OAuth and Facebook

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OAuth and Facebook

Postby jsucamel » Fri May 28, 2010 10:10 pm

Hey guys,

I'm trying to allow my app to push a Status Update to Facebook. I gave the new Android Facebook SDK a shot, but it's in Alpha and I don't want to make my app reliant on something that's bound to change pretty quickly. As a result, I'm falling back on plain raw OAuth requests.

Here's what I have:

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String FACEBOOK_URL = "https://graph.facebook.com/oauth/authorize?client_id="+APP_ID+"&display=touch&redirect_uri=http://sample-app.com/";
          try {
             this.startActivity(new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW, Uri.parse(FACEBOOK_URL)));
          } catch (Exception e){
             Log.e("Error", e.getMessage());

and my AndroidManifest.xml file looks like:

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    <application android:icon="@drawable/icon" android:label="@string/app_name">
        <activity android:name=".ExampleApp"
                <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
                <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
                   <action android:name="android.intent.action.VIEW"></action> 
               <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT"></category> 
               <category android:name="android.intent.category.BROWSABLE"></category>
               <data android:scheme="http" android:host="sample-app.com"></data> 

    <uses-sdk android:minSdkVersion="6" />
   <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />

Here's what's happening: I activate the intent, and it takes me to the proper Facebook sign in page. I sign in, and it redirects me to the proper callback URL (sample-app.com). However, Facebook doesn't recognize Android internal URLs (like myapp://sample). Instead, it returns on http://sample.com. I don't really have a problem with that, but what's happening is that a dialog comes up that says "Complete action using..." and then gives the user a choice between the Browser and my app.

I don't want the user to be able to choose -- I need it to return me to the app! If I choose my app, the app continues working perfectly. I just can't figure out how to make it go back to the App automatically, instead of asking whether to use the browser or not.

Is there a better way of doing this? I've tried various Facebook wrappers, and I'd much prefer to stick with a simple OAuth thing that I know I can control 100%, but if anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear them.


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Re: OAuth and Facebook

Postby jonneymendoza » Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:04 pm

Hi did you managed to figure out a solution to your problem? i followed this guide here http://donpark.org/blog/2009/01/24/andr ... side-oauth and it diddnt work.

The browser would not close and go back to my app. i am using LinkedIn by the way, not FB but it should be the same way you are doing it as they both use OAuth
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