OAuth2 flow customization options

Dex provides a range of configurable options that empower you to fine-tune and personalize various aspects of the authentication and user flow.

Flow Customization

Customize OAuth2 settings to align with your authentication requirements.

  responseTypes: [ "code" ]
  skipApprovalScreen: true
  alwaysShowLoginScreen: false

Authentication flow

  • responseTypes - allows you to configure the desired auth flow (Authorization Code Flow, Implicit Flow, or Hybrid Flow) based on different values. See the table below for valid configuration options.
responseTypes valueflow
codeAuthorization Code Flow
id_tokenImplicit Flow
id_token tokenImplicit Flow
code id_tokenHybrid Flow
code tokenHybrid Flow
code id_token tokenHybrid Flow
Examples of the different flows and their behavior can be found in the official openid spec.

User flow

Customizing the user flow allows you to influence how users login into your application.

  • skipApprovalScreen - controls the need for user approval before sharing data with connected applications. If enabled, users must approve data sharing with every auth flow.
  • alwaysShowLoginScreen - whether to always display the login screen. If only one authentication method is enabled, the default behavior is to go directly to it. For connected IdPs, this redirects the browser away from the application to upstream provider, such as the Google login page.

Password grants

Password grants involve clients directly sending a user’s credentials (username and password) to the authorization server (dex), acquiring access tokens without the need for an intermediate authorization step.

  passwordConnector: local
  • passwordConnector - specifies the connector’s id that is used for password grants

WARNING: The password grant type is not recommended for use by the OAuth 2.0 Security Best Current Practice because of serious security concerns. Please see oauth.net for additional information.