Authenticate to Google API with Node JS

What I have so far is the app redirects to the consent page. The user accepts, then I'm redirected back to localhost with a valid authorization code. From what I understand, I need to make another call and exchange this code for an access token. getAccessToken() is not working, however. The console log is returning this:


Please let me know which additional information is needed.

Here's the relevant code:

var { google } = require('googleapis');
var http = require("http");
var request = require('request');

var oauth2Client = new google.auth.OAuth2(
    '<My Client ID>',
    '<My Client Secret>',

exports.generateAuthCodeUrl = function () {

    const url = oauth2Client.generateAuthUrl({
        access_type: 'offline',
        scope: ''

    return url;

exports.getAccessToken = function (accessCode) {
    var codeOptions = {
        code: accessCode
    oauth2Client.getToken(codeOptions, function (err, tokens) {
        // Now tokens contains an access_token and an optional refresh_token. Save them.
        if (!err) {
            return tokens;

Edit: Summary and what worked for me

I read the linked article from pinoyyid's answer TWICE and also noted the steps listed in his answer. Listing the simple steps helped me understand more clearly. Also, as recommended in the comments, I removed the googleapi library (The error mentioned above was occurring within the code of this library) and just made regular calls to the necessary endpoints with the request library. I used request because it's much less verbose. The code that I ended up with looks like this:

exports.generateAuthCodeUrl = function () {

    var authURL = "" +
        "client_id=" + client_id +
        "&scope=" + scope +
        "&redirect_uri=" + redirect_uri +
        "&response_type=" + response_type;

    //redirect to consent page
    return authURL;  

exports.getAccessToken = function (x) {
    var postDataUrl = '' +
        'code=' + x +  //auth code received from the previous call
        '&client_id=' + client_id +
        '&client_secret=' + client_secret +
        '&redirect_uri=' + redirect_uri +
        '&grant_type=' + "authorization_code"

    var options = {
        uri: postDataUrl,
        method: 'POST'

    request(options, function (err, res, body) {
        return body; //returns an object with an access token!!!

Very glad I got this working!! Thank you all so much



The Dummy's Guide to 3-legged Google OAuth.

Literally everything you need to know is on this single page . Read it twice and you'll be an OAuth ninja. In summary, it says ...

  1. Construct an URL with 4 query params :-
    1. client_id to identify your app
    2. scope to say what permissions you're asking for
    3. redirect_uri to tell Google where to redirect the user's browser with the result
    4. response_type=code to say you want an Auth Code
  2. redirect the user's browser to that URL
  3. Have a sip of coffee while the user logs in, chooses his Google account, and grants permission, until eventually ...
  4. The user's browser gets redirected back to your app's redirect_uri, with a query param of code which is the one-time Auth Code
  5. Post the Auth Code to Google's token endpoint
  6. Parse the JSON response to get the Access Token
  7. Use the Access Token in a "authorization: bearer access_token" http header for your subsequent Google API requests

If you go to you can run through the steps online to see what the various URLs and responses look like.


I wrote this library to get user information, hope this helps.

'use strict'

const { google } = require('googleapis')
const credentials = require('../configs/config').google

class googleApi {
        const {client_id, client_secret, redirectUri } = credentials;
        this.oAuth2Client = new google.auth.OAuth2(client_id, client_secret, redirectUri)

        const url = this.oAuth2Client.generateAuthUrl({
            access_type: 'offline',
            scope: scopes.join(' ')
        return url;

    async getUserInfo(code){
        const credentials = await this.oAuth2Client.getToken(code)
        const plus ={
            version: 'v1',
            auth: this.oAuth2Client,
        const data = await plus.people.get({userId: 'me'});
        return data;

module.exports = new googleApi();

and this is the implementation:

'use strict'
const googleApi = require('../libs/google');

exports.requestGmailAuth = function (req, res, next){
    let url = googleApi.generateUrl(scopes)

exports.getGmailUserInfo = async function (req, res, next){
    const qs = new url.URL(req.url, 'http://localhost:3000').searchParams;
    let code = qs.get('code')
        next(new Error('No code provided'))
            next(new Error(e.message))

these are the routes:

app.get('/request/gmail/auth', user.requestGmailAuth)
app.get('/get/gmail/user', user.getGmailUserInfo)

When /request/gmail/auth receives a request it redirects to consent page then the consent page redirects to /get/gmail/user with the "code" parameter.

try this snipet and if the problem persists check your client id and client secret, and also make sure that you have google plus api enabled in your developer dashboard.


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