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version 0.12.0 on Jul 3rd, 2013

Integrated set of Django applications addressing authentication, registration, account management as well as 3rd party (social) account authentication.


Most existing Django apps that address the problem of social authentication focus on just that. You typically need to integrate another app in order to support authentication via a local account.

This approach separates the worlds of local and social authentication. However, there are common scenarios to be dealt with in both worlds. For example, an e-mail address passed along by an OpenID provider is not guaranteed to be verified. So, before hooking an OpenID account up to a local account the e-mail address must be verified. So, e-mail verification needs to be present in both worlds.

Integrating both worlds is quite a tedious process. It is definately not a matter of simply adding one social authentication app, and one local account registration app to your INSTALLED_APPS list.

This is the reason this project got started -- to offer a fully integrated authentication app that allows for both local and social authentication, with flows that just work.


  • Python 2.6, 2.7 or 3.3
  • Django (1.4.3+)
  • python-openid or python3-openid (depending on your Python version)
  • requests and requests-oauthlib
Supported Flows
  • Signup of both local and social accounts
  • Connecting more than one social account to a local account
  • Disconnecting a social account -- requires setting a password if only the local account remains
  • Optional instant-signup for social accounts -- no questions asked
  • E-mail address management (multiple e-mail addresses, setting a primary)
  • Password forgotten flow
  • E-mail address verification flow
Supported Providers
  • Bitly (OAuth2)
  • Dropbox (OAuth)
  • Facebook (both OAuth2 and JS SDK)
  • Github
  • Google (OAuth2)
  • LinkedIn
  • OpenId
  • Persona
  • SoundCloud (OAuth2)
  • Stack Exchange (OAuth2)
  • Twitch (OAuth2)
  • Twitter
  • Vimeo (OAuth)
  • Weibo (OAuth2)

Note: OAuth/OAuth2 support is built using a common code base, making it easy to add support for additional OAuth/OAuth2 providers. More will follow soon...

  • Supports multiple authentication schemes (e.g. login by user name, or by e-mail), as well as multiple strategies for account verification (ranging from none to e-mail verification).
  • All access tokens are consistently stored so that you can publish wall updates etc.
Architecture & Design
  • Pluggable signup form for asking additional questions during signup.
  • Support for connecting multiple social accounts to a Django user account.
  • The required consumer keys and secrets for interacting with Facebook, Twitter and the likes are to be configured in the database via the Django admin using the SocialApp model.
  • Consumer keys, tokens make use of the Django sites framework. This is especially helpful for larger multi-domain projects, but also allows for for easy switching between a development (localhost) and production setup without messing with your settings and database.





    # Needed to login by username in Django admin, regardless of `allauth`

    # `allauth` specific authentication methods, such as login by e-mail

    # ... include the providers you want to enable:


urlpatterns = patterns('',
    (r'^accounts/', include('allauth.urls')),

Available settings:

