Authenticate to Laravel with WordPress

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Authenticate to Laravel with WordPress

I know what you’re thinking.

“How do I use WordPress as an identity provider for Laravel Socialite.” Oh, that wasn’t your first thought? Well while we’re here, I may as well share a great package that allows you to do just that. And if it was, then you’re in the right place.

This package allows WordPress users to authenticate users to your Laravel application through Socialite. This can be useful when building support applications for businesses that have already invested in the user ecosystem of WordPress. Instead of having multiple logins, this allows us to use WordPress as the identity provider, ultimately allowing someone to use their WordPress email and password to authenticate to a Laravel Application.

Once this package is installed, we can declare the connection details in our config/services.php

'wordpress' => [    
  'client_id' => env('WORDPRESS_CLIENT_ID'),  
  'client_secret' => env('WORDPRESS_CLIENT_SECRET'),  
  'redirect' => env('WORDPRESS_REDIRECT_URI') 

Next, we add our event listener to our EventServiceProvider

protected $listen = [
    \SocialiteProviders\Manager\SocialiteWasCalled::class => [
        // ... other providers

Finally, we can now return this driver from a controller:

return Socialite::driver('wordpress')->redirect();

The details we get back from WordPress on this user are:

  • id
  • nickname
  • name
  • email
  • avatar

Adding a wordpress_user_id to the users table in the corresponding Laravel application will also us to preserve the native primary key. So, that when we get a user back from WordPress, we can match it to the wordpress_user_id instead of other details that may change, such as, email.

For more details, check out the full documentation

This WordPress Laravel Socialite provider is part of a large set of community supported open-source packages to allow authentication through providers like Apple, Microsoft, Reddit, and even TikTok. See the full list at