How to Create Google Login using Google Auth API with React.js

How to Create Google Login using Google Auth API with React.js

Simple Steps to Add Google Sign-in with Google Auth API


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Before signing up or logging into any account can feel like a thorn in the flesh. There are so many details to input, and sometimes these registration processes can be time-consuming or lead to frustration. But have you ever wondered why this is the case?

To make things easier for users, Google introduced an Auth API to help streamline these lengthy registration processes to be as simple as clicking a button on any application, allowing you to get started right away.

Brief overview of Google Auth API

What is the Google Auth API? The Google Auth API is a service offered by Google to simplify the registration and login procedures on applications. It enables users to verify their identity by using their Google account details. If you have a Google account(Gmail), the login information you used to make your Gmail account will automatically apply when signing up for any app.

It is important to note that any app you sign up for by using your Google account automatically has access to your credentials(details).

In this article, you will learn how to create a Google login with Google Auth API.


  1. knowledge in React.js hooks such useState

  2. A text editor and browser

  3. Install React using either Create React app or Vite

  4. Know how to use CSS frameworks

The writer will be using Vite And Tailwind CSS

Required Packages

  1. React OAuth2 | Google

  2. Axios

  3. Tailwindcss or Bootstrap

  4. React icons

Setting up Google Auth API

Creating a project in the Google Cloud Console

  1. Navigate to Google Cloud Console and Sign up using

  2. Click on APIs & Services under Quick Access

  3. Click on NEW PROJECT to create a new project

    1. give it any name of your choice and click on CREATE

  4. After creating your new project, open the project and click on OAuth consent screen on the left-hand side of the page as seen below๐Ÿ‘‡

    Click on External and Create as seen in the picture above ๐Ÿ‘†

  5. Add your App information

    a. Add your app name and User support Email, you can use your email or your company email.

    b. You can add your App logo and App domain including links to privacy policy and term of use if any or ignore it

    c. add your developer's contact information and Click on Save and Continue

  6. Ignore the Scope and Click on Save and Continue

  7. Ignore Test Users and click on Save and Continue

Generating OAuth client ID and client secret

After creating your OAuth consent screen, you can now proceed to generate app credentials through these steps.

Note: Without filling in the details on the OAuth Consent screen, you will not be able to generate credentials for your app.

  1. Click on Credentials on the left side of your dashboard and click on + CREATE CREDENTIALS

  2. After clicking on + Create Credentials, you are going to see a popup, select OAuth client ID

  3. Select any application type of your choice and add

  4. Next, click on ADD URL under Authorized Javascript Origins to add your local server port and custom URL

    Do the same for Authorized redirect URLs

  5. Click on Save and you will see a pop-up that displays your client ID and client secretCongratulationson you've successfully generated your Client ID and Client Secret ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰

Setting up a new project in React.js

Creating a new project structure

After installing React, clear out the written code App.jsx/js to have an empty file like this: ๐Ÿ‘‡

import { useState } from 'react'

import './App.css'

function App() {

  return (


export default App

This is where other components will be displayed. In part two of this lesson, the routing will happen here.

Installing necessary dependencies

Install all the required packages in your project. using the following command line

  1. Axios : npm i axios

  2. React Icons: npm i react-icons

  3. React Oauth Google : npm i @react-oauth/google

To verify its installation, inspect the package.json file to confirm if you have something like this ๐Ÿ‘‡

Implementing Google login in React.js

Creating an ENV file

  1. Create an .env file in your project

  2. Copy your Client ID from the cloud console under Credential

  3. Store the ID to the variable

      //FOR vite user
     //for create-react-app user

Wrapping App with Google OAuth Provider

  1. Inside your Main.jsx or Index.js file, Imports the GoogleOAuthProvider component from the @react-oauth/google library, which helps integrate Google OAuth functionality into your application.

     import { GoogleOAuthProvider } from '@react-oauth/google'
  2. wrap your app with the Google OAuth Provider

     <GoogleOAuthProvider clientId={import.meta.env.VITE_CLIENT_ID}>
       {/* Components using Google OAuth */}
       <App />
    • <GoogleOAuthProvider clientId={import.meta.env.VITE_CLIENT_ID}>: This line wraps the main application component (<App />) with the GoogleOAuthProvider component from @react-oauth/google.

