A client-side JavaScript SDK for authenticating with OAuth2 (and OAuth1 with a oauth proxy) web services and querying their REST APIs. HelloJS standardizes paths and responses to common APIs like Google Data Services, Facebook Graph and Windows Live Connect. It’s modular, so that list is growing. No more spaghetti code!


See demo at https://adodson.com/hello.js/.

Try out the next version

The next version is a modern rewrite of hellojs, please support this development in the v2 branch.

npm i hellojs@next


Here are some more demos…

Windows Facebook Google More..
Profile: name, picture (email)
Friends/Contacts: name, id (email)
Albums, name, id, web link
Photos in albums, names, links
Photo file: url, dimensions
Create a new album
Upload a photo
Delete an album
Status updates
Update Status


Download: HelloJS HelloJS (minified)

Compiled source, which combines all of the modules, can be obtained from GitHub, and source files can be found in Source.

Note: Some services require OAuth1 or server-side OAuth2 authorization. In such cases, HelloJS communicates with an OAuth Proxy.


npm i hellojs

At the present time only the bundled files in the /dist/hello.* support CommonJS. e.g. let hello = require('hellojs/dist/hello.all.js').


bower install hello

The Bower package shall install the aforementioned “/src” and “/dist” directories. The “/src” directory provides individual modules which can be packaged as desired.

Help & Support

Quick Start

Quick start shows you how to go from zero to loading in the name and picture of a user, like in the demo above.

1. Register

Register your application with at least one of the following networks. Ensure you register the correct domain as they can be quite picky.

2. Include Hello.js script in your page

<script src="./dist/hello.all.js"></script>

3. Create the sign-in buttons

Just add onclick events to call hello(network).login(). Style your buttons as you like; I’ve used zocial css, but there are many other icon sets and fonts.

<button onclick="hello('windows').login()">windows</button>

4. Add listeners for the user login

Let’s define a simple function, which will load a user profile into the page after they sign in and on subsequent page refreshes. Below is our event listener which will listen for a change in the authentication event and make an API call for data.

hello.on('auth.login', function(auth) {

	// Call user information, for the given network
	hello(auth.network).api('me').then(function(r) {
		// Inject it into the container
		var label = document.getElementById('profile_' + auth.network);
		if (!label) {
			label = document.createElement('div');
			label.id = 'profile_' + auth.network;
		label.innerHTML = '<img src="' + r.thumbnail + '" /> Hey ' + r.name;

5. Configure hello.js with your client IDs and initiate all listeners

Now let’s wire it up with our registration detail obtained in step 1. By passing a [key:value, …] list into the hello.init function. e.g….

}, {redirect_uri: 'redirect.html'});

That’s it. The code above actually powers the demo at the start so, no excuses.

Core Methods


Initiate the environment. And add the application credentials.

hello.init({facebook: id, windows: id, google: id, … })

name type
credentials object( key => value, ...  )
name type example description argument default
key string windows, facebook or google App names required n/a
value string 0000000AB1234 ID of the service to connect to required n/a
options sets default options, as in hello.login()</i>


	facebook: '359288236870',
	windows: '000000004403AD10'


If a network string is provided: A consent window to authenticate with that network will be initiated. Else if no network is provided a prompt to select one of the networks will open. A callback will be executed if the user authenticates and or cancels the authentication flow.

hello.login([network] [, options] [, callback()])

name type example description argument default
network string windows, facebook One of our services. required null
options object
name type example description argument default
display string popup, page or none "popup" - as the name suggests, "page" - navigates the whole page, "none" - refresh the access_token in the background optional popup
scope string email, publish or photos Comma separated list of scopes optional null
redirect_uri string Redirect Page A full or relative URI of a page which includes this script file hello.js optional window.location.href
response_type string token, code Implicit (token) or Explicit (code) Grant flow optional token
force Boolean or null true, false or null (true) initiate auth flow and prompt for reauthentication where available. (null) initiate auth flow. (false) only prompt auth flow if the scopes have changed or the token expired. optional null
popup object {resizable:1} Overrides the popups specs optional See hello.settings.popup
state string ijustsetthis Honours the state parameter, by storing it withing its own state object optional
callback function function(){alert("Logged in!");} A callback when the users session has been initiated optional null


hello('facebook').login().then(function() {
	alert('You are signed in to Facebook');
}, function(e) {
	alert('Signin error: ' + e.error.message);


Remove all sessions or individual sessions.

hello.logout([network] [, options] [, callback()])

name type example description argument default
network string windows, facebook One of our services. optional null
options object
name type example description argument default
force boolean true If set to true, the user will be logged out of the providers site as well as the local application. By default the user will still be signed into the providers site. optional false
callback function function() {alert('Logged out!');} A callback when the users session has been terminated optional null


hello('facebook').logout().then(function() {
	alert('Signed out');
}, function(e) {
	alert('Signed out error: ' + e.error.message);


