OAuth Authentication

This sample demonstrates the use of OAuth 2.0 authorization for an ArcGIS Online user login. In this sample the user is prompted to enter their credentials which are then authenticated against the requested resource.

Once the user has been authenticated successfully, the AuthenticationManager stores this information until the user explicitly signs out. You will need an ArcGIS Online login to run this sample (AuthenticationManager will prompt for username and password).


Xamarin platforms require the Xamarin.Auth package available at nuget.org.

OAuth login for ArcGIS Online


  1. When you run the sample, the app will load a web map that contains premium content.
  2. You will be challenged for an ArcGIS Online login to view that layer (world traffic).
  3. Enter your ArcGIS Online user name and password.
  4. If you authenticate successfully, the traffic layer will display, otherwise the map will contain only the public layers.
  5. You can alter the code to supply OAuth configuration settings specific to your app.


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using Android.App;
using Android.OS;
using Android.Widget;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Portal;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Security;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.UI.Controls;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Xamarin.Auth;

namespace ArcGISRuntimeXamarin.Samples.OAuth
    [Activity(Label = "OAuth")]
    public class OAuth : Activity, IOAuthAuthorizeHandler
        // MapView control to display a map
        private MapView _myMapView = new MapView();

        // Use a TaskCompletionSource to track the completion of the authorization
        private TaskCompletionSource<IDictionary<string, string>> _taskCompletionSource;

        // Constants for OAuth-related values ...
        // TODO: URL of the portal to authenticate with
        private const string ServerUrl = "https://www.arcgis.com/sharing/rest";

        // TODO: Add Client ID for an app registered with the server
        private const string AppClientId = @"lgAdHkYZYlwwfAhC";

        // TODO: [optional] Provide the client secret for the app (only needed for the OAuthAuthorizationCode authorization type)
        private const string ClientSecret = "";

        // TODO: Add URL for redirecting after a successful authorization
        //       Note - this must be a URL configured as a valid Redirect URI with your app
        private const string OAuthRedirectUrl = @"my-ags-app://auth";

        // TODO: Provide an ID for a web map item hosted on the server
        // (perhaps shared only with your organization or containing secured layers)
        private const string WebMapId = "cbd8ac5252fa4cf8a55d8350265c531b";

        protected override void OnCreate(Bundle bundle)

            Title = "OAuth authorization";


            // Call a function to initialize the app and request a web map (with secured layers) to display

        private async void Initialize()
            // Set up the AuthenticationManager to use OAuth for secure ArcGIS Online requests

            // Connect to the portal (ArcGIS Online, for example)
            ArcGISPortal arcgisPortal = await ArcGISPortal.CreateAsync(new Uri(ServerUrl));

            // Get a web map portal item using its ID
            // (If the item contains layers not shared publicly, the user will be challenged for credentials at this point)
            PortalItem portalItem = await PortalItem.CreateAsync(arcgisPortal, WebMapId);

            // Create a new map with the portal item and display it in the map view
            // (If authentication failed, only the public layers will be displayed)
            Map myMap = new Map(portalItem);
            _myMapView.Map = myMap;

        private void SetOAuthInfo()
            // Register the server information with the AuthenticationManager
            var serverInfo = new ServerInfo
                ServerUri = new Uri(ServerUrl),
                TokenAuthenticationType = TokenAuthenticationType.OAuthImplicit,
                OAuthClientInfo = new OAuthClientInfo
                    ClientId = AppClientId,
                    RedirectUri = new Uri(OAuthRedirectUrl)

            // If a client secret has been configured, set the authentication type to OAuthAuthorizationCode
            if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(ClientSecret))
                // Use OAuthAuthorizationCode if you need a refresh token (and have specified a valid client secret)
                serverInfo.TokenAuthenticationType = TokenAuthenticationType.OAuthAuthorizationCode;
                serverInfo.OAuthClientInfo.ClientSecret = ClientSecret;

