How to add GitHub Login button to your Android app using Kotlin

UPDATE [March 4rd, 2020]: AsyncTasks replaced with Coroutines

Today, I’ll show you how to implement the ‘Log in with GitHub’ button into your Android app.

We’re going to use 3-legged Authorization(OAuth) to get the authorization code and exchange it later for the access token. Using the access token, we’ll be able to get user’s information and email address making an HTTP request to

Let’s get started!

First, we need to create the Client ID and Client Secret on the GitHub website.

Go to and press the Register a new application button.

Fill the required fields and press Register application.

On the new page, you’ll see the Client ID and Client Secret we going to use later.

Adding the dependencies

In this tutorial, we’re going to use Coroutines, which will help us do HTTP POST requests easier.

In the build.gradle file of your app add the following dependency:

dependencies { // ... implementation 'org.jetbrains.kotlinx:kotlinx-coroutines-android:1.3.5' // ... }
Code language: Kotlin (kotlin)

Creating the GitHub Login Button

First, add a Button to your XML file. In this example, we have a button in the middle of the activity_main.xml.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <RelativeLayout xmlns:android="" xmlns:tools="" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:background="@color/colorPrimary" tools:context=".MainActivity"> <Button android:id="@+id/github_login_btn" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_centerInParent="true" android:background="@drawable/rounded_corners" android:drawablePadding="8dp" android:drawableStart="@drawable/github_icon" android:drawableLeft="@drawable/github_icon" android:padding="8dp" android:text="Log in with GitHub" android:textAllCaps="false" android:textColor="@android:color/white" /> </RelativeLayout>
Code language: HTML, XML (xml)

Create a new Kotlin object file by right-clicking on your app’s package name on the left side and go New > Kotlin File/Class.

Give it the name GithubConstants, choose Object and press OK.

Inside the new file, copy and paste the following code and replace the CLIENT_ID, CLIENT_SECRET and REDIRECT_URI with yours.

object GithubConstants { val CLIENT_ID = "MY_CLIENT_ID" val CLIENT_SECRET = "MY_CLIENT_SECRET" val REDIRECT_URI = "MY_REDIRECT_URI" val SCOPE = "read:user,user:email" val AUTHURL = "" val TOKENURL = "" }
Code language: Kotlin (kotlin)

In your AndroidManifest.xml file, add internet permission.

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />
Code language: HTML, XML (xml)

In the Kotlin class of your Activity (In this example is the MainActivity), add a listener to your button, and create a Dialog with a WebView inside.

lateinit var githubAuthURLFull: String lateinit var githubdialog: Dialog override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) { super.onCreate(savedInstanceState) setContentView(R.layout.activity_main) val state = TimeUnit.MILLISECONDS.toSeconds(System.currentTimeMillis()) githubAuthURLFull = GithubConstants.AUTHURL + "?client_id=" + GithubConstants.CLIENT_ID + "&scope=" + GithubConstants.SCOPE + "&redirect_uri=" + GithubConstants.REDIRECT_URI + "&state=" + state github_login_btn.setOnClickListener { setupGithubWebviewDialog(githubAuthURLFull) } } // Show Github login page in a dialog @SuppressLint("SetJavaScriptEnabled") fun setupGithubWebviewDialog(url: String) { githubdialog = Dialog(this) val webView = WebView(this) webView.isVerticalScrollBarEnabled = false webView.isHorizontalScrollBarEnabled = false webView.webViewClient = GithubWebViewClient() webView.settings.javaScriptEnabled = true webView.loadUrl(url) githubdialog.setContentView(webView) }
Code language: Kotlin (kotlin)

This WebView uses a custom WebViewClient, named GithubWebViewClient.

This helps to ‘catch’ the URL with the authorization code after the user has given access to your app.

