Java Spring Boot Tutorial

This tutorial demonstrates how to add user login, logout, and profile to a Java Spring Boot application.

This tutorial shows how to use PlusAuth with Spring Boot and Spring Security. If you do not have a PlusAuth account, register from here.

This tutorial follows plusauth-spring-starter sample project on Github. You can download and follow the tutorial via the sample project.

Create PlusAuth Client

After you sign up or log in to PlusAuth, you need to create a client to get the necessary configuration keys in the dashboard. Go to Clients and create a client with the type of Regular Web Application

Configure Client

Get Client Properties

You will need your Client Id and Client Secret for interacting with PlusAuth. You can retrieve them from the created client's details.

Configure Redirect and Logout URIs

When PlusAuth authenticates a user, it needs a URI to redirect back. That URI must be in your client's Redirect URI list. If your application uses a redirect URI that is not white-listed in your PlusAuth Client, you will receive an error.

The same thing applies to the logout URIs. After the user logs out, you need a URI to be redirected.

If you are following the sample project, the Redirect URL you need to add to the Redirect URIs field is http://localhost:8080/login/oauth2/code/plusauth and the Logout URL you need to add to the Post Logout Redirect URIs field is http://localhost:8080/.

Configure Spring Boot to use PlusAuth

Create a Spring Boot application or download the sample project from the link on the top of the page. The sample project uses thymeleaf for the view layer.

Add Dependencies

  • If using Gradle
implementation 'org.springframework.boot:spring-boot-starter-web'
implementation 'org.springframework.boot:spring-boot-starter-oauth2-client'
implementation 'org.springframework.boot:spring-boot-starter-thymeleaf'
implementation 'org.springframework.boot:spring-boot-devtools'
  • If using Maven
spring-boot-starter-oauth2-client provides all Spring Security dependencies to add authentication

Configure Spring Security

The sample uses application.yml file to add Oauth2 client secrets and issuer. Other configuration mechanisms like are also supported.

            client-id: {YOUR-CLIENT-ID}
            client-secret: {YOUR-CLIENT-SECRET}
              - openid
              - email
              - profile
            issuer-uri: https://{YOUR-TENANT-NAME}
Change client-id and client-secret fields with your client's data which you created earlier. Spring Security fetches all the information from issuer-uri. Put your tenant name to Issuer Uri like

Implement login, user profile, and logout

To enable authentication with PlusAuth, add Security Config Adapter by extending WebSecurityConfigurerAdapter provided by Spring Security.

Add OIDCSecurityConfig Adapter

In the configure, add authentication to your app using oauth2Login method. Add authentication all the routes except / route that is the index path. After successful login, Spring Boot creates a new session that has authenticated user info.

WebSecurityConfigurerAdapter also provides a way to log out from a session using logoutSuccessHandler method. When the user logout, the application redirects to the PlusAuth logout endpoint and redirect back to Post Logout Redirect Uri.

// com/plusauth/starter/config/

public class OIDCSecurityConfig extends WebSecurityConfigurerAdapter {

    private ClientRegistrationRepository clientRegistrationRepository;

    protected void configure(HttpSecurity http) throws Exception {
            // allow anonymous access to the root page
            // RP-initiated logout
            // enable OAuth2/OIDC

     private LogoutSuccessHandler oidcLogoutSuccessHandler() {
        OidcClientInitiatedLogoutSuccessHandler oidcLogoutSuccessHandler = new OidcClientInitiatedLogoutSuccessHandler(this.clientRegistrationRepository);
        // Sets the location that the End-User's User Agent will be redirected to
        // after the logout has been performed at the Provider
        oidcLogoutSuccessHandler.setPostLogoutRedirectUri("http://localhost:8080/"); // Application URL
        return oidcLogoutSuccessHandler;

Add the Controller

Add a Controller to your application to serve HTML. In the controller, add authenticated user's profile information to the model.

