This guide is not applicable to Personal Apps. You must have a full app with identity permissions to follow this guide.
Akahu supports the one-off retrieval of identity information using an OAuth2-like flow. Unlike our Authorization OAuth2 flow, the user is not required to create an Akahu account in order to verify their identity with you. This is because accessing identity data is a one time occurrence. We do not store, log, or cache the user's login credentials, and all data retrieved through this endpoint is deleted within 30 days.
Before we begin, you will need:
- Your Akahu App ID Token.
- Your Akahu App Secret.
- Your Akahu app's Redirect URI.
The first two will be given to you when you register an app with Akahu.
Your Redirect URI must be one of those you supplied when registering your app with Akahu.
Make sure you keep your App Secret private! Never include it in any frontend or user-accessible source code. We recommend you use environment variables to store the secret.
To begin the OAuth flow, the user must be directed to
https://oauth.akahu.io/, with several query parameters set.
|code||The type of oauth response. The only supported value is "code".|
|app_token_111111111111111111111111||Your App ID Token.|
|https://example.com/auth/akahu_identity||Where to redirect the user once they have accepted or rejected the authorization. This must match one of your app's Redirect URIs.|
|1234567890||(Optional) An arbitrary string that will be returned with the Authorization Code. Useful to keep track of request-specific state and to prevent CSRF attacks.|
|ONEOFF||The type of data you want. |
Here is an example uri using the values above, with newlines included for readability:
https://oauth.akahu.io? response_type=code& client_id=<<appToken>>& redirect_uri=https%3A%2F%2Fexample.com%2Fauth%2Fakahu_identity& state=1234567890& scope=ONEOFF
By default, you only need to supply Akahu with the scope for the type of OAuth request you wish to perform. Akahu will automatically add all of the additional scopes that your app is allowed to access. If you wish to only request a subset of your app's available scopes, simply set the
scopeparameter to a space-separated list of the scopes you desire.
The user's authorization response is delivered to your app by redirecting the user to your app's Redirect URI, with results included in the query parameters.
Once the user accepts your app's request for authorization, they will be returned to your Redirect URI with the following query parameters:
|id_1111111111111111111111111||An OAuth Result Code. Keep track of this for the next step.|
|1234567890||The state you supplied when you made the request.|
Two types of errors can be returned:
- An access denied error. The user has declined to give your app access to their statements.
- A configuration error. There was something wrong with your authorization request.
Details are supplied by the
error_description (optional) query parameters.
The error codes given are standard for OAuth implementations, for more details see this document.
At this point we diverge from the typical OAuth2 flow.
In order to get the identity data, make a
GET request to the
/identity/id_1111111111111111111111111 endpoint (Reference).
This request must be authorised as your app using Basic HTTP auth. See the API reference for more details.
If all parameters are correct you will receive a JSON response body with the following keys:
|true||Indicates that the operation was successful.|
|see below||Status of the identity request.|
item returned will have the following keys.
|id_1111111111111111111111111||This OAuth request's ID.|
|PROCESSING||Status of the OAuth request. This will be one of: |
|2000-01-01T01:00:00.000Z||The time at which the OAuth request was created.|
|2000-01-01T01:00:00.000Z||The time at which the OAuth request was last updated.|
|2000-01-01T01:00:00.000Z||The time at which this identity result will be securely deleted from Akahu's systems. This is typically 30 days after creation.|
|JSON object||Details of the institution from which the data has been sourced.|
|[String]||Any non-fatal errors that Akahu has encountered while retrieving the data.|
|[JSON object]||Data regarding the user's name and gender. Will be included if your app has the required permissions to view it.|
|[JSON object]||Data regarding the user's addresses. Will be included if your app has the required permissions to view it.|
|[JSON object]||Data regarding the user's bank account. Will be included if your app has the required permissions to view it.|
If the response
success key is
false, details are supplied in the
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