Get the current status of the session. This is a synchronous request and does not validate any session cookies which may have expired.


name type example description argument default
network string windows, facebook One of our services. optional current


var online = function(session) {
	var currentTime = (new Date()).getTime() / 1000;
	return session && session.access_token && session.expires > currentTime;

var fb = hello('facebook').getAuthResponse();
var wl = hello('windows').getAuthResponse();

alert((online(fb) ? 'Signed' : 'Not signed') + ' into Facebook, ' + (online(wl) ? 'Signed' : 'Not signed') + ' into Windows Live');


Make calls to the API for getting and posting data.

hello.api([path], [method], [data], [callback(json)])

hello.api([path], [method], [data], [callback(json)]).then(successHandler, errorHandler)
name type example description argument default
path string /me, /me/friends A relative path to the modules base URI, a full URI or a mapped path defined by the module - see REST API. required null
query object {name:Hello} HTTP query string parameters. optional null
method get, post, delete, put See type HTTP request method to use. optional get
data object {name:Hello, description:Fandelicious} A JSON object of data, FormData, HTMLInputElement, HTMLFormElment to be sent along with a get, postor putrequest optional null
timeout integer 3000 = 3 seconds. Wait milliseconds before resolving the Promise with a reject. optional 60000
callback function function(json){console.log(json);} A function to call with the body of the response returned in the first parameter as an object, else boolean false. optional null
More options (below) require putting the options into a 'key'=>'value' hash. I.e. hello(network).api(options)
formatResponse boolean false true: format the response, false: return raw response. optional true


hello('facebook').api('me').then(function(json) {
	alert('Your name is ' + json.name);
}, function(e) {
	alert('Whoops! ' + e.error.message);

Event Subscription

Please see demo of the global events.


Bind a callback to an event. An event may be triggered by a change in user state or a change in some detail.

hello.on(event, callback)

event description
auth Triggered whenever session changes
auth.init Triggered prior to requesting an authentication flow
auth.login Triggered whenever a user logs in
auth.logout Triggered whenever a user logs out
auth.update Triggered whenever a users credentials change


var sessionStart = function() {
	alert('Session has started');
hello.on('auth.login', sessionStart);


Remove a callback. Both event name and function must exist.

hello.off(event, callback)

hello.off('auth.login', sessionStart);


Pagination, Limit and Next Page

Responses which are a subset of the total results should provide a response.paging.next property. This can be plugged back into hello.api in order to get the next page of results.

In the example below the function paginationExample() is initially called with me/friends. Subsequent calls take the path from resp.paging.next.

function paginationExample(path) {
		.api(path, {limit: 1})
			function callback(resp) {
				if (resp.paging && resp.paging.next) {
					if (confirm('Got friend ' + resp.data[0].name + '. Get another?')) {
						// Call the API again but with the 'resp.paging.next` path
				else {
					alert('Got friend ' + resp.data[0].name);
			function() {



The scope property defines which privileges an app requires from a network provider. The scope can be defined globally for a session through hello.init(object, {scope: 'string'}), or at the point of triggering the auth flow e.g. hello('network').login({scope: 'string'}); An app can specify multiple scopes, separated by commas - as in the example below.

    scope: 'friends, photos, publish'

Scopes are tightly coupled with API requests. Unauthorized error response from an endpoint will occur if the scope privileges have not been granted. Use the hello.api reference table to explore the API and scopes.

It’s considered good practice to limit the use of scopes. The more unnessary privileges you ask for the more likely users are going to drop off. If your app has many different sections, consider re-authorizing the user with different privileges as they go.

HelloJS modules standardises popular scope names. However you can always use proprietary scopes, e.g. to access google spreadsheets: hello('google').login({scope: 'https://spreadsheets.google.com/feeds'});

See Scope for standardised scopes.

Redirect Page

Providers of the OAuth1/2 authorization flow must respect a Redirect URI parameter in the authorization request (also known as a Callback URL). E.g. ...&redirect_uri=http://mydomain.com/redirect.html&...

The redirect_uri is always a full URL. It must point to a Redirect document which will process the authorization response and set user session data. In order for an application to communicate with this document and set the session data, the origin of the document must match that of the application - this restriction is known as the same-origin security policy.

A successful authorisation response will append the user credentials to the Redirect URI. e.g. ?access_token=12312&amp;expires_in=3600. The Redirect document is responsible for interpreting the request and setting the session data.

