Google offers multiple methods of authenticating users in Cloud Platform applications. Each method has different purposes, listed below:
|Firebase Authentication||Provides multiple user authentication options including with Google, Facebook, and Twitter. It also supports the largest number of users while maintaining the smallest amount of code.|
|Google Sign-In||Google Sign-In provides Gmail and Google Apps account sign in along with support for one-time passwords (OTP). It’s the easiest method of supporting Google-only accounts, or supporting Google accounts in an existing sign-in system.|
|OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect||OpenID Connect allows you to handle and use authentication tokens from the ground up with the most customization.|
Firebase Authentication gives you a robust, secure authentication system-in-a-box that helps you do sign in with any account your users want to use. Firebase Authentication supports password authentication in addition to federated sign in with Google, Facebook, Twitter, and more, allowing you to easily scale your authentication system as you grow on desktop and mobile.
Firebase Authentication is the easiest way to set up user authentication for a Google App Engine app. To learn more about Firebase Authentication, try the following:
Authenticating Users on App Engine Using Firebase explains how to retrieve, verify, and store user credentials on the server.
Firebase Web Tutorial highlights how to use Firebase on a website, including user sign in with Google as the Identity Provider.
If you want to provide a Google login button for your website or app, or you’re using Google Apps for your domain and you want to authenticate users based on that login, you can use Google Sign-in, which is our sign-in client library built on the OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect protocols.
Google Sign-in provides OpenID Connect formatted ID tokens, and OAuth 2.0 access tokens for further interaction with Google APIs. To configure Google Sign-In to return profile information in OpenID Connect format, use the openid scope and get the profile by calling the people.getOpenIdConnect endpoint.
OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect
OpenID Connect is an identity layer on top of the OAuth 2.0 protocol. You can use the directions provided in our OpenID Connect documentation to set up OAuth 2.0 and authenticate users.