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A guide to set up a Google login for the Umbraco Backoffice.
The Umbraco Backoffice supports external login providers (OAuth) for performing authentication of your users. This could be any OpenIDConnect provider such as Azure Active Directory, Identity Server, Google, or Facebook.
In this tutorial, we will take you through the steps of setting up a Google login for the Backoffice.

What is a Google Login?

When you log in to the Umbraco Backoffice, you need to enter your username and password. Integrating your website with Google authentication adds a button that you can click to log in with your Google account.
Google login screen


I'm sure a lot of content editors and implementors of your Umbraco sites would love to have one less password to remember. Click Sign in with Google and if you are already logged in with your Google account, it will log you in directly.

Who is this tutorial for?

Developers who won't mind:
Does that sound way too advanced for you? Then this tutorial could be exactly what you are looking for. Let's get started.


For this tutorial, you need:

Setting up a Google OAuth API

The first thing to do is set up a Google API. To do this, you need to go to and log in with your Google account.

Setup a Google Console Project

  1. 1.
    At the top of the page, next to the Google Cloud Platform logo, select the project dropdown and click New Project.\
  2. 2.
    Enter the Project name, Organization, Location and click Create.

Enable Google+ API

  1. 1.
    From the project dropdown list, select the project you recently created and click Enable APIs and Services. \
  2. 2.
    In the Welcome to the API Library window, type Google+ API in the search field.
  3. 3.
    Click Enable to enable the API.\

Create Credentials

  1. 1.
    Before creating the credentials, you will need to configure your consent screen. Click on OAuth Consent Screen from the left-side navigation menu. \
  2. 2.
    In the OAuth consent screen window, select the User Type depending on how you want to configure and register your app. Click Create.\
  3. 3.
    In the OAuth consent screen tab of the Edit app registration window, enter the App information, App domain, Authorized domains, Developer contact information and click Save and Continue.
  4. 4.
    In the Scopes tab, select the scopes your project uses. Click Save and Continue.
  5. 5.
    [Optional] In the Test Users tab, add the test users that can access the application. Click Save and Continue.
  6. 6.
    In the Summary tab, verify the details provided. Click Back to Dashboard or Submit for verification.
  7. 7.
    Click on Credentials from the left-side navigation menu. Click on Create Credentials and select OAuth Client ID. \
  8. 8.
    Select Web Application from the Application type drop-down.
  9. 9.
    Enter the application Name, Authorized JavaScript origins, Authorized redirect URIs and click Create.\
A popup appears displaying the ClientId and ClientSecret. You will need these values later while configuring your solution.
The ClientId and ClientSecret can always be accessed from the Credentials tab in APIs & Services menu.

Integrating Google Auth in Visual Studio

Now that you have the Google API set up, open your existing solution in Visual Studio. If you don't know how to clone down a Cloud site, see the Working locally article.

Installing a Nuget Package

You can install and manage packages in Visual Studio either using the Package Manager Console (PowerShell) or the NuGet Package Manager.

Option 1: Package Manager Console (PowerShell)

The NuGet Package Manager Console lets you use NuGet PowerShell commands to find, install, uninstall, and update NuGet packages. You can use this option if you are comfortable using the Package Manager Console (PowerShell). The command listed below is specific to the Package Manager Console in Visual Studio:
  1. 1.
    Open your project/solution in Visual Studio.
  2. 2.
    Go to Tools -> NuGet Package Manager -> Package Manager Console. A package manager console appears at the bottom where you can install packages with commands. In this console, type the following:
    Install-Package Microsoft.AspNetCore.Authentication.Google -Version 5.0.0

Opton 2: NuGet Package Manager

The NuGet Package Manager UI in Visual Studio on Windows allows you to install, uninstall, and update NuGet packages in projects and solutions.
  1. 1.
    Go to Tools -> NuGet Package Manager -> Manage NuGet Packages for Solution.
  2. 2.
    In the Browse tab, type Microsoft.AspNetCore.Authentication.Google in the search field.
  3. 3.
    Select the version from the drop-down and click Install. \
For more information on installing and managing packages in Visual Studio, see the Microsoft Documentation.