ACCOUNT_ADAPTER (="allauth.account.adapter.DefaultAccountAdapter")
Specifies the adapter class to use, allowing you to alter certain default behaviour.
ACCOUNT_AUTHENTICATION_METHOD (="username" | "email" | "username_email")
Specifies the login method to use -- whether the user logs in by entering his username, e-mail address, or either one of both.
The URL to redirect to after a successful e-mail confirmation, in case no user is logged in.
The URL to redirect to after a successful e-mail confirmation, in case of an authenticated user. Set to None to use settings.LOGIN_REDIRECT_URL.
Determines the expiration date of email confirmation mails (# of days).
The user is required to hand over an e-mail address when signing up.
ACCOUNT_EMAIL_VERIFICATION (="mandatory" | "optional" | "none")
Determines the e-mail verification method during signup. When set to "mandatory" the user is blocked from logging in until the email address is verified. Choose "optional" or "none" to allow logins with an unverified e-mail address. In case of "optional", the e-mail verification mail is still sent, whereas in case of "none" no e-mail verification mails are sent.
Subject-line prefix to use for email messages sent. By default, the name of the current Site (django.contrib.sites) is used.
Determines whether or not the user is automatically logged out by a mere GET request. See documentation for the LogoutView for details.
The URL (or URL name) to return to after the user logs out. This is the counterpart to Django's LOGIN_REDIRECT_URL.
A string pointing to a custom form class (e.g. 'myapp.forms.SignupForm') that is used during signup to ask the user for additional input (e.g. newsletter signup, birth date). This class should implement a 'save' method, accepting the newly signed up user as its only parameter.
When signing up, let the user type in his password twice to avoid typ-o's.
Enforce uniqueness of e-mail addresses.
The name of the field containing the username, if any. See custom user models.
The name of the field containing the email, if any. See custom user models.
ACCOUNT_USER_DISPLAY (=a callable returning user.username)
A callable (or string of the form 'some.module.callable_name') that takes a user as its only argument and returns the display name of the user. The default implementation returns user.username.
An integer specifying the minimum allowed length of a username.
A list of usernames that can't be used by user.
The user is required to enter a username when signing up. Note that the user will be asked to do so even if ACCOUNT_AUTHENTICATION_METHOD is set to email. Set to False when you do not wish to prompt the user to enter a username.
render_value parameter as passed to PasswordInput fields.
An integer specifying the minimum password length.
SOCIALACCOUNT_ADAPTER (="allauth.socialaccount.adapter.DefaultSocialAccountAdapter")
Specifies the adapter class to use, allowing you to alter certain default behaviour.
Request e-mail address from 3rd party account provider? E.g. using OpenID AX, or the Facebook "email" permission.
Attempt to bypass the signup form by using fields (e.g. username, email) retrieved from the social account provider. If a conflict arises due to a duplicate e-mail address the signup form will still kick in.
Enable support for django-avatar. When enabled, the profile image of the user is copied locally into django-avatar at signup.
The user is required to hand over an e-mail address when signing up using a social account.
As ACCOUNT_EMAIL_VERIFICATION, but for social accounts.
Dictionary containing provider specific settings.
From 0.11.1
  • The {% provider_login_url %} tag now takes an optional process parameter that indicates how to process the social login. As a result, if you include the template socialaccount/snippets/provider_list.html from your own overriden socialaccount/connections.html template, you now need to pass along the process parameter as follows: {% include "socialaccount/snippets/provider_list.html" with process="connect" %}.
  • Instead of inlining the required Facebook SDK Javascript wrapper code into the HTML, it now resides into its own .js file (served with {% static %}). If you were using the builtin fbconnect.html this change should go by unnoticed.
From 0.9.0
  • Logout no longer happens on GET request. Refer to the LogoutView documentation for more background information. Logging out on GET can be restored by the setting ACCOUNT_LOGOUT_ON_GET. Furthermore, after logging out you are now redirected to ACCOUNT_LOGOUT_REDIRECT_URL instead of rendering the account/logout.html template.
  • LOGIN_REDIRECT_URLNAME is now deprecated. Django 1.5 accepts both URL names and URLs for LOGIN_REDIRECT_URL, so we do so as well.
  • DefaultAccountAdapter.stash_email_verified is now named stash_verified_email.
  • Django 1.4.3 is now the minimal requirement.
  • Dropped dependency on (unmaintained?) oauth2 package, in favor of requests-oauthlib. So you will need to update your (virtual) environment accordingly.
  • We noticed a very rare bug that affects end users who add Google social login to existing accounts. The symptom is you end up with users who have multiple primary email addresses which conflicts with assumptions made by the code. In addition to fixing the code that allowed duplicates to occur, there is a managegement command you can run if you think this effects you (and if it doesn't effect you there is no harm in running it anyways if you are unsure):
    • python manage.py account_unsetmultipleprimaryemails
      • Will silently remove primary flags for email addresses that aren't the same as user.email.
      • If no primary EmailAddress is user.email it will pick one at random and print a warning.
  • The expiry time, if any, is now stored in a new column SocialToken.expires_at. Migrations are in place.
  • Furthermore, Facebook started returning longer tokens, so the maximum token length was increased. Again, migrations are in place.
  • Login and signup views have been turned into class-based views.
  • The template variable facebook_perms is no longer passed to the "facebook/fbconnect.html" template. Instead, fb_login_options containing all options is passed.
From 0.8.3
  • requests is now a dependency (dropped httplib2).
  • Added a new column SocialApp.client_id. The value of key needs to be moved to the new client_id column. The key column is required for Stack Exchange. Migrations are in place to handle all of this automatically.
From 0.8.2
  • The ACCOUNT_EMAIL_VERIFICATION setting is no longer a boolean based setting. Use a string value of "none", "optional" or "mandatory" instead.
  • The template "account/password_reset_key_message.txt" has been moved to "account/email/password_reset_key_message.txt". The subject of the message has been moved into a template ("account/email/password_reset_key_subject.txt").
  • The site foreign key from SocialApp to Site has been replaced by a ManyToManyField. Many apps can be used across multiple domains (Facebook cannot).
From 0.8.1
  • Dropped support for CONTACT_EMAIL from the account template context processor. It was never documented and only used in the templates as an example -- there is no need to pollute the allauth settings with that. If your templates rely on it then you will have to put it in a context processor yourself.
From 0.7.0
  • allauth now depends on Django 1.4 or higher.
  • Major impact: dropped dependency on the emailconfirmation app, as this project is clearly left unmaintained. Important tickets such as https://github.com/pinax/django-email-confirmation/pull/5 are not being addressed. All models and related functionality have been directly integrated into the allauth.account app. When upgrading take care of the following:
    • The emailconfirmation setting EMAIL_CONFIRMATION_DAYS has been replaced by ACCOUNT_EMAIL_CONFIRMATION_EXPIRE_DAYS.
    • Instead of directly confirming the e-mail address upon the GET request the confirmation is now processed as part of an explicit POST. Therefore, a new template account/email_confirm.html must be setup.
    • Existing emailconfirmation data should be migrated to the new tables. For this purpose a special management command is available: python manage.py account_emailconfirmationmigration. This command does not drop the old emailconfirmation tables -- you will have to do this manually yourself. Why not use South? EmailAddress uniqueness depends on the configuration (ACCOUNT_UNIQUE_EMAIL), South does not handle settings dependent database models.
  • {% load account_tags %} is deprecated, simply use: {% load account %}
  • {% load socialaccount_tags %} is deprecated, simply use: {% load socialaccount %}
From 0.5.0
  • The login form field is now always named login. This used to by either username or email, depending on the authentication method. If needed, update your templates accordingly.
  • The allauth template tags (containing template tags for OpenID, Twitter and Facebook) have been removed. Use the socialaccount template tags instead (specifically: {% provider_login_url ... %}).
  • The allauth.context_processors.allauth context processor has been removed, in favor of allauth.socialaccount.context_processors.socialaccount. In doing so, all hardcodedness with respect to providers (e.g allauth.facebook_enabled) has been removed.
From 0.4.0
  • Upgrade your settings.INSTALLED_APPS: Replace allauth.<provider> (where provider is one of twitter, facebook or openid) with allauth.socialaccount.providers.<provider>
  • All provider related models (FacebookAccount, FacebookApp, TwitterAccount, TwitterApp, OpenIDAccount) have been unified into generic SocialApp and SocialAccount models. South migrations are in place to move the data over to the new models, after which the original tables are dropped. Therefore, be sure to run migrate using South.


