,
                'email'             => $email,
            /** User is valid and store his details in session and redirect to dashboard */
            session()->put('user_details', $newUser);
            return redirect('/user/dashboard')->send();
        /** Check user with provider exists in your database */
        if ($user->provider_type != $provider) {
            $providerType = !empty($user->provider_type) ? $user->provider_type : ' email & password';
            session()->flash('error', 'Please try logging in with ' . $providerType);
            return redirect('/auth/login');
        /** Every time after successful authentication we will update provider token of our database */
        $user->provider_token = $token;

        /** User is valid and store his details in session and redirect to dashboard */
        session()->put('user_details', $user);
        return redirect('/user/dashboard')->send();
    } catch (\Exception $e) {
        session()->flash('error', 'Oops error in validating you. Try again');
        return redirect('/auth/login');

I have tried to explain most of the code details with comments hope it helps you.


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