Configuring the solution to allow Google logins

  1. 1.
    To enable a user to link their user account to an external login provider such as Google in the Umbraco Backoffice, you have to implement a custom named configuration BackOfficeExternalLoginProviderOptions for users.\
    You can create a GoogleBackOfficeExternalLoginProviderOptions.cs file in a location of your choice. For tutorial purposes, I have created the file in App_Code/Google_Authentication folder.
    Add the following code in the GoogleBackOfficeExternalLoginProviderOptions.cs file.
    using Microsoft.Extensions.Options;
    using Umbraco.Cms.Core;
    using Umbraco.Cms.Web.BackOffice.Security;
    namespace MyCustomUmbracoProject.App_Code.Google_Authentication
    public class GoogleBackOfficeExternalLoginProviderOptions : IConfigureNamedOptions<BackOfficeExternalLoginProviderOptions>
    public const string SchemeName = "OpenIdConnect";
    public void Configure(string name, BackOfficeExternalLoginProviderOptions options)
    if (name != "Umbraco." + SchemeName)
    public void Configure(BackOfficeExternalLoginProviderOptions options)
    options.ButtonStyle = "btn-danger";
    options.Icon = "fa fa-cloud";
    options.AutoLinkOptions = new ExternalSignInAutoLinkOptions(
    // must be true for auto-linking to be enabled
    autoLinkExternalAccount: true,
    // Optionally specify default user group, else
    // assign in the OnAutoLinking callback
    // (default is editor)
    defaultUserGroups: new[] { Constants.Security.EditorGroupAlias },
    // Optionally specify the default culture to create
    // the user as. If null it will use the default
    // culture defined in the web.config, or it can
    // be dynamically assigned in the OnAutoLinking
    // callback.
    defaultCulture: null,
    // Optionally you can disable the ability to link/unlink
    // manually from within the back office. Set this to false
    // if you don't want the user to unlink from this external
    // provider.
    allowManualLinking: false
    // Optional callback
    OnAutoLinking = (autoLinkUser, loginInfo) =>
    // You can customize the user before it's linked.
    // i.e. Modify the user's groups based on the Claims returned
    // in the externalLogin info
    OnExternalLogin = (user, loginInfo) =>
    // You can customize the user before it's saved whenever they have
    // logged in with the external provider.
    // i.e. Sync the user's name based on the Claims returned
    // in the externalLogin info
    return true; //returns a boolean indicating if sign-in should continue or not.
    // Optionally you can disable the ability for users
    // to login with a username/password. If this is set
    // to true, it will disable username/password login
    // even if there are other external login providers installed.
    options.DenyLocalLogin = false;
    // Optionally choose to automatically redirect to the
    // external login provider so the user doesn't have
    // to click the login button. This is
    options.AutoRedirectLoginToExternalProvider = false;
  2. 2.
    Create a new static extension class called GoogleAuthenticationExtensions.cs. Add the following code in the GoogleAuthenticationExtensions.cs file.
    using Umbraco.Cms.Core.DependencyInjection;
    using Umbraco.Extensions;
    using Microsoft.Extensions.DependencyInjection;
    namespace MyCustomUmbracoProject.App_Code.Google_Authentication
    public static class GoogleAuthenticationExtensions
    public static IUmbracoBuilder AddGoogleAuthentication(this IUmbracoBuilder builder)
    builder.AddBackOfficeExternalLogins(logins =>
    backOfficeAuthenticationBuilder =>
    // The scheme must be set with this method to work for the back office
    options =>
    // By default this is '/signin-google' but it needs to be changed to this
    options.CallbackPath = "/umbraco-google-signin";
    options.ClientId = "YOURCLIENTID"; // Replace with your client id generated while creating OAuth client ID
    options.ClientSecret = "YOURCLIENTSECRET"; // Replace with your client secret generated while creating OAuth client ID
    return builder;
    • Ensure to replace YOURCLIENTID and YOURCLIENTSECRET in the code with the values from the OAuth Client Ids Credentials window.
  3. 3.
    Update ConfigureServices in your Startup.cs class to register your configuration with Umbraco. For example:
    using MyCustomUmbracoProject.App_Code.Google_Authentication;
    public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
    services.AddUmbraco(_env, _config)
  4. 4.
    Build and run the website. The first time you will have to link the provider to your account from the Backoffice.
  5. 5.
    Log in to the Backoffice. Click on your user profile in the top-right corner and select Link your Google account:\
  6. 6.
    In the Choose an account window, select the account you wish to link with the google console project.
  7. 7.
    For future Backoffice logins, you can click on the Sign in with Google button and you will be logged in to the Backoffice.