Firebase - Github Authentication

In this chapter, we will show you how to authenticate users using the GitHub API.

Step 1 - Enable GitHub Authentication

Open Firebase dashboard and click Auth from the side menu and then SIGN-IN-METHOD in tab bar. You need enable GitHub authentication and copy the Callback URL. You will need this in step 2. You can leave this tab open since you will need to add Client ID and Client Secret once you finish step 2.

Step 2 - Create Github App

Follow this link to create the GitHub app. You need to copy the Callback URL from Firebase into the Authorization callback URL field. Once your app is created, you need to copy the Client Key and the Client Secret from the GitHub app to Firebase.

Step 3 - Create Buttons

We will add two buttons in the body tag.


<button onclick = "githubSignin()">Github Signin</button>
<button onclick = "githubSignout()">Github Signout</button>

Step 4 - Create Auth Functions

We will create functions for signin and signout inside the index.js file.


var provider = new firebase.auth.GithubAuthProvider();

function githubSignin() {
   .then(function(result) {
      var token = result.credential.accessToken;
      var user = result.user;
   }).catch(function(error) {
      var errorCode = error.code;
      var errorMessage = error.message;

function githubSignout(){
   .then(function() {
      console.log('Signout successful!')
   }, function(error) {
      console.log('Signout failed')

Now we can click on buttons to trigger authentication. Console will show that the authentication is successful.

Firebase Github Auth Log