Integrating With the Gitlab API Using EveryAuth

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Recently Fusebit announced EveryAuth project that allows you to integrate with multiple services via OAuth easily. Learn how to use EveryAuth with GitLab API using the @gitbeaker/node package.

You have an existing Express.js application that needs to integrate with GitLab API to display the following information:

  • User profile information
  • User starred repositories

The application will display the authorizing user’s GitLab profile that looks like the following:

Using Gitlab API with EveryAuth with-shadow

Configuring EveryAuth

This blog post assumes you already have EveryAuth configured in your development environment. In case you don’t, follow the configuration steps from the EveryAuth GitHub Repository.

A basic Express application will look like the following:

const express = require('express');

const app = express();
const port = 3000;

app.listen(port, () => {
console.log(`Example app listening on port ${port}`);

Let’s add support to EveryAuth and configure the Gitlab service so we can interact with their API.

Install dependencies

For interacting with Gitlab API from Node.js we will use the popular Node.js SDK for GitLab @gitbeaker/node

npm i @gitbeaker/node

Install the @fusebit/everyauth-express package

npm i @fusebit/everyauth-express

Install the uuid package. Used to generate a unique identifier for the userId.

npm i uuid

Install the cookie-session package to allow your application to establish a session (an HTTP-Only cookie) to store the authorizing user id.

npm i cookie-session

Add Routes

There are two critical routes we need to add to our application:

  • Authorize route
  • Finished route

Let’s understand the role of each route:

Authorize route

EveryAuth middleware enables your application to perform an authorization flow for a particular service. EveryAuth provides an out-of-the-box shared GitLab OAuth Client so that you can get up and running quickly.

EveryAuth simplifies a lot the authorization flow:

(req, res, next) => {
if (!req.params.userId) {
return res.redirect('/');
return next();
everyauth.authorize('gitlab’, {
// The endpoint of your app where control will be returned afterwards
finishedUrl: '/finished',
// The user ID of the authenticated user the credentials will be associated with
mapToUserId: (req) => req.params.userId,

You can define any name you want for the authorization route. In our previous example, it’s called authorize, but it’s up to you, and your application needs to use a different name/path.

Finished route

After the authorization flow finishes, control is returned to your application by redirecting the user to the configured finishedUrl in the authorize route. The redirection includes query parameters that your application can use to know the operation status. You can use any path for the route. Just ensure it matches what you have configured in the finishedUrl property. In this route, you can now interact with the Gitlab API by leveraging the EveryAuth service to get a fresh access token.

We will get the authorizing GitLab user information and starred repositories using the REST API.

app.get('/finished', handleSession, async (req, res) => {
const userCredentials = await everyauth.getIdentity('gitlab', req.session.userId);
const gitlabClient = new Gitlab({ oauthToken: userCredentials.accessToken });
const user = await gitlabClient.Users.current();

// Get the last top 10 user starred repositories from GitLab.
const projects = await gitlabClient.Projects.all({ maxPages: 1, perPage: 10, starred: true });
. . . render the data

Display GitLab user information

Now, we need to display the data. We will use a simple template engine called pug, which allows us to quickly render an HTML page with the data returned from GitHub.

Install the dependency and set it as the default view engine:

npm i pug
app.set('view engine', 'pug');

Define the pug template by creating a views folder and the name of the view. In our case, it’s called index.pug. Add the following code:

include ./style.css
img.pic(src=avatar_url alt='GitHub Avatar')
a(href=web_url) @#{username}
unless !followers
i(class='fa-solid fa-users')
span #{followers} followers
span(class='separator') -
span #{following} following
unless !job_title
i(class='fa-solid fa-building')
span=`${job_title} at ${organization}`
unless !location
i(class='fa fa-bounce fa-location-dot')
span #{location}
unless !local_time
i(class='fa-solid fa-beat fa-clock')
unless !twitter
i(class='fa-brands fa-twitter')
a(href=`${twitter}` target='_blank') #{twitter}
unless !skype
i(class='fa-brands fa-skype')
unless !linkedin
i(class='fa-brands fa-linkedin')
a(href=`${linkedin}` target='_blank') #{linkedin}
h2 Your Starred repositories (#{projects.length})
unless !projects.length
a(href='' target='_blank')
i(class='fa-solid fa-bounce fa-star')
span= 'Star more projects!'
unless projects.length
a(href='' target='_blank') 0 Starred repositories, explore projects here
each val in projects
img.project-avatar(src=val.avatar_url alt=`${}`)
a(href=val.web_url title=val.description target="_blank")
i(class='fa-solid fa-globe')
i(class='fa-solid fa-star')
i(class='fa-solid fa-code-fork')

Render the data:

res.render('index', {
title: `GitLab Profile for ${user.username}`,

Run your application (assuming your code is defined in index.js file)

node .

Navigate to http://localhost:3000

Check out the complete code in GitHub

To Wrap up

Congratulations! You’ve learned that interacting with Gitlab API is easy with EveryAuth!

Let us know what you think, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or comments. You can also reach out to me directly through our community Slack and on Twitter.

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