Authenticate with OAuth

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Authenticate with ArcGIS Online (or your own portal) using OAuth2 to access secured resources (such as private web maps or layers).

Authenticate with OAuth App

Use case

Your app may need to access items that are only shared with authorized users. For example, your organization may host private data layers or feature services that are only accessible to verified users. You may also need to take advantage of premium ArcGIS Online services, such as geocoding or routing services, which require a named user login.

How to use the sample

When you run the sample, the app will load a web map which contains premium content. You will be challenged for an ArcGIS Online login to view the private layers. Enter a user name and password for an ArcGIS Online named user account (such as your ArcGIS for Developers account). If you authenticate successfully, the traffic layer will display, otherwise the map will contain only the public basemap layer.

How it works

  1. Create an OAuthConfiguration specifying the portal URL, client ID, and redirect URL.
  2. Set the AuthenticationManager's AuthenticationChallengeHandler to a DefaultAuthenticationChallengeHandler.
  3. Add the OAuth configuration to the authentication manager.
  4. Load a map with premium content requiring authentication to automatically invoke the default authentication handler.

Relevant API

  • AuthenticationChallengeHandler
  • AuthenticationManager
  • OAuthConfiguration
  • PortalItem

Additional information

The workflow presented in this sample works for all SAML based enterprise (IWA, PKI, Okta, etc.) & social (facebook, google, etc.) identity providers for ArcGIS Online or Portal. For more information, see the topic [Set up enterprise logins].(

For additional information on using Oauth in your app, see the topic Authenticate with the API in Mobile and Native Named User Login.


authentication, cloud, credential, OAuth, portal, security

Sample Code
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package com.esri.arcgisruntime.sample.authenticatewithoauth;


import android.os.Bundle;
import android.util.Log;
import android.widget.Toast;

import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.ArcGISMap;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.MapView;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.portal.Portal;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.portal.PortalItem;

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

  private static final String TAG = MainActivity.class.getSimpleName();

  private MapView mMapView;

  protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

    // get a reference to the map view
    mMapView = findViewById(;

    try {
      // set up an oauth config with url to portal, a client id and a re-direct url
      // a custom client id for your app can be set on the ArcGIS for Developers dashboard under
      // Authentication --> Redirect URIs
      OAuthConfiguration oAuthConfiguration = new OAuthConfiguration(getString(R.string.portal_url),
          getString(R.string.oauth_redirect_uri) + "://" + getString(R.string.oauth_redirect_host));

      // setup AuthenticationManager to handle auth challenges
      DefaultAuthenticationChallengeHandler defaultAuthenticationChallengeHandler = new DefaultAuthenticationChallengeHandler(

      // use the DefaultChallengeHandler to handle authentication challenges

      // add an OAuth configuration
      // NOTE: you must add the DefaultOAuthIntentReceiver Activity to the app's manifest to handle starting a browser

      // load the portal and add the portal item as a map to the map view
      Portal portal = new Portal(getString(R.string.portal_url));
      PortalItem portalItem = new PortalItem(portal, getString(R.string.webmap_world_traffic_id));
      ArcGISMap map = new ArcGISMap(portalItem);

    } catch (MalformedURLException e) {
      String error = "Error in OAuthConfiguration URL: " + e.getMessage();
      Log.e(TAG, error);
      Toast.makeText(this, error, Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();

  protected void onResume() {

  protected void onPause() {

  protected void onDestroy() {