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Passport strategy for authenticating with Pinterest using the OAuth 2.0 API.

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This module lets you authenticate using Pinterest in your Node.js applications. By plugging into Passport, Pinterest authentication can be easily and unobtrusively integrated into any application or framework that supports Connect-style middleware, including Express.


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This is a module for node.js and is installed via npm:

npm install passport-pinterest --save


Configure Strategy

The Pinterest authentication strategy authenticates users using a Pinterest account and OAuth 2.0 tokens. The strategy requires a verify callback, which accepts these credentials and calls done providing a user, as well as options specifying a client ID, client secret, scope, and callback URL.

passport.use(new PinterestStrategy({
        clientID: PINTEREST_APP_ID,
        clientSecret: PINTEREST_APP_SECRET,
        scope: ['read_public', 'read_relationships'],
        callbackURL: "https://localhost:3000/auth/pinterest/callback",
        state: true
    function(accessToken, refreshToken, profile, done) {
        User.findOrCreate({ pinterestId: }, function (err, user) {
            return done(err, user);

Set the scope parameter according to the list of available scopes.

Pinterest only allows https callback urls. This blog article explains the quickest way to enable https for your Express server.

Authenticate Requests

Use passport.authenticate(), specifying the 'pinterest' strategy, to authenticate requests.

For example, as route middleware in an Express application:

    passport.authenticate('pinterest', { failureRedirect: '/login' }),
    function(req, res) {
        // Successful authentication, redirect home.


To set up your development environment for Passport-Pinterest:

  1. Clone this repo to your desktop,
  2. in the shell cd to the main folder,
  3. hit npm install,
  4. hit npm install gulp -g if you haven't installed gulp globally yet, and
  5. run gulp dev. (Or run node ./node_modules/.bin/gulp dev if you don't want to install gulp globally.)

gulp dev watches all source files and if you save some changes it will lint the code and execute all tests. The test coverage report can be viewed from ./coverage/lcov-report/index.html.

If you want to debug a test you should use gulp test-without-coverage to run all tests without obscuring the code by the test coverage instrumentation.

Change History

  • v1.0.0 (2016-10-24)
    • Breaking Change: In order to support custom state values, the default state handling by Passport is not activated by default anymore. Please use new PinterestStrategy({ state: true, ... }) to get the old behavior. (Thanks to @somprabhsharma for issue #3 and pull request #4)
  • v0.4.0 (2016-06-08)
    • Allowing to pass custom options.state string (Thanks to @cvinson for pull request #2)
    • Improved input validation
    • Added node.js v6 to CI build
    • Updated dependencies
  • v0.3.0 (2015-10-30)
    • Changed default session key name from "" to "oauth2:pinterest" because the dots made saving the session in MongoDB impossible
  • v0.2.0 (2015-09-29)
    • Returning profile with more fields
  • v0.1.0 (2015-09-28)
    • Verified successfully that the authentication is working
    • No code changes
  • v0.0.1 (2015-09-26)
    • Alpha release for people who want to help finding the bug mentioned at the top

License (ISC)

In case you never heard about the ISC license it is functionally equivalent to the MIT license.

See the LICENSE file for details.

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