Client Libraries and SDKs Overview
Client libraries and SDKs will help you quickly integrate your application with FusionAuth. All of our client libraries are open source and hosted on our GitHub account. You can fork and tweak them as well as look over the code to learn how the client libraries work.
SDKs vs Client Libraries
At FusionAuth, a client library is a thin wrapper over our FusionAuth APIs, and it provides complete coverage over all public FusionAuth API endpoints. A client library is like a set of legos, to be put together by a developer who wants to extend or manipulate FusionAuth to meet their needs.
You can use a client library to manage FusionAuth. For instance, if you wanted to rotate client secrets regularly, you could use a client library to do so.
It can also be used to integrate with a custom application to offer login experiences that are different from those that are offered out of the box. If, in your app, you wanted to prompt someone for a username first, then do a lookup, then offer them a custom password field, then prompt them to enter their favorite color, use a client library to perform these complicated, custom operations.
At FusionAuth, an SDK is an opinionated set of higher level constructs. These focus on a subset of functionality. These are like an assembled lego set.
FusionAuth SDKs have:
- A button/function for logging in
- A button/function for logging out
- A button/function to register the user
- A filter/some way to examine roles and limit information displayed to a given role or set of roles
- A way to refresh a token without asking the user to reauthenticate.
- Secure access and refresh token storage
SDKs should require minimal customization to use.
If you want both the easy solutions provided by an SDK and the fine-grained control provided by a client library, you can use an SDK and a client library in the same application.
If we are missing a language, open a GitHub Issue as a Feature Request if you don’t see it already listed as an open feature.
- Angular SDK
- Dart Client Library
- Go Client Library
- Java Client Library
- .NET Core Client Library
- OpenAPI Client Library
- PHP Client Library
- Python Client Library
- React SDK
- Ruby Client Library
- Typescript Client Library
- Vue SDK
There are also community contributed client libraries for other languages.
Deprecated Client Libraries
These client libraries still work and are built for every release, but are deprecated. For new projects, prefer the alternative.
- Node Client Library (deprecated, prefer Typescript Client Library)
FusionAuth client libraries are a thin wrapper around the REST API. Client libraries are typically used in two different ways.
First, they can be used to access the FusionAuth APIs in a familiar format, leveraging language features like auto-completion. When used for this, they can be helpful to script FusionAuth configuration, automate common tasks, and create copies of existing applications, groups and more.
To use the client libraries effectively in this way, it is helpful to review the source code of the client library and the API documentation, which contains the JSON structure. The API documentation is very thorough about the JSON objects it expects as part of the payload as well as what parameters are required when.
Second, client libraries can exchange a token to let a user to log in via the Authorization Code Grant. This is a secondary use of these libraries. This process is best done by using a language specific OAuth library, which will work with FusionAuth. Here is a community curated list of such libraries.
Client libraries do not currently provide higher level functionality such as token management. Here is an open issue detailing some requested higher level functionality. Please feel free to file an issue or upvote this one if you desire it.
You can always directly call the REST API if the client library functionality doesn’t work for you. All the client libraries use the REST API.
In general, the request object will either be string parameters or a complex object depending on the type of API call being made. Any request object will be mapped by the library to a JSON object required by the corresponding API method. Examining the API documents for the operations you’re trying to call will therefore be useful, especially if you are using language without static typing.
The response object will typically contain:
- a status corresponding to the HTTP status code returned by the API. It may also be -1 if no HTTP request was successfully made
- a JSON success object if the call succeeded.
- a JSON error object with an intelligible message if the status code is
- an exception object if there was no HTTP request sent or there was no reasonable response from the server.
Client library versions track the API. The API will only change with a major or minor version release, not with a patch release.
You should use the version of a client library that corresponds to your version of FusionAuth. If that is not available, use the latest release of the client library for the minor version.
Examples of Client Library Versions To Use
|FusionAuth Version||Client Library Version||Notes|
|Same minor version|
|Latest release in the minor version|