[Openid-specs-ab] Announcing AppAuth for Android, a client SDK for OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect

William Denniss wdenniss at google.com
Fri Feb 26 17:58:03 UTC 2016

The Google Identity team has open sourced AppAuth for Android
<http://openid.github.io/AppAuth-Android/> under the OpenID Foundation.

AppAuth is a client SDK for OAuth and OpenID Connect that follows the best
practices <https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-oauth-native-apps> for
doing standards-based auth in apps, including in-built support for PKCE
<https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc7636> and performing user interaction in custom
(a feature of Android supported by Chrome
<https://developer.chrome.com/multidevice/android/customtabs>, and open to
other browsers).

You can fork the repository <https://github.com/openid/AppAuth-Android> on
Github, and reference the Maven dependency
<https://bintray.com/openid/net.openid/appauth/view>. Comprehensive API docs
<https://openid.github.io/AppAuth-Android/docs/latest/> are available.

I gave a talk <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppeU8yeI_ks> at the OpenID
Summit Tokyo last year, which outlines some of the motivations behind this

We contributed the code to the OIDF under the foundation's new contributor
license agreement (CLA). If you/your company have signed the CLA, feel free
to contribute by sending a pull request.  Currently myself and my
colleague Iain McGinniss are the maintainers, and will review all incoming
pull requests.

Thanks to the contributors on my team: Iain McGinniss, Steven Wright, Alex
Chau, and Benjamin Franz for their hard work building the library. To Don
Thibeau, John Bradley, Adam Dawes and Mike Leszcz for their guidance and
help getting the OpenID Foundation setup to accept code contributions, Paul
Meyer and John Bradley for interop validation, and Andy Zmolek for
advocating this best practice in the Android community.

Special thanks to Adam Dawes and Eric Sachs for backing the AppAuth effort.
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