Server-Side Apps

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Server-side apps are the most common type of application encountered when dealing with OAuth 2 servers. These apps run on a web server where the source code of the application is not available to the public, so they can maintain the confidentiality of their client secret.

The diagram below illustrates a typical example where the user interacts with their browser which is communicating with the client. The client and the API server have a separate secure communications channel between them. The user’s browser never makes a request directly to the API server, everything goes through the client first.

The app’s server communicates with the API

Server-side apps use the authorization_code grant type. In this flow, after the user authorizes the application, the application receives an “authorization code” which it can then exchange for an access token.