Most providers require you to sign up for a so called API client or app, containing a client ID and API secret. You must add a SocialApp record per provider via the Django admin containing these app credentials.

When creating the OAuth app on the side of the provider pay special attention to the callback URL (sometimes also referred to as redirect URL). If you do not configure this correctly, you will receive login failures when attempting to log in, such as:

An error occured while attempting to login via your social network account.

Use a callback URL of the form:


For local development, use the following:

For Facebook both OAuth2 and the Facebook Connect Javascript SDK are supported. You can even mix the two.

Advantage of the Javascript SDK may be a more streamlined user experience as you do not leave your site. Furthermore, you do not need to worry about tailoring the login dialog depending on whether or not you are using a mobile device. Yet, relying on Javascript may not be everybody's cup of tea.

To initiate a login use:

{% load socialaccount %}
<a href="{% provider_login_url "facebook" method="js_sdk" %}">Facebook Connect</a>


{% load socialaccount %}
<a href="{% provider_login_url "facebook" method="oauth2" %}">Facebook OAuth2</a>

The following Facebook settings are available:

    { 'facebook':
        { 'SCOPE': ['email', 'publish_stream'],
          'AUTH_PARAMS': { 'auth_type': 'reauthenticate' },
          'METHOD': 'oauth2' ,
          'LOCALE_FUNC': 'path.to.callable'} }
Either js_sdk or oauth2
By default, email scope is required depending whether or not SOCIALACCOUNT_QUERY_EMAIL is enabled.
Use AUTH_PARAMS to pass along other parameters to the FB.login JS SDK call.

The locale for the JS SDK is chosen based on the current active language of the request, taking a best guess. This can be customized using the LOCALE_FUNC setting, which takes either a callable or a path to a callable. This callable must take exactly one argument, the request, and return a valid Facebook locale as a string:

    { 'facebook':
        { 'LOCALE_FUNC': lambda request: 'zh_CN'} }
App registration
Devlopment callback URL

The Google provider is OAuth2 based. Register your Google API client over at https://code.google.com/apis/console/. Make sure you list a redirect uri of the form http://example.com/accounts/google/login/callback/.