// com/plusauth/starter/web/home/

public class MainController {

    @RequestMapping(value = "/", method = RequestMethod.GET)
    public String getIndex(Model model, @AuthenticationPrincipal OidcUser principal) {
        if (principal != null) { // If user logged in
            model.addAttribute("user", principal.getUserInfo());
        // serve index.html
        return "index";

    @RequestMapping(value = "/profile", method = RequestMethod.GET)
    public String getProfile(Model model, @AuthenticationPrincipal OidcUser principal) {
        OidcUserInfo user = principal.getUserInfo();

        ObjectMapper mapper = new ObjectMapper();
        JsonNode userJson = mapper.convertValue(user, JsonNode.class);

        model.addAttribute("user", user);
        model.addAttribute("userPrettified", userJson.toPrettyString());
        // serve profile.html
        return "profile";

Create HTML Pages


Create header.html under main/resources/templates/fragments folder.

<!-- main/resources/templates/fragments/header.html -->

<html lang="en" xmlns:th="">
  <head th:fragment="header">
      <meta charset="utf-8"/>
      <meta content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1, shrink-to-fit=no" name="viewport" />
      <title>Plusauth Starter Template</title>
      <link crossorigin="anonymous" href=""
              integrity="sha384-9aIt2nRpC12Uk9gS9baDl411NQApFmC26EwAOH8WgZl5MYYxFfc+NcPb1dKGj7Sk" rel="stylesheet" />

Create navbar.html under main/resources/templates/fragments folder.

<!-- main/resources/templates/fragments/navbar.html -->

<html xmlns:th="">
  <div class="nav-container" th:fragment="navbar">
      <nav class="navbar navbar-expand-md navbar-dark bg-dark fixed-top">
          <a class="navbar-brand" href="/">Plusauth Starter</a>
          <div class="collapse navbar-collapse" id="navbarsExampleDefault">
              <ul class="navbar-nav mr-auto"></ul>
              <th:block th:if="${user} != null">
              <li class="nav-item navbar-nav">
                  <a class="nav-link" href="/profile">
                      Logged in as: <span th:text="${}"></span>
                  <li class="nav-item navbar-nav">
                  <form action="/logout" method="post">
                      <button type="submit" class="btn btn-text nav-link" role="button">
              <li th:if="${user} == null" class="nav-item navbar-nav">
                  <a class="nav-link" href="/oauth2/authorization/plusauth">


Create index.html under main/resources/templates folder.

<!-- main/resources/templates/index.html -->

<html xmlns:th="">
  <head th:replace="fragments/header :: header"></head>
    <div th:replace="fragments/navbar :: navbar"></div>
    <div class="jumbotron">
        <div class="container">
            <h1 class="display-3">Hello, world!</h1>
                This is a template for a simple login/register system. It includes a
                simple OpenID Connect Implicit Flow. To view Profile page please login.
                <a th:if="${user} != null" class="btn btn-success btn-lg" href="/profile" role="button">
                  View Profile &raquo;
                <a th:if="${user} == null" class="btn btn-primary btn-lg" href="/oauth2/authorization/plusauth" role="button">
                  Login/Register &raquo;
If a user is unauthenticated, then the Login button will be shown, else the View Profile button is.
Login button redirects to /oauth2/authorization/plusauth endpoint which is provided by Spring Security. It will redirect to the PlusAuth login page. After successful login, PlusAuth redirects back to the same endpoint to create and store the session.

User Profile

Create profile.html under main/resources/templates folder.

<!-- main/resources/templates/profile.html -->

<html xmlns:th="">
  <head th:replace="fragments/header :: header"></head>
    <div th:replace="fragments/navbar :: navbar"></div>
    <div class="container">
        <h3>Welcome <span th:text="${}"></span></h3>
        <h4>User object:</h4>
        <pre th:text="${userPrettified}"></pre>

See it in action

That's it. Start your app and point your browser to http://localhost:8080. Follow the Log In link to log in or sign up to your PlusAuth tenant. Upon successful login or signup, you should be redirected back to the application.