Implementing Google Authentication for user login with Django Rest Framework (DRF)

Implementing Google Authentication for user login with Django Rest Framework (DRF)

Implementing Google Authentication for user login with Django Rest Framework (DRF) involves several steps. Here's a high-level overview of the process:

  1. Create a Django Project: If you don't already have a Django project, create one using django-admin or django-admin startproject.

  2. Set Up Your Environment: Install the necessary packages, such as django-allauth for authentication and social-auth-app-django for social authentication. You can install these packages using pip:

     pip install django-allauth social-auth-app-django
  3. Configure Authentication: Add allauth and allauth.account to your INSTALLED_APPS in your project's settings file (

         # ...
         # ...
  4. Configure Authentication Backends: In your AUTHENTICATION_BACKENDS, include the allauth backends:

         # ...
         # ...
  5. Add Social Application: In your Django admin panel (, add the Google API credentials by going to Social Applications and creating a new entry with the client ID and secret provided by Google when you set up the OAuth2 credentials for your application.

  6. URL Configuration: Configure URLs for authentication views. Add the following to your

     from allauth.socialaccount.providers.oauth2.views import (  
     from allauth.socialaccount.providers.oauth2.client import OAuth2Error
     urlpatterns = [
         # ...
         path('accounts/', include('allauth.urls')),  
         path('accounts/google/login/', OAuth2LoginView.as_view(), name='google_login'),
         path('accounts/google/callback/', OAuth2CallbackView.as_view(), name='google_callback'),
         # ...
  7. Settings Configuration: In your, configure the social authentication settings:

         'google': {
             'SCOPE': ['profile', 'email'],
             'AUTH_PARAMS': {'access_type': 'online'},

    Make sure to set the SOCIALACCOUNT_PROVIDERS values according to your application's requirements.

  8. User Serializer: Create a custom user serializer if needed, extending serializers.ModelSerializer. This serializer should include fields such as email, username, etc., based on your user model.

  9. User Registration and Login: To allow users to register and log in via Google, create views and serializers to handle registration and login. These views will typically make use of the Django Rest Framework's generic views and serializers.

  10. Testing: Test the authentication flow. You can use tools like Postman or create a frontend application to test Google authentication.

  11. Customize as Needed: Depending on your project's requirements, you may need to customize the behavior of the authentication flow, user registration, or user data storage.

Remember to run migrations (python migrate) after making changes to your settings or models. Additionally, ensure that you've properly configured your Google OAuth2 credentials in the Google Developer Console.

This is a high-level overview, and the specifics may vary depending on your project's requirements and Django version. Be sure to refer to the official documentation for Django Allauth, Django Rest Framework, and Social-Auth-App-Django for more detailed information and examples.