OAuth on Windows 8

tapanila.netThis is a cross-post from Teemu’s blog.

OAuth is open authentication standard that can be used to give an access to the specific resources of the account. Instead of giving full access in form of username and password to 3rd party applications. Microsoft added a option to use OAuth in WinRT.

Here’s an example how to use it to authenticate to Facebook.

private async void Authenticate()
//Facebook Authentication Uri
var facebookUri = "https://www.facebook.com/dialog/oauth";
//Standard redirect uri for desktop/non-web based apps
var redirectUri = "https://www.facebook.com/connect/login_success.html";
//Place your appclient id here
var clientId = "";
//The type of token that can be requested
var responseType = "token";
//Response pattern
var pattern = string.Format("{0}#access_token={1}&expires_in={2}", redirectUri, "(?.+)", "(?.+)");
//Access scope wanted
var scope = "read_stream";
String FacebookURL = "https://www.facebook.com/dialog/oauth?client_id=" +
clientId + "&redirect_uri=" + Uri.EscapeUriString(redirectUri) + "&scope=" + scope + "&display=touch&response_type=" + responseType;

System.Uri StartUri = new Uri(FacebookURL);
System.Uri EndUri = new Uri(redirectUri);

WebAuthenticationResult WebAuthenticationResult = await WebAuthenticationBroker.AuthenticateAsync(
if (WebAuthenticationResult.ResponseStatus == WebAuthenticationStatus.Success)
//Authenticated succesfully
var response = WebAuthenticationResult.ResponseData.ToString();
else if (WebAuthenticationResult.ResponseStatus == WebAuthenticationStatus.ErrorHttp)
//Handle HTTP error
//Authentication failed
catch (Exception ex)
//Handle error

About the author
TeemuTapanilaTeemu Tapanila
Teemu is a computer science student at the Aalto University who aspires to become a professional developer. He is involved in the Windows Phone Aalto Community. Currently Teemu is working as a certified guru in AppCampus.


About arcticmsp

The Finnish Microsoft Student Partners are a group of enthusiastic students, who are interested in technology and all things new, techy and cool!
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