Spring Authorization Server Tutorial

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create and configure the new Spring OAuth Authroization Server.

Video Demonstration

To demonstrate how to configure and use the new Spring Authorization Server, I have created a series of step-by-step video lessons. You can access these video lessons by enrolling into my video course called “OAuth 2.0 in Spring Boot applications“.

1. Spring Authorization Server Dependencies

The Spring Authorization Server project that I will create in this tutorial, will be a maven-based Spring Boot project. So the very first step for you will be to create a very basic maven-based Spring Boot project.

Once you have created a new project, open the pom.xml file and add the following dependencies.




2. Authroization Server Basic Configuration

Now, that you have added the necessary maven dependencies, we can do some basic server configuration.

2.1 Server port

Open application.properties file and configure authorization server port number. You can choose any available port number but for this demonstration I will make my authorization server run on port number 8000.


2.2. Register OAuth Client

Now that we have configured server port, we will configure OAuth Client credentials. These credentials will be used by a client application when it authenticates with Authorization server.

public class AuthorizationServerConfiguration {

    public RegisteredClientRepository registeredClientRepository() {
        RegisteredClient registeredClient = RegisteredClient.withId(UUID.randomUUID().toString())
        return new InMemoryRegisteredClientRepository(registeredClient);

Notice that the method above returns an object of InMemoryRegisteredClientRepository. There is another implementation that supports JDBC. It is called JDBCRegiteredClientRepository and it supports the save() method so that client details can be persisted. But for this demonstration, I will go with InMemoryRegisteredClientRepository.

  • ClientId and ClientSecret are credentials that OAuth Client application will use to authenticate with server. There are two types of OAuth Clients: Public and Confidential. By providing a value for ClientSecret, we make this OAuth client a confidential client. If OAuth Client application is a Javascript application, then no need to configure the Client Secret value. Use PKCE instead.
  • Client Authentication Method – is set to ClientAuthenticationMethod.CLIENT_SECRET_BASIC. There are different values of Client Authentication methods. The CLIENT_SECRET_BASIC is regular basic authentication using ClientID and Client Secret. When we use this type of authentication, the ClientID and Client Secret will be included in HTTP request. The Client Secret and ClientID are concatenated into a single string, which is then base64 encoded. If the ClientId and the Client Secret values are submited in the body of HTTP Post request, then use CLIENT_SECRET_POST as client authentication method.
  • Authorization Grant Type is set to AuthorizationGrantType.AUTHORIZATION_CODE. This is because for this demonstration I use the Authorization Code grant type. You can enable more than one authorization flows. For example, in the above configuration, I also enable the AuthorizationGrantType.REFRESH_TOKEN.Apparently, not all authorization grant types will be supported by new Spring Authorization Server. On the official Spring Authorization project page, it is mentioned that Spring team is focused on delivering Authorization Server that supports newer, Oauth 2.1 version. The Oauth 2.1 version supports less authorization grant types than Oauth version 2.0. For example, the Password grant and the Implicit grant are omitted in Oauth version 2.1. So the implementation for these grant types might not be fully supported.
  • redirectUri – The two redirect URIs that I configure above participate in the redirect-base authorization flow. Once user successfully authenticates with authorization server, the authorization code will be attached to The 8080 is a port number on which the OAuth Client application is running.If your client application is Spring Boot Web application, then the port number 8080 is a port number on which your Client application is running. The users-client-oidc is a name of the client. We will configure it a bit later when working with web client application.
  • scope – You can add more that one scope if needed. The list of other scopes will depend on the functionality of your application. For example, read, write, or profile scope.

2.3. OAuth Server Related Beans

Add the followng @Beans to the same AuthorizationServerConfiguration class.

2.3.1 To configure default security

public SecurityFilterChain authorizationServerSecurityFilterChain(HttpSecurity http) throws Exception {

    return http.formLogin(Customizer.withDefaults()).build();

2.3.2 Issuer URL

public ProviderSettings providerSettings() {
    return ProviderSettings.builder()

Notice the method that returns the ProviderSettings object. This method configures the issuer URL, that the Provider uses as its Issuer Identifier. The Issuer URL uses a custom domain auth-server. At the time of working on this tutorial, if you run your authorization server on localhost, and use localhost as issuer URL, then it will not work. To make it work add the following alias to /etc/hosts file on your computer.       auth-server

2.3.3 Methods for signing the token

public JwtDecoder jwtDecoder(JWKSource<SecurityContext> jwkSource) {
    return OAuth2AuthorizationServerConfiguration.jwtDecoder(jwkSource);

public JWKSource<SecurityContext> jwkSource() throws NoSuchAlgorithmException {
    RSAKey rsaKey = generateRsa();
    JWKSet jwkSet = new JWKSet(rsaKey);

    return (jwkSelector, securityContext) -> jwkSelector.select(jwkSet);

private static RSAKey generateRsa() throws NoSuchAlgorithmException {
    KeyPair keyPair = generateRsaKey();
    RSAPublicKey publicKey = (RSAPublicKey) keyPair.getPublic();
    RSAPrivateKey privateKey = (RSAPrivateKey) keyPair.getPrivate();

    return new RSAKey.Builder(publicKey)

private static KeyPair generateRsaKey() throws NoSuchAlgorithmException {
    KeyPairGenerator keyPairGenerator = KeyPairGenerator.getInstance("RSA");

    return keyPairGenerator.generateKeyPair();

2.4 Spring Security-related Configuration

Now, that we have configured OAuth-related beans, lets add Spring Security configuration.

