Secure social login and Play authenticator together

It is quite common use facebook, twitter and other social networks as a login provider for application. In Play world, Secure Social is one of the most used! Here in the blog there is a tutorial that guides you to configure this extension in your project. But, it is also important that your web app provides a formal way to register new users, using a common registration form.

For this last case, the normal way to control user access is using the Play plugin, provided by the framework “out of the box”. The problem here is the integration between these two plugins. When your user authenticates through a social network, Secure Social is the one responsible for checking the access control, it already has annotations for this case. While that when the user authenticates, for instance, through your database, you will probably want to use the plugin annotation provided by Play to control the user access.

In order to use both together, you have to change the Play’s session with information that came from the social login. The good news is that Secure Social has this exactly feature! You can create a listener that can be notified when new social login is done :). Let’s see the code.

    class SocialLoginEventListener(app: play.Application) extends EventListener {
      override def id: String = "my_event_listener"

      def onEvent(event: Event, request: RequestHeader, session: Session): Option[Session] = {
        event match {
          case e: LoginEvent => {
            val loggedUser = event.user.asInstanceOf[WrapIdentity].getUser()

          case e:LogoutEvent => Option(Session.deserialize(Map[String,String]()))
          case _ => None

You just have to change the session. I put the email information here because this is the key being used for my Play Authenticator, fell free to change and use what is better for you. Another point is that Secure Social provides only a Scala version of this feature. Remember, it is not a problem, your Play project is Java and Scala! You can combine both languages to take advantage of both worlds.

Now you have to configure Secure Social to use your listener. You have to add an entry in your play.plugins file.

  #my implementation of a service

That is it, now you are able to use both login ways together without a problem! As last week I did not write,  I am gonna write twice in this one.


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