Create a Redirect Page and URI

In HelloJS the default value of redirect_uri is the current page. However its recommended that you explicitly set the redirect_uri to a dedicated page with minimal UI and page weight.

Create an HTML page on your site which will be your redirect document. Include the HelloJS script e.g…

<!doctype html>
<script src="./hello.js"></script>;

Do add css animations incase there is a wait. View Source on ./redirect.html for an example.

Then within your application script where you initiate HelloJS, define the Redirect URI to point to this page. e.g.

}, {
	redirect_uri: '/redirect.html'

Please note: The redirect_uri example above in hello.init is relative, it will be turned into an absolute path by HelloJS before being used.

Error Handling

Errors are returned i.e. hello.api([path]).then(null, [*errorHandler*]) - alternatively hello.api([path], [*handleSuccessOrError*]).

The Promise response standardizes the binding of error handlers.

Error Object

The first parameter of a failed request to the errorHandler may be either boolean (false) or be an Error Object

name type
error object
name type example description argument default
code string request_token_unauthorized Code required n/a
message string The provided access token.... Error message required n/a

Extending the services

Services are added to HelloJS as “modules” for more information about creating your own modules and examples, go to Modules

OAuth Proxy

A list of the service providers OAuth* mechanisms is available at Provider OAuth Mechanisms

For providers which support only OAuth1 or OAuth2 with Explicit Grant, the authentication flow needs to be signed with a secret key that may not be exposed in the browser. HelloJS gets round this problem by the use of an intermediary webservice defined by oauth_proxy. This service looks up the secret from a database and performs the handshake required to provision an access_token. In the case of OAuth1, the webservice also signs subsequent API requests.

Quick start: Register your Client ID and secret at the OAuth Proxy service, Register your App

The default proxy service is https://auth-server.herokuapp.com/. Developers may add their own network registration Client ID and secret to this service in order to get up and running. Alternatively recreate this service with node-oauth-shim. Then override the default oauth_proxy in HelloJS client script in hello.init, like so…

		oauth_proxy: 'https://auth-server.herokuapp.com/proxy'

Enforce Explicit Grant

Enforcing the OAuth2 Explicit Grant is done by setting response_type=code in hello.login options - or globally in hello.init options. E.g…

	response_type: 'code'

Refresh Access Token

Access tokens provided by services are generally short lived - typically 1 hour. Some providers allow for the token to be refreshed in the background after expiry.

A list of services which enable silent authentication after the Implicit Grant signin Refresh access_token

Unlike Implicit grant; Explicit grant may return the refresh_token. HelloJS honors the OAuth2 refresh_token, and will also request a new access_token once it has expired.

Bulletproof Requests

A good way to design your app is to trigger requests through a user action, you can then test for a valid access token prior to making the API request with a potentially expired token.

var google = hello('google');
// Set force to false, to avoid triggering the OAuth flow if there is an unexpired access_token available.
google.login({force: false}).then(function() {

Promises A+

The response from the async methods hello.login, hello.logout and hello.api return a thenable method which is Promise A+ compatible.

For a demo, or, if you’re bundling up the library from src/* files, then please checkout Promises

Browser Support

HelloJS targets all modern browsers.

Polyfills are included in src/hello.polyfill.js this is to bring older browsers upto date. If you’re using the resources located in dist/ this is already bundled in. But if you’re building from source you might like to first determine whether these polyfills are required, or if you’re already supporting them etc…

PhoneGap Support

HelloJS can also be run on PhoneGap applications. Checkout the demo hellojs-phonegap-demo

Chrome Apps

Demo hellojs-chromeapp-demo

HelloJS module src/hello.chromeapp.js (also bundled in dist/*) shims the library to support the unique API’s of the Chrome App environment (or Chrome Extension).

Chrome manifest.json prerequisites

The manifest.json file must have the following permissions…

	"permissions": [


HelloJS relies on these fantastic services for it’s development and deployment, without which it would still be kicking around in a cave - not evolving very fast.

Can I contribute?

Yes, yes you can. In fact this isn’t really free software, it comes with bugs and documentation errors. Moreover it tracks third party API’s which just won’t sit still. And it’s intended for everyone to understand, so if you dont understand something then it’s not fulfilling it’s goal.

… otherwise give it a star.

Changing Code?

Ensure you setup and test your code on a variety of browsers.

# Using Node.js on your dev environment
# cd into the project root and install dev dependencies
npm install -l

# Install the grunt CLI (if you haven't already)
sudo npm install -g grunt-cli

# Run the tests
grunt test

# Run the tests in the browser...

# 1. In project root create local web server e.g.
python -m SimpleHTTPServer

# 2. Then open the following URL in your web browser:
# http://localhost:8000/tests/specs/index.html