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Custom edX authentication backends and pipeline steps

Project Description


This repo houses custom authentication backends and pipeline steps used by edX projects such as the edx-analytics-dashboard and edx-ecommerce.

This project is new and under active development.


The auth_backends package can be installed from PyPI using pip:

pip install edx-auth-backends


Included backends:

Backend Purpose
Open ID Connect Authenticate with the LMS, an OIDC provider.

auth_backends requires Django 1.7. Required Django settings:

Setting Default

Set these to the correct values for your OAuth2/OpenID Connect provider. SOCIAL_AUTH_EDX_OIDC_ID_TOKEN_DECRYPTION_KEY should be the same as SOCIAL_AUTH_EDX_OIDC_SECRET. Set EXTRA_SCOPE equal to a list of scope strings to request additional information from the edX OAuth2 provider at the moment of authentication (e.g., provide course permissions bits to get a full list of courses).


Execute to run the test suite.


The code in this repository is licensed under the AGPL unless otherwise noted.

Please see LICENSE.txt for details.

How To Contribute

Contributions are very welcome!

Please read How To Contribute for details.

Even though it was written with edx-platform in mind, the guidelines should be followed for Open edX code in general.

Reporting Security Issues

Please do not report security issues in public. Please email

Mailing List and IRC Channel

You can discuss this code on the edx-code Google Group or in the #edx-code IRC channel on Freenode.


0.1.3 (2015-03-31)

  • Update required version of Python Social Auth to 0.2.3.

0.1.2 (2015-02-23)

  • Update required version of Python Social Auth to 0.2.2.

0.1.1 (2015-02-20)

  • Initial release.

Renzo Lucioni <>

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