// A client to know about WebView navigations // For API 21 and above @Suppress("OverridingDeprecatedMember") inner class GithubWebViewClient : WebViewClient() { @TargetApi(Build.VERSION_CODES.LOLLIPOP) override fun shouldOverrideUrlLoading( view: WebView?, request: WebResourceRequest? ): Boolean { if (request!!.url.toString().startsWith(GithubConstants.REDIRECT_URI)) { handleUrl(request.url.toString()) // Close the dialog after getting the authorization code if (request.url.toString().contains("code=")) { githubdialog.dismiss() } return true } return false } // For API 19 and below override fun shouldOverrideUrlLoading(view: WebView, url: String): Boolean { if (url.startsWith(GithubConstants.REDIRECT_URI)) { handleUrl(url) // Close the dialog after getting the authorization code if (url.contains("?code=")) { githubdialog.dismiss() } return true } return false } // Check webview url for access token code or error private fun handleUrl(url: String) { val uri = Uri.parse(url) if (url.contains("code")) { val githubCode = uri.getQueryParameter("code") ?: "" requestForAccessToken(githubCode) } } }
Code language: Kotlin (kotlin)

After getting the authorization code, you need to exchange it for an access token by making an HTTP POST request to

fun requestForAccessToken(code: String) { val grantType = "authorization_code" val postParams = "grant_type=" + grantType + "&code=" + code + "&redirect_uri=" + GithubConstants.REDIRECT_URI + "&client_id=" + GithubConstants.CLIENT_ID + "&client_secret=" + GithubConstants.CLIENT_SECRET GlobalScope.launch(Dispatchers.Default) { val url = URL(GithubConstants.TOKENURL) val httpsURLConnection = withContext(Dispatchers.IO) { url.openConnection() as HttpsURLConnection } httpsURLConnection.requestMethod = "POST" httpsURLConnection.setRequestProperty( "Accept", "application/json" ); httpsURLConnection.doInput = true httpsURLConnection.doOutput = true val outputStreamWriter = OutputStreamWriter(httpsURLConnection.outputStream) withContext(Dispatchers.IO) { outputStreamWriter.write(postParams) outputStreamWriter.flush() } val response = httpsURLConnection.inputStream.bufferedReader() .use { it.readText() } // defaults to UTF-8 withContext(Dispatchers.Main) { val jsonObject = JSONTokener(response).nextValue() as JSONObject val accessToken = jsonObject.getString("access_token") //The access token // Get user's id, first name, last name, profile pic url fetchGithubUserProfile(accessToken) } } }
Code language: Kotlin (kotlin)

After having the access token, you can get user’s Id, Display Name, Profile pic URL and email address with an HTTP GET request.

fun fetchGithubUserProfile(token: String) { GlobalScope.launch(Dispatchers.Default) { val tokenURLFull = "" val url = URL(tokenURLFull) val httpsURLConnection = withContext(Dispatchers.IO) { url.openConnection() as HttpsURLConnection } httpsURLConnection.requestMethod = "GET" httpsURLConnection.setRequestProperty("Authorization", "Bearer $token") httpsURLConnection.doInput = true httpsURLConnection.doOutput = false val response = httpsURLConnection.inputStream.bufferedReader() .use { it.readText() } // defaults to UTF-8 val jsonObject = JSONTokener(response).nextValue() as JSONObject Log.i("GitHub Access Token: ", token) // GitHub Id val githubId = jsonObject.getInt("id") Log.i("GitHub Id: ", githubId.toString()) // GitHub Display Name val githubDisplayName = jsonObject.getString("login") Log.i("GitHub Display Name: ", githubDisplayName) // GitHub Email val githubEmail = jsonObject.getString("email") Log.i("GitHub Email: ", githubEmail) // GitHub Profile Avatar URL val githubAvatarURL = jsonObject.getString("avatar_url") Log.i("Github Profile Avatar URL: ", githubAvatarURL) } }
Code language: Kotlin (kotlin)


You can find the final project here

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Thank you very much, I was already a bit desperate with some of the errors that I caused following the android guide, really thank you very much 😀