FeatureHub comes with a built in identity system, which stores passwords in a securely salted fashion. It is fine to use if you don’t wish to federate your identity, and works well in small organisations. You do not need to configure anything to use the built in identity system, it is there by default.

However you may wish to federate your identity. FeatureHub lets you support both the internal system, or an external identity system (or several) as well as providing you the ability to turn off your internal system completely. You can migrate from one to the other as it will simply match email addresses. e.g. If you configure a user in the system using the identity foo@bar.com and then federate bar.com to an OAuth provider, the user will remain the same in the system, you do not need to recreate or delete the user.

Further, you can configure the system to disallow attempts at logging in to your FeatureHub instances if their user hasn’t already been created. This allows you to expose FeatureHub to your organisation’s IDP, but not let everyone from that IDP in.

Generalised Config

  • auth.disable-login - by default, disable-login for local is turned off (false). If you only want people to sign in via your IDP, turn this true

  • auth.userMustBeCreatedFirst - the user must exist in the database before they are allowed to login using an external auth provider. The default is false.


FeatureHub currently supports OAuth2 as a protocol, and currently only one provider (Google). It is built in such a way that you can easily support others.

Generalised OAuth Config

oauth2.providers=[comma seperated list of providers]
  • oauth2.redirectUrl - In this case, this needs to be registered with Google. The actual url will depend on where you have installed it, and it only has to be visible to browsers in your organisation.

  • adminUiUrlSuccess and adminUiUrlFailure - are links back to your running FeatureHub system and indicate where to go. FeatureHub will set a cookie with the necessary information to authenticate the user on success.

Google Config

Basic details on setting up your credentials is located in Google’s help documentation. It needs to be allowed access to the profile (name) and email scopes.

For FeatureHub, your properties file needs to add a few configuration items:


FeatureHub knows all of the URLs necessary to ask Google for the negotiation phase.