oAuth is the industry standard today for authenticating users or 3rd party apps to reach their data via APIs.

However, specially for anyone that didn’t ever deal with it, it is not the most developer friendly mechanism to deal with.

foauth, a free and open source service, removes the need of oAuth usage for ~40 popular web services and converts that auth process to HTML Basic authentication.

foauth

It already has the oAuth integrations with the services (like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Dropbox, GitHub, etc.) and developers can simply use foauth as an authentication proxy.

Once any number of services are authenticated through the service, it simply adds a https://foauth.org/ in front of any official API call (like https://foauth.org/api.twitter.com/1/statuses/update.json).

In means of security, bear in mind that any requests made are sent through foauth.org. If this sounds unsafe, self-hosting it is the option (built with Python).

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