Deprecating OAuth Application API

As mentioned in this previous blog post, GitHub no longer supports the OAuth application endpoints and have replaced them with a version that moves the access token to the request body for improved security.

This deprecation has not been applied to GitHub Enterprise offerings yet. Please check the latest Enterprise release notes to learn when this deprecation is initiated and which version of GitHub Enterprise Server will have the OAuth Application API removed.

As an alternative to authorizing your app, you can use the web application flow or the device flow. The device flow doesn't require using the client_secret and can be used by headless apps. For more information, see "Authorizing OAuth Apps."

Deprecation timeline


During a brownout, calls to the old version of OAuth application endpoints will temporarily fail. The goal is to trigger alerts (assuming there are any) on our customers' services to help find unmigrated endpoint calls.

The brownouts are scheduled for:

  • May 5, 2021: For 12 hours starting at 14:00 UTC

  • June 9, 2021: For 24 hours starting at 14:00 UTC

Removal date

All calls to the old version of the OAuth application endpoints will return a status code of 404 starting on:

  • August 11 2021 at 14:00 UTC

Changes to make

Using calls to OAuth Application API

If you're using the version of the OAuth Application API that includes :access_token in the path like:

curl -u my_client_id:my_client_secret -X POST ""

Instead, you'll need to call the new version that moves :access_token in the request body:

curl -u my_client_id:my_client_secret -X PATCH " -d {"access_token": "my_access_token"}"

See the list of OAuth application endpoints below that you'll need to replace with the new endpoints.

Endpoints affected

The following list of OAuth Application endpoints are deprecated and should be replaced with the new corresponding endpoints.

Deprecated Endpoint Deprecated Path New Endpoint New Path
Check an authorization GET /applications/:client_id/tokens/:access_token Check a token POST /applications/:client_id/token
Reset an authorization POST /applications/:client_id/tokens/:access_token Reset a token PATCH /applications/:client_id/token
Revoke app authorization DELETE /applications/:client_id/tokens/:access_token Delete app token DELETE /applications/:client_id/token
Revoke app grant DELETE /applications/:client_id/grants/:access_token Delete app authorization DELETE /applications/:client_id/grant

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