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GitHub Authentication


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Forem allows you to authenticate using GitHub. To use this authentication method in local development, you will need to set up a GitHub App and retrieve its keys. Then you'll need to provide these keys to the Rails application.

  1. Click this link to create a new OAuth application in your Github account - you will be redirected to sign in to Github account if you have not already.

  2. Fill in the form with an application name, description, and the URL http://localhost:3000/users/auth/github/callback. Replace the port 3000 if you run Forem on another port.

    Fill in form

  3. You will be redirected to the app's Developer settings. Here you will find the keys. Add them to your .env file accordingly (name of GitHub key -> name of our ENV variable):

    Client ID -> GITHUB_KEY
    Client Secret -> GITHUB_SECRET

    Add api keys to .env file

  4. Done.