    • clientId={import.meta.env.VITE_CLIENT_ID}: This prop provides the Google Client ID for your application stored in .env file. However, directly including it here is not recommended due to security concerns.

Creating a Google login button component

  1. Created a new file and named it Login.jsx under the src folder

  1. Import the following packages to the Login.jsx

     import axios from "axios";
     import { useGoogleLogin } from "@react-oauth/google";
     import { FcGoogle } from "react-icons/fc";

    import axios from "axios" : This line imports the axios library, a popular tool for making HTTP requests in JavaScript applications. It allows you to fetch data from APIs or servers.

    import { useGoogleLogin } from "@react-oauth/google": This line imports the useGoogleLogin hook from the @react-oauth/google library. This library simplifies integrating Google Sign-In functionality into your React application. The useGoogleLogin hook provides a way to trigger Google Sign-In and handle the user's response.

    import { FcGoogle } from "react-icons/fc" : This line imports the FcGoogle component from the react-icons/fc library. This library provides access to a collection of icons (including Google) that can be easily integrated into your React components. The FcGoogle component specifically renders the Google icon.

  2. Create a Functional component

     const Login = () => {
       // ... component logic

    This line declares a functional React component named Login. Functional components are a way to create reusable UI elements in React by defining a function that returns JSX (JavaScript XML) describing the UI structure.

  3. Integrate Google login inside the Login function

     const login = useGoogleLogin({
       onSuccess: async (response) => {
         try {
           const res = await axios.get(
               headers: { Authorization: `Bearer ${response.access_token}` },
         } catch (err) {
    • This section uses the useGoogleLogin hook from the @react-oauth/google library.

    • It defines a function named login that will be triggered by a button click

    • Inside the login function:

      • The onSuccess the callback function is defined. This function will be executed if the Google Sign-In process is successful.

      • Within the onSuccess callback:

        • axios.get is used to make a GET request to the Google endpoint "". This endpoint provides information about the logged-in user.

        • The request includes an Authorization header with the user's access token retrieved from the response object provided by useGoogleLogin.

        • The response data (user information) is stored in the res variable using await since the request is asynchronous.

        • The console.log( line (for demonstration purposes) logs the user data to the console.

          (This will be replaced with logic to utilize the user information in your application (storing it in state)in part two of this tutorial)

      • An error-handling mechanism is implemented using a try...catch block. If any errors occur during the process, they are caught and logged into the console using console.log(err).

  4. Button with Google Icon

     return (
       <div className="flex justify-center items-center my-[300px]">
         <button onClick={login} className="flex bg-black rounded-xl">
           <FcGoogle style={{ fontSize: "30px", marginRight: "10px" }} />
           Login with Google

    This section defines the JSX returned by the Login component.

    • A div element is used as the container. It uses TailwindCSS classes for layout and styling (flex justify-center items-center my-[300px]).

    • Inside, a button element is created.

      • The onClick handler of the button is set to the login function, triggering the Google Sign-In process when clicked.

      • The button styles are defined using a TailwindCSS class (flex bg-black rounded-xl).

      • The FcGoogle component from react-icons/fc is used to render the Google icon. Inline styles are applied to adjust the icon size and spacing (fontSize: "30px", marginRight: "10px").

      • The button text "Login with Google" is displayed.

  5. Exporting the Component:

     export default Login;
  6. Import the Login component in your App. jsx file to render the component on the screen.

     import Login from './Login'
     function App() {
       return (
          <Login />
     export default App


  1. open your terminal and run the following command

    npm run dev

  2. Click on the Localhost to open the local server

  3. click on the button, sign in by adding your Google account and accept the condition

    1. After accepting the condition, go to your browser console to see your Google account details

      Remember we log the user data in the console using console.log(


In conclusion, we have successfully implemented Google login using the Google Auth API in React.js. In the upcoming part two of this tutorial, we will utilize the user details obtained during the login process to create a dashboard for the user.

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