You can specify the scope to use as follows:

    { 'google':
        { 'SCOPE': ['https://www.googleapis.com/auth/userinfo.profile'],
          'AUTH_PARAMS': { 'access_type': 'online' } }}

By default, profile scope is required, and optionally email scope depending on whether or not SOCIALACCOUNT_QUERY_EMAIL is enabled.


The LinkedIn provider is OAuth based. Register your LinkedIn app over at https://www.linkedin.com/secure/developer?newapp=. Leave the OAuth redirect URL empty.

You can specify the scope to use as follows:

    { 'linkedin':
        { 'SCOPE': ['r_emailaddress'] } }

By default, r_emailaddress scope is required depending on whether or not SOCIALACCOUNT_QUERY_EMAIL is enabled.

Note: if you are experiencing issues where it seems as if the scope has no effect you may be using an old LinkedIn app that is not scope enabled. Please refer to https://developer.linkedin.com/forum/when-will-old-apps-have-scope-parameter-enabled for more background information.


The OpenID provider does not require any settings per se. However, a typical OpenID login page presents the user with a predefined list of OpenID providers and allows the user to input his own OpenID identity URL in case his provider is not listed by default. The list of providers displayed by the builtin templates can be configured as follows:

    { 'openid':
        { 'SERVERS':

If you want to manually include login links yourself, you can use the following template tag:

{% load socialaccount %}
<a href="{% provider_login_url "openid" openid="https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id" next="/success/url/" %}">Google</a>

Mozilla Persona does not require any settings. The REQUEST_PARAMETERS dictionary contains optional parameters that are passed as is to the navigator.id.request() method to influence the look and feel of the Persona dialog:

    { 'persona':
        { 'REQUEST_PARAMETERS': {'siteName': 'Example' } } }

SoundCloud allows you to choose between OAuth1 and OAuth2. Choose the latter.

Stack Exchange

Register your OAuth2 app over at http://stackapps.com/apps/oauth/register. Do not enable "Client Side Flow". For local development you can simply use "localhost" for the OAuth domain.

As for all providers, provider specific data is stored in SocialAccount.extra_data. For Stack Exchange we need to choose what data to store there by choosing the Stack Exchange site (e.g. Stack Overflow, or Server Fault). This can be controlled by means of the SITE setting:

    { 'stackexchange':
        { 'SITE': 'stackoverflow' } }

Register your OAuth2 app over at http://www.twitch.tv/kraken/oauth2/clients/new.

App registration
Devlopment callback URL

Register your OAuth2 app over at http://open.weibo.com/apps. Unfortunately, Weibo does not allow for specifying a port number in the authorization callback URL. So for development purposes you have to use a callback url of the form and run runserver


The following signals are emitted:

  • allauth.account.signals.user_logged_in

    Sent when a user logs in.

  • allauth.account.signals.user_signed_up

    Sent when a user signs up for an account. This signal is typically followed by a user_logged_in, unless e-mail verification prohibits the user to log in.

  • allauth.socialaccount.signals.pre_social_login

    Sent after a user successfully authenticates via a social provider, but before the login is fully processed. This signal is emitted as part of the social login and/or signup process, as well as when connecting additional social accounts to an existing account. Access tokens and profile information, if applicable for the provider, is provided.

  • allauth.socialaccount.signals.social_account_added

    Sent after a user connects a social account to a his local account.

  • allauth.socialaccount.signals.social_account_removed

    Sent after a user disconnects a social account from his local account.



The logout view (allauth.account.views.LogoutView) requests for confirmation before logging out. The user is logged out only when the confirmation is received by means of a POST request.

If you are wondering why, consider what happens when a malicious user embeds the following image in a post:

<img src="http://example.com/accounts/logout/">

For this and more background information on the subject, see:

If you insist on having logout on GET, then please consider adding a bit of Javascript to automatically turn a click on a logout link into a POST. As a last resort, you can set ACCOUNT_LOGOUT_ON_GET to True.


