Setting up PlayFab authentication using Google and HTML5

This tutorial guides you through the process of PlayFab authentication using Google and HTML5/JavaScript.


You will need:

Server and domain

This guide requires a server with a valid domain to follow. If you do not have a registered domain and remote web server yet, please follow our Running an HTTP server for testing tutorial for information on how to set one to run a local web server with a valid domain name.

Throughout this guide, we will assume your domain is [http://playfab.example](http://playfab.example).

Registering a Google API project

Start by navigating to the Google API Console:

  1. Navigate to Credentials and select it.
  2. In the Credentials panel to the right, select the Create button.

Google API Manager create new credentials

  1. Fill in the field under Project Name.
  2. Select the Create button.

Google API Manager new project


It is normal for API Manager to take 10-20 seconds to generate the project.

Google API Manager generating project

Once the Project is created:

  1. Navigate to the OAuth consent screen.
  2. Make sure the correct email is selected.
  3. Add a Name for your Application.
  4. Select the Save button.

Google API Manager OAuth consent screen

  1. Next, navigate to Credentials.
  2. Select Create credentials.
  3. Then select OAuth client ID.

Google API Manager open OAuth credentials

  1. Select Web Application as your Application type.
  2. Give your application a Name.
  3. Add your domain to Authorized JavaScript origins - [PlayFab](http://playfab.example) in our case.
  4. Finally, select the Create button to commit your changes.

Google API Manager create OAuth credentials

On the OAuth client screen shown below, the Google API Manager reveals two important pieces of information:

  1. The client ID
  2. The client secret.


Be sure to copy and save these values in a safe place that is easily accessible, as they will be used in the authorization process shown later in this tutorial.

Google API Manager OAuth client ID and secret

Go to the PlayFab Game Manager page for your title.

  1. Navigate to Add-ons in the menu.
  2. Locate and open the Google Add-on icon/link.

PlayFab Game Manager Add-on

  1. Fill in the Client ID.
  2. Fill in the Client secret.
  3. Then select the Install Google button.

PlayFab Game Manager Install Google Add-on


As of July 2017, Google API Manager has a bad habit of not hooking the Allowed JS origin domain properly. If you receive the following error:
"idpiframe_initialization_failed", details: "Not a valid origin for the client:"
Please remove the credentials and recreate them. There is no need to delete the entire project - just the credentials.

Testing using an access token

In this example, we show how to test using the classic access token approach. Use the HTML file provided below for your testing.


Please make sure to replace YOUR_CLIENT_ID and YOUR_PLAYFAB_TITLE with your own values.

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <!-- Special meta tag allows you to pass Google Client ID. Replace the content attribute value with your own Client Id -->
    <meta name="google-signin-client_id" content="YOUR_CLIENT_ID"><!-- // TODO: PUT YOUR GOOGLE CLIENT_ID HERE! -->
    <!-- Load Google platform SDK-->
    <script src="" async defer></script>
    <!-- Load PlayFab Client JavaScript SDK -->
    <script src=""></script>
    <p>Google Access Token Auth Example</p>
    <!-- Neat Google button gets styled automatically when Google platform SDK is loaded -->
    <div class="g-signin2" data-onsuccess="onSignIn"></div>
        // Invoked when user has signed in with Google
        function onSignIn() {
            // Retrieve access token
            var accessToken = gapi.auth2.getAuthInstance().currentUser.get().getAuthResponse(true).access_token;

            // Execute LoginWithGoogleAccount API call using the access token. Please replace TitleID with your own.
            logLine("Attempting PlayFab Sign-in");
                ServerAuthCode: accessToken,
                CreateAccount : true,
            }, onPlayFabResponse);

        // Handles response from playfab.
        function onPlayFabResponse(response, error) {
            if (response)
                logLine("Response: " + JSON.stringify(response));
            if (error)
                logLine("Error: " + JSON.stringify(error));

        function logLine(message) {
            var textnode = document.createTextNode(message);
            var br = document.createElement("br");

Remember to open this page using your web server, and make sure to access this page using the URL you specified, while configuring Google Project, ([PlayFab](http://playfab.example) in our case).

  1. Once the page opens, select G Signed In, and follow the general Google authentication flow.
  2. When this is finished, the script will try to authenticate on the PlayFab side and output the result.

Google Auth Example


If you already have a Google authentication session running, you will not have to select G Signed In. Everything will happen automatically.