The configuration of the @PLUGIN@ plugin is done in the gerrit.config file. auth.type must be set to OAUTH:

  type = OAUTH

Google and GitHub specific providers are configured under @PLUGIN@ section, appended with provider suffix: -google-oauth and -github-oauth:

  [plugin "@PLUGIN@-google-oauth"]
    client-id = "<client-id>"
    client-secret = "<client-secret>"
    link-to-existing-openid-accounts = true

  [plugin "@PLUGIN@-github-oauth"]
    client-id = "<client-id>"
    client-secret = "<client-secret>"

When one from the sections above is omitted, OAuth SSO is used. The login form with provider selection isn’t shown. When both sections are omitted, Gerrit will not start.

Google OAuth provider seamlessly supports linking of OAuth identity to existing OpenID accounts. This feature is deactivated by default. To activate it, add = true

to Google OAuth configuration section.

It is possile to restrict sign-in to accounts of one (hosted) domain for Google OAuth. The domain option can be added:

plugin.gerrit-oauth-provider-google-oauth.domain = ""

(See the spec)[] for more information. To protect against client-side request modification, the returned ID token is checked to contain a matching hd claim (which is proof the account does belong to the hosted domain). If the hd claim wasn‘t included in ID token or didn’t match the provided domain configuration option the authentication is rejected. Note: Because of current limitation of the OAuth extension point in gerrit (blame /me for that) the user would only see “Unauthorized” message.

Obtaining provider authorizations


To obtain client-id and client-secret for Google OAuth, go to Google Developers Console:

  • Create a project

    Create a porject

  • Go inside the created project

  • In “APIs & auth”/“Credentials” select “Create new Client ID” and create Client ID for a Web application

    Create Client ID for a Web application

  • Enter additional information about the project, which will be presented to user during the authentication process

    Enter additional information

  • Specify authorized redirect URL: <canonical-web-uri-of-gerrit>/oauth

    Specify authorized redirect URI

After the final step, the page will show generated client id and secret.

Generated id and secret


To obtain client-id and client-secret for GitHub OAuth, go to Applications settings in your GitHub account:

  • Select “Register new application” and enter information about the application.

    Note that it is important that authorization callback URL points to <canonical-web-uri-of-gerrit>/oauth.

    Register new application on GitHub

After application is registered, the page will show generated client id and secret.