Template Tags

The following template tag libraries are available:

  • account: tags for dealing with accounts in general
  • socialaccount: tags focused on social accounts
Account Tags

Use user_display to render a user name without making assumptions on how the user is represented (e.g. render the username, or first name?):

{% load account %}

{% user_display user %}

Or, if you need to use in a {% blocktrans %}:

{% load account %}

{% user_display user as user_display %}
{% blocktrans %}{{ user_display }} has logged in...{% endblocktrans %}

Then, override the ACCOUNT_USER_DISPLAY setting with your project specific user display callable.

Social Account Tags

Use the provider_login_url tag to generate provider specific login URLs:

{% load socialaccount %}

<a href="{% provider_login_url "openid" openid="https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id" next="/success/url/" %}">Google</a>
<a href="{% provider_login_url "twitter" %}">Twitter</a>

Here, you can pass along an optional process parameter that indicates how to process the social login. You can choose between login and connect:

<a href="{% provider_login_url "twitter" process="connect" %}">Connect a Twitter account</a>

Furthermore, you can pass along an action parameter with value reauthenticate to indicate that you want the user to be re-prompted for authentication even if he already signed in before. For now, this is supported by Facebook, Google and Twitter only.

For easy access to the social accounts for a user:

{% get_social_accounts user as accounts %}


{{accounts.twitter}} -- a list of connected Twitter accounts
{{accounts.twitter.0}} -- the first Twitter account
{% if accounts %} -- if there is at least one social account


Verified E-mail Required

Even when email verification is not mandatory during signup, there may be circumstances during which you really want to prevent unverified users to proceed. For this purpose you can use the following decorator:

from allauth.account.decorators import verified_email_required

def verified_users_only_view(request):

The behavior is as follows:

  • If the user isn't logged in, it acts identical to the login_required decorator.
  • If the user is logged in but has no verified e-mail address, an e-mail verification mail is automatically resend and the user is presented with a page informing him he needs to verify his email address.

Advanced Usage

Custom User Models

If you use a custom user model you need to specify what field represents the username, if any. Here, username really refers to the field representing the nick name the user uses to login, and not some unique identifier (possibly including an e-mail adddress) as is the case for Django's AbstractBaseUser.USERNAME_FIELD.

Meaning, if your custom user model does not have a username field (again, not to be mistaken with an e-mail address or user id), you will need to set ACCOUNT_USER_MODEL_USERNAME_FIELD to None. This will disable username related functionality in allauth.

Similarly, you will need to set ACCOUNT_USER_MODEL_EMAIL_FIELD to None, or the proper field (if other than email).


Invitation handling is not supported, and most likely will not be any time soon. An invitation app could cover anything ranging from invitations of new users, to invitations of existing users to participate in restricted parts of the site. All in all, the scope of invitation handling is large enough to warrant being addressed in an app of its own.

Still, everything is in place to easily hook up any third party invitation app. The account adapter (allauth.account.adapter.DefaultAccountAdapter) offers the following methods:

  • is_open_for_signup(request). You can override this method to, for example, inspect the session to check if an invitation was accepted.
  • stash_verified_email(request, email). If an invitation was accepted by following a link in a mail, then there is no need to send e-mail verification mails after the signup is completed. Use this method to record the fact that an e-mail address was verified.
Sending E-mail

E-mails sent (e.g. in case of password forgotten, or e-mail confirmation) can be altered by providing your own templates. Templates are named as follows:


In case you want to include an HTML representation, add an HTML template as follows:


If this does not suit your needs, you can hook up your own custom mechanism by overriding the send_mail method of the account adapter (allauth.account.adapter.DefaultAccountAdapter).

Custom Redirects

If redirecting to statically configurable URLs (as specified in your project settings) is not flexible enough, then you can override the following adapter methods:

  • allauth.account.adapter.DefaultAccountAdapter:
    • get_login_redirect_url(request)
    • get_logout_redirect_url(request)
    • get_email_confirmation_redirect_url(request)
  • allauth.socialaccount.adapter.DefaultSocialAccountAdapter:
    • get_connect_redirect_url(request, socialaccount)

For example, redirecting to /accounts/<username>/ can be implemented as follows:

# project/settings.py:
ACCOUNT_ADAPTER = 'project.users.adapter.MyAccountAdapter'

# project/users/adapter.py:
from django.conf import settings
from allauth.account.adapter import DefaultAccountAdapter

class MyAccountAdapter(DefaultAccountAdapter):

    def get_login_redirect_url(self, request):
        path = "/accounts/{username}/"
        return path.format(username=request.user.username)

All messages (as in django.contrib.messages) are configurable by overriding their respective template. If you want to disable a message simply override the message template with a blank one.

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