Create a new class called SpringSecurityConfiguration and add the following two methods.

public class SpringSecurityConfiguration {

    SecurityFilterChain configureSecurityFilterChain(HttpSecurity http) throws Exception {
        .authorizeHttpRequests(authorizeRequests -> authorizeRequests.anyRequest().authenticated())
        return http.build();

    public UserDetailsService users() {
        PasswordEncoder encoder = PasswordEncoderFactories.createDelegatingPasswordEncoder();
        UserDetails user = User.withUsername("sergey")
        return new InMemoryUserDetailsManager(user);

3.0. Getting JWT Access Token

We are now ready to running our authorization server and try to acquire an access token. The first step in this process is to acquite an authorization code and then exchange it for an access token. Let’s get authorization code first.

3.1. Acquite OAuth Code

Run your authorization server as Spring Boot application and open the following URL in the browser window. read

You will be redirected to authenticate. Use username and password we have configured in section 2.4. Spring Security Configuration.

User authentication

Once successfully authenticated, you will be redirected to a redirectUri that we have configured in section 2.2. Register OAuth Client.

The authroization code will be attached to a redirectUri as a query string request parameter. We can now use this code to exchange it for an access token.

3.2. Get JWT Access Token

Open Postman HTTP Client or any other HTTP Client that you know how to use. For this demonstration, I will use Postman HTTP Client.

3.2.1 Configure the Basic Authentication

The first step is to configure the Basic authentication. In section 2.2. Regiter OAuth Client, we have configured ClientID and ClientSecret. Use these ClientID and ClientSecret values as Username and Password.
Postman Basic authentication

3.2.1 Request Body

Now that we have configured Basic Authentication, select the Body tab and configure the following request parameters. Once done, click on Send button.

In response you will get JWT tokens.

    "access_token": "eyJraWQiOiJiZWIyYjhkMC1jNjM1LTQ3OWItYTQzMy02MWMzZDliZTllMTkiLCJhbGciOiJSUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJzZXJnZXkiLCJhdWQiOiJjbGllbnQxIiwibmJmIjoxNjQ3NTM2Njc1LCJzY29wZSI6WyJyZWFkIiwib3BlbmlkIl0sImlzcyI6Imh0dHA6XC9cL2F1dGgtc2VydmVyOjgwMDAiLCJleHAiOjE2NDc1MzY5NzUsImlhdCI6MTY0NzUzNjY3NX0.Qn80d_Sl-ZUzJQNoipPddsAwCKpYVknreKTN6cydJOHJAVb_E3NVqc22hWgen8--JKzM10wDDXjr54dn0WhrAf4qxuMAMWCvCJyLXw5AvSILQSE-80Kj4oDf5SIKoAdy5p0SdCjpuZf3ylFMS41VcqnkpaUtvNYWxcPe-LpIZ7ZZeZBdMb73aBwsz_9LR8M20C4b1Q1w1Ry-fAdT-HG5-dZK-pevS_smFk7k6fUgP7IAO_sK2IncS5pEhtJ-jnvCfZuATWKcQZCIwYCugPIDuSUT9QIw6lmogsEBOR6Aw-KDWZsG_sJZ2SrEC-_oFr6AhSDcMZSXnadf3W1FQ-luEA",
    "refresh_token": "IeHFNgDxjJzZ99D3wWeTNolzN1G-KqV-NRzXGQV0_Npzw2UhcRM-q2x0-EW-eiuMkm1gEbvma2G1Ea3XxWonMab50HXkkMjUJJWDI1S19TniCGlIrTPBcJNuP_hqDUNc",
    "scope": "read openid",
    "id_token": "eyJraWQiOiJiZWIyYjhkMC1jNjM1LTQ3OWItYTQzMy02MWMzZDliZTllMTkiLCJhbGciOiJSUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJzZXJnZXkiLCJhdWQiOiJjbGllbnQxIiwiYXpwIjoiY2xpZW50MSIsImlzcyI6Imh0dHA6XC9cL2F1dGgtc2VydmVyOjgwMDAiLCJleHAiOjE2NDc1Mzg0NzUsImlhdCI6MTY0NzUzNjY3NX0.haVz6tbBQZJcQBRV8DZGha6TCW7OKt7WCDE6TKTeFYdo0muKcHFBju1qq8UKApNGw0MteQ2Oh49XJ9W5uh1qVf_IqlVCKY23Fj5ubzGKY7j6u9wU9c8fr9YwWvuJExPeejCaR-T4ge6crh3IG-pDs21_izqcUlmvSnHqmTvwGWYrCEYeNyAJkG0H7Har9LG1Ds-HKrY077evDJWNwQt5zJgWK9mCe7m1mo6DGmubzBY4pF49eJwRWyTMhttbXo8XEJ3hUQVF6QbwnnPbiEV6UkIsRZh-eg0tpBurqz9Mju1secpbL1ITrRQXDxWb5RvHZTqEsctME3_0POzPUoLgiQ",
    "token_type": "Bearer",
    "expires_in": 299

Role-based Access Control

When writing this tutorial, Spring Authorization Server does not include user roles in JWT. If you decode JWT issued by the new Spring Authorization Server, you will find a “scope” claim but not user roles. If you need to include user roles in JWT, read the following tutorial, “Add Roles to JWT Issued by Spring Authorization Server“.

Once you have the “roles” claim included in JWT, you can proceed and read how to implement Roles-based access control in your Resource server.

I hope this tutorial is helpful to you.

For video lessons on how to secure your Spring Boot application with OAuth 2.0. and Spring Security 5, please checkout my complete video course OAuth 2.0. in Spring Boot applications.

Happy learning!