Setting up PlayFab authentication using Facebook and HTML5

This tutorial is designed to guide you through PlayFab authentication using Facebook and HTML5/JavaScript.



If you are unsure if you have the proper requirements for this activity, please consult the Running an HTTP server for testing tutorial.

Server and domain

As part of the requirements to set up your PlayFab authentication, you must have a server with a valid domain to follow. If you do not have a registered domain and remote web server yet, please follow our Running an HTTP server for testing tutorial to run a local web server with a valid domain name.

Throughout this guide, we will assume your domain is 'http://playfab.example'.

Registering a Facebook application

Start by navigating to the Facebook Developer Portal.

  1. Hover your mouse over the My Apps button.
  2. Select Add a New App from the drop-down menu, as shown in the example provided below.

Facebook add a new app

A new Application pop-up will open.

  1. Enter a name for your Application in the field under Display Name.
  2. Enter a contact email address in the field under Contact Email.
  3. Select the Create App ID button to save.


Make sure to come up with your own unique application name and email, as shown in the example provided below.

Facebook new app ID

  1. Navigate to the Settings tab.
  2. Select the Basic sub-tab.
  3. Locate your Application ID.


Copy your Application ID to a safe place, we will use it later to set up the Facebook SDK.

Facebook save app ID

  1. Go to the menu on the left of your screen and select the +Add Product item.
  2. Locate Get Started in the Facebook Login area and select it.

Facebook login get started

The page should open to display the example shown below.

  1. Make sure that Facebook Login/Settings is opened on the menu to the left, and you are in Client OAuth Settings.
  2. Verify that both the Client OAuth and Web OAuth are on (marked Yes).

Facebook login product settings

In the Client OAuth Settings screen:

  1. Set the Valid OAuth redirect URIs to your own auth page URI.


This will be playfab.example in your case.

  1. Select Save Changes to commit.

Facebook set OAuth redirect URI

On the Application Manager page:

  • Open Settings/Basic (1) in your menu.
  • Select the Add Platform (2) button.

Facebook Application Manager Add Platform

A pop-up will appear on your screen:

  1. Select the Website icon.

Facebook Select Platform Website options

The Website configuration panel should now appear.

  1. In the SiteURL field, enter your auth page URL (this will be playfab.example in your case).
  2. Select Save Changes to commit.

Facebook website configuration panel


Use the following HTML file to test your PlayFab authentication using Facebook.


Make sure to replace YOUR-APPLICATION-ID and YOUR-PLAYFAB-TITLE with your own.

<!DOCTYPE html>
        // This function will be called when Facebook SDK is loaded
        window.fbAsyncInit = function() {

            // Make sure to use your own App ID for the configuration
                appId      : 'YOUR-APPLICATION-ID',
                xfbml      : true,
                version    : 'v2.9'

            // Record PageView event for analytics

        // Facebook SDK loader. Creates a script entry to load the SDK
        (function(d, s, id){
            var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];
            if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;}
            js = d.createElement(s); = id;
            js.src = "//";
            fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);
        }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));
    <script src=""></script>
    <p>Facebook Auth Example</p>
    <button onclick="loginWithFacebook()">Log In with Facebook</button>
        // This method is invoked when you press the button
        function loginWithFacebook() {
            logLine("Logging in via Facebook...");

            // Standard practice: make call to FB.login.
            // This will show Facebook popup window. To prevent browsers from locking it,
            // always make sure to call it from Button click event
                    logLine("Problem authenticating via Facebook!");
                } else {

        function loginWithPlayfab(accessToken){

            logLine("Logging in via PlayFab...");

            // When given accessToken, make call to LoginWithFacebook API Call
            // Make sure to use your own PlayFab Title ID
                AccessToken: accessToken,
                TitleId: "YOUR-PLAYFAB-TITLE",
                CreateAccount: true
            }, onPlayFabResponse);

        // Handles response from playfab.
        function onPlayFabResponse(response, error) {
            if (response)
                logLine("Response: " + JSON.stringify(response));
            if (error)
                logLine("Error: " + JSON.stringify(error));

        function logLine(message) {
            var textnode = document.createTextNode(message);
            var br = document.createElement("br");

Request the following file from your server using the domain you set up during Facebook Application configuration (playfab.example in our case).

  1. Once the Facebook Auth Example page opens, select Log In with Facebook button.
  2. Follow any Facebook instructions in the pop-up window.

Watch the output.

Facebook Auth Example

You will obtain a PlayFab session ticket. At this point you have successfully configured PlayFab and Facebook authentication using HTML5 and JavaScript.