Nextcloud allows connecting external services (for example Moodle) to your Nextcloud. This is done via OAuth2. See RFC6749 for the OAuth2 specification.


Nextcloud does only support confidential clients.

Add an OAuth2 Application

Head over to your Administrator Security Settings. Here you can add a new OAuth2 client.


Enter the name of your application and provide a redirection url. You should now have a Client Identifier and Secret. Enter those into your OAuth2 client.

Please provide the OAuth2 application the following details:

  • Authorization endpoint: https://cloud.example.org/apps/oauth2/authorize

  • Token endpoint: https://cloud.example.org/apps/oauth2/api/v1/token

Note that you must include index.php if pretty URL is not configured - i.e. https://cloud.example.org/index.php/apps/oauth2/api/v1/token.

The access token

The access token obtained is a so called Bearer token. Which means that for request to the Nextcloud server you will have to send the proper authorization header.

Authorization: Bearer <TOKEN>

Note that apache by default strips this. Make sure you have mod_headers, mod_rewrite and mod_env enabled.

Security considerations

Nextcloud OAuth2 implementation currently does not support scoped access. This means that every token has full access to the complete account including read and write permission to the stored files. It is essential to store the OAuth2 tokens in a safe way!

Without scopes and restrictable access it is not recommended to use a Nextcloud instance as a user authentication service.