App OAuth

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OAuth Workflow

When communicating with a 3rd Party REST API, it may be necessary to provide OAuth authentication. OAuth is an industry standard way of allowing two applications to talk to each other without having to share your username and password. In this case it means the 3rd party API has your credentials, but Hubitat Elevation will not.

The first step to supporting OAuth in your app is to enable it following the directions listed at https://docs.hubitat.com/index.php?title=How_to_Install_Custom_Apps

You will then need to create an access token done using createAccessToken(). Calling this method will automatically store the access token in `state.accessToken`.

You will next need to redirect the user to the API's OAuth endpoint. The URL should be provided by the vendor. Traditionally you will need to specify the following query string parameters:

The value of state should be set to a webservice endpoint in your App (defined using mappings). The value will look like: ${getHubUID()}/apps/${app.id}/yourWebserviceNameHere?access_token=${state.accessToken}

After the user authorizes your App through the vendor's website, they will be redirected to your URL so that you can continue the OAuth process.

At this point you will need to request the OAuth token. This is done, usually, via a POST method to an API endpoint provided by the vendor. Traditionally you will pass the following in the body or query string depending on the vendor:

Consult the vendor's API documentation for the exact parameters.

At this point you will receive a result that includes both the token and your refresh token. Consult the vendor's documentation for information on how frequently you must refresh the token and how to supply the token to each REST API call.