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OAuth2 Provider

This provider supports both generic OAuth2 as well as OpenID Connect

Scopes can be configured using Scope Mappings, a type of Property Mappings.

User Info/application/o/userinfo/
Token Revoke/application/o/revoke/
End Session/application/o/<application slug>/end-session/
JWKS/application/o/<application slug>/jwks/
OpenID Configuration/application/o/<application slug>/.well-known/openid-configuration

GitHub Compatibility

This provider also exposes a GitHub-compatible endpoint. This endpoint can be used by applications, which support authenticating against GitHub Enterprise, but not generic OpenID Connect.

To use any of the GitHub Compatibility scopes, you have to use the GitHub Compatibility Endpoints.

User Info/user
User Teams Info/user/teams

To access the user's email address, a scope of user:email is required. To access their groups, read:org is required. Because these scopes are handled by a different endpoint, they are not customisable as a Scope Mapping.

Grant types


This grant is used to convert an authorization code to a refresh token. The authorization code is retrieved through the Authorization flow, and can only be used once, and expires quickly.


Refresh tokens can be used as long-lived tokens to access user data, and further renew the refresh token down the road.


See Machine-to-machine authentication

Scope authorization

By default, every user that has access to an application can request any of the configured scopes. Starting with authentik 2022.4, you can do additional checks for the scope in an expression policy (bound to the application):

# There are additional fields set in the context, use `ak_logger.debug(request.context)` to see them.
if "my-admin-scope" in request.context["oauth_scopes"]:
return ak_is_group_member(request.user, name="my-admin-group")
return True

Special scopes

GitHub compatibility

  • user: No-op, is accepted for compatibility but does not give access to any resources
  • read:user: Same as above
  • user:email: Allows read-only access to /user, including email address
  • read:org: Allows read-only access to /user/teams, listing all the user's groups as teams.


  • This scope grants the refresh token access to the authentik API on behalf of the user

Default scopes


Requires authentik 2022.7

When a client does not request any scopes, authentik will treat the request as if all configured scopes were requested. Depending on the configured authorization flow, consent still needs to be given, and all scopes are listed there.

This does not apply to special scopes, as those are not configurable in the provider.