            // Register this server with AuthenticationManager

            // Use a function in this class to challenge for credentials
            AuthenticationManager.Current.ChallengeHandler = new ChallengeHandler(CreateCredentialAsync);

            // Set the OAuthAuthorizeHandler component (this class)
            AuthenticationManager.Current.OAuthAuthorizeHandler = this;

        private void CreateLayout()
            // Create a new vertical layout for the app
            var mainLayout = new LinearLayout(this) { Orientation = Orientation.Vertical };
            // Add the map view to the layout

            // Show the layout in the app

        // ChallengeHandler function that will be called whenever access to a secured resource is attempted
        public async Task<Credential> CreateCredentialAsync(CredentialRequestInfo info)
            Credential credential = null;

                // IOAuthAuthorizeHandler will challenge the user for OAuth credentials
                credential = await AuthenticationManager.Current.GenerateCredentialAsync(info.ServiceUri);
            catch (TaskCanceledException) { return credential; }
            catch (Exception)
                // Exception will be reported in calling function

            return credential;

        // IOAuthAuthorizeHandler.AuthorizeAsync implementation
        public Task<IDictionary<string, string>> AuthorizeAsync(Uri serviceUri, Uri authorizeUri, Uri callbackUri)
            // If the TaskCompletionSource is not null, authorization is in progress
            if (_taskCompletionSource != null)
                // Allow only one authorization process at a time
                throw new Exception();

            // Create a task completion source
            _taskCompletionSource = new TaskCompletionSource<IDictionary<string, string>>();

            // Create a new Xamarin.Auth.OAuth2Authenticator using the information passed in
            Xamarin.Auth.OAuth2Authenticator authenticator = new OAuth2Authenticator(
                clientId: AppClientId,
                scope: "",
                authorizeUrl: authorizeUri,
                redirectUrl: callbackUri);

            // Allow the user to cancel the OAuth attempt
            authenticator.AllowCancel = true;

            // Define a handler for the OAuth2Authenticator.Completed event
            authenticator.Completed += (sender, authArgs) =>
                    // Check if the user is authenticated
                    if (authArgs.IsAuthenticated)
                        // If authorization was successful, get the user's account
                        Xamarin.Auth.Account authenticatedAccount = authArgs.Account;

                        // Set the result (Credential) for the TaskCompletionSource
                catch (Exception ex)
                    // If authentication failed, set the exception on the TaskCompletionSource
                    // End the OAuth login activity

            // If an error was encountered when authenticating, set the exception on the TaskCompletionSource
            authenticator.Error += (sndr, errArgs) =>
                // If the user cancels, the Error event is raised but there is no exception ... best to check first
                if (errArgs.Exception != null)
                    // Login canceled: end the OAuth login activity
                    if (_taskCompletionSource != null)

            // Present the OAuth UI (Activity) so the user can enter user name and password
            var intent = authenticator.GetUI(this);
            this.StartActivityForResult(intent, 99);

            // Return completion source task so the caller can await completion
            return _taskCompletionSource.Task;

        private static IDictionary<string, string> DecodeParameters(Uri uri)
            // Create a dictionary of key value pairs returned in an OAuth authorization response URI query string
            var answer = string.Empty;

            // Get the values from the URI fragment or query string
            if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(uri.Fragment))
                answer = uri.Fragment.Substring(1);
                if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(uri.Query))
                    answer = uri.Query.Substring(1);

            // Parse parameters into key / value pairs
            var keyValueDictionary = new Dictionary<string, string>();
            var keysAndValues = answer.Split(new[] { '&' }, StringSplitOptions.RemoveEmptyEntries);
            foreach (var kvString in keysAndValues)
                var pair = kvString.Split('=');
                string key = pair[0];
                string value = string.Empty;
                if (key.Length > 1)
                    value = Uri.UnescapeDataString(pair[1]);

                keyValueDictionary.Add(key, value);

            // Return the dictionary of string keys/values
            return keyValueDictionary;

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