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CakePHP Facebook login using CakeDC Users Plugin

IMPORTANT: This tutorial is old, please check the updated Facebook version for CakeDC Users Plugin 3.1.5

 

If you are using an old version, we recommend to migrate to latest version of the plugin. We'll keep this article online for some more time....

 

The CakeDC Users Plugin provides an easy way to integrate Facebook social login into your application.

This is a short how-to tutorial to enable Facebook login. We'll assume you have a brand new CakePHP 3 application already setup.

Setup

Use composer to install the CakeDC Users Plugin

        composer require cakedc/users:~3.1.0
        composer require opauth/opauth:1.0.x-dev
        composer require opauth/facebook:1.0.x-dev

Now update your composer.json file adding the following repository override, to use our own fork of the Facebook Strategy, as the main repo is not maintained

        "repositories":
        [
            {
                "type": "vcs",
                "url": "https://github.com/CakeDC/facebook.git"
            }
        ],

Note we are using the 3.1 version, matching the CakePHP 3.1 compatible version of the Plugin, check the compatibility matrix to find the right version for your current CakePHP version.

Load it from your bootstrap.php file

        Plugin::load('CakeDC/Users', ['routes' => true, 'bootstrap' => true]);

Run migrations to add 2 new tables: 'users' and 'social_accounts'

        bin/cake migrations migrate -p CakeDC/Users

Configuration

Load the Component in your src/Controller/AppController.php

    public function initialize()
    {
        parent::initialize();
        //
        // ...
        //
        $this->loadComponent('CakeDC/Users.UsersAuth');
    }

login page output

Create a new Facebook application

  • Go to Facebook developers and log in
  • Create a new Facebook application new Facebook app
  • Click "website" and select some awesome name for your brand new app (yeah, some random name would work too)
  • Pick a Category, complete the quick start form, etc.
  • Once you are done, go to your newly created app and click "settings"
  • In settings, you should add your domain to "App domains" and ensure there is at least one login platform = "Website" defined
  • Copy your App ID and secret

Setup the Plugin to use your Facebook app for login

Now you have a working Facebook app configured, we are going to link the CakeDC Users Plugin to use the app for login.

Update your bootstrap.php file to customize the CakeDC Users Plugin

        Configure::write('Users.config', ['users']);
        Plugin::load('CakeDC/Users', ['routes' => true, 'bootstrap' => true]);

Create a new "config/users.php" file with contents

    return [
        'Opauth.Strategy.Facebook.app_id' => 'YOUR APP ID',
        'Opauth.Strategy.Facebook.app_secret' => 'YOUR APP SECRET',
        //etc
    ];

This file will override any configuration key present in the Plugin, you can check the configuration options here Configuration.

You are done!

Now the "login with Facebook" link (in "/login" page) will open the Facebook login popup and connect back to your application. If the email is provided by the user, he'll be automatically registered using the default role = 'user'. If no email is provided, the user will be requested to enter an email to complete the registration process in your application. Once his email is validated (link sent via email), he'll be able to login using Facebook.

Read more about CakeDC Users Plugin

Giving back to the community

This Plugin's development has been sponsored by the Cake Development Corporation. Contact us if you are interested in:

  • Professional, commercial CakePHP development and consultancy
  • Professional CakePHP training
  • CakePHP code reviews

We hope you've enjoyed this short tutorial covering the Facebook login, stay tunned for new CakePHP + Users Plugin tutorials coming soon...

 

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