🔐 🌈 Add Login with Google to your Laravel app

Connor Leech
Jun 15, 2018 · 4 min read
Laravel Socialite handles login with OAuth and is officially maintained by the Laravel team.

In this tutorial we’re going to add authentication via Google to a Laravel app. We’re going to use Socialite and start from scratch.

1. Create Laravel app 🔧

Create a new laravel app with a database and get everything up and running.

2. Install Socialite 👩‍👧‍👧

Install socialite using composer. Socialite is an official Laravel package documented here.

3. Configure Laravel 🖥️

Add credentials to config/services.php. Socialite supports Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, GitHub and Bitbucket. Other providers require packages from the community, which are all listed here.

These providers follow the OAuth 2.0 spec and therefore require a client_id, client_secret and redirect url. We’ll obtain these in the next step! First, add the values to the config file because socialite will be looking for them when we ask it to.

'google' => [
'client_id' => env('GOOGLE_CLIENT_ID'),
'client_secret' => env('GOOGLE_CLIENT_SECRET'),
'redirect' => env('GOOGLE_REDIRECT')

Since we added a new package, make sure to add to the service providers array in config/app.php:

* Package Service Providers...

Service Providers are the central place for application bootstrapping. The above line let’s Laravel to know to make the Socialite available for use.

Add an alias to Socialite so it is easier to reference later, also in config/app.php file:

'aliases' => [
// ...
'Socialite' => Laravel\Socialite\Facades\Socialite::class,

4. Create the basic authentication scaffold 🗝️

php artisan make:auth

This will create a user model and some views for register and login pages. 💥

5. Create your app in Google 🌈

Select OAuth client ID > Consent > Web application

A modal will pop up with your apps client id and client secret. Add these values to your .env file.

Add the callback url. The user will be redirected back to this endpoint.

6. Handle your routes 🔀

Head into routes/web.php and add endpoints for redirect and callback:

Route::get('/redirect', 'Auth\LoginController@redirectToProvider');
Route::get('/callback', 'Auth\LoginController@handleProviderCallback');

The first method will show the Google authentication page in the same window where the user is viewing your webpage (no annoying popups):

* Redirect the user to the Google authentication page.
* @return \Illuminate\Http\Response
public function redirectToProvider()
return Socialite::driver('google')->redirect();

The next method will handle after a successful Google authentication:

* Obtain the user information from Google.
* @return \Illuminate\Http\Response
public function handleProviderCallback()
try {
$user = Socialite::driver('google')->user();
} catch (\Exception $e) {
return redirect('/login');
// only allow people with @company.com to login
if(explode("@", $user->email)[1] !== 'company.com'){
return redirect()->to('/');
// check if they're an existing user
$existingUser = User::where('email', $user->email)->first();
// log them in
auth()->login($existingUser, true);
} else {
// create a new user
$newUser = new User;
$newUser->name = $user->name;
$newUser->email = $user->email;
$newUser->google_id = $user->id;
$newUser->avatar = $user->avatar;
$newUser->avatar_original = $user->avatar_original;
auth()->login($newUser, true);
return redirect()->to('/home');

Right now this will authenticate the user and dump the info we get back on the screen. If you run this you can see we get a token, refreshToken, name, email, avatar, user object, avatar and avatar_original field.

7. Update the users table migration 💽

Update your create_users_table migration to include these new fields. You could alternatively create a new migration for adding theses columns, which would be good for an existing app:


use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Schema;
use Illuminate\Database\Schema\Blueprint;
use Illuminate\Database\Migrations\Migration;

class CreateUsersTable extends Migration
* Run the migrations.
* @return void
public function up()
Schema::create('users', function (Blueprint $table) {

* Reverse the migrations.
* @return void
public function down()

That’s all folks!

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