Azure Active Directory authentication in .NET MAUI

Azure Active Directory authentication in .NET MAUI

13 November 2021




Today we are going to create a small mobile application, which requires user authentication, using .NET MAUI.

I hope you already have a valid environment. Read this article on how to set up .NET MAUI.

So let's start!

  1. Create a new .NET MAUI project.
  2. Install Microsoft.Identity.Client and System.IdentityModel.Tokens.Jwt packages: Microsoft Identity Client Nuget
  3. Create Constants class:
public static class Constants
    public static readonly string ClientId = "Your client id guid";
    public static readonly string[] Scopes = new string[] { "openid", "offline_access" };
  1. Now we need to override some methods to receive a callback from the identity server.

For Android open Platforms/MainActivity.cs and override 2 methods OnCreate and OnActivityResult:

protected override void OnCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState)
    Microsoft.Maui.Essentials.Platform.Init(this, savedInstanceState); // this will allow us to get the current activity

protected override void OnActivityResult(int requestCode, Result resultCode, Intent? data)
    base.OnActivityResult(requestCode, resultCode, data);
    AuthenticationContinuationHelper.SetAuthenticationContinuationEventArgs(requestCode, resultCode, data);

Then open AndroidManifest.xml and add the next activity to the application:

<activity android:name="microsoft.identity.client.BrowserTabActivity">
		<action android:name="android.intent.action.VIEW" />
		<category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />
		<category android:name="android.intent.category.BROWSABLE" />
		<data android:scheme="msalYOUR_CLIENT_ID_HERE" android:host="auth" />

Pay attention that data android:scheme starts with msal.

For iOS open iOS/AppDelegate.cs and override OpenUrl method:

public override bool OpenUrl(UIApplication app, NSUrl url, NSDictionary options)
    return base.OpenUrl(app, url, options);
  1. It's time to create our AuthService:
public class AuthService
    private readonly IPublicClientApplication authenticationClient;
    public AuthService()
        authenticationClient = PublicClientApplicationBuilder.Create(Constants.ClientId)

    public async Task<AuthenticationResult> LoginAsync(CancellationToken cancellationToken)
        AuthenticationResult result;
            result = await authenticationClient
            return result;
        catch (MsalClientException)
            return null;
  1. Now we can prepare the UI to use our AuthService. Add login button to your XAML and add Clicked event handler:
var authService = new AuthService(); // most likely you will inject it in constructor, but for simplicity let's initialize it here
var result = await authService.LoginAsync(CancellationToken.None);
var token = result?.IdToken; // you can also get AccessToken if you need it
if (token != null)
	var handler = new JwtSecurityTokenHandler();
	var data = handler.ReadJwtToken(token);
	var claims = data.Claims.ToList();
	if (data != null)
		var stringBuilder = new StringBuilder();
		stringBuilder.AppendLine($"Name: {data.Claims.FirstOrDefault(x => x.Type.Equals("name"))?.Value}");
		stringBuilder.AppendLine($"Email: {data.Claims.FirstOrDefault(x => x.Type.Equals("preferred_username"))?.Value}");
		LoginResultLabel.Text = stringBuilder.ToString();

We are done. Now you can start the application and check the result. MAUI Auth

The full code can be found on GitHub.


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