Simple Steps for Including Custom Fields in Wasp Google Auth

Simple Steps for Including Custom Fields in Wasp Google Auth

Google Auth in Wasp with TypeScript


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The problem statement

When using Google OAuth in Wasp project, you might notice that behind the scenes, whenever you are logging in the user, creates the user for you, if it doesn't exist. It does so with very minimal user fields, but what if you need additional user information, such as profile image or full name?

Let's take care of that and learn a thing or two about Wasp lang.

The solution

  1. Make sure your database has the correct columns, in the User table. In my case, I added 2 more properties to the User entity, in my main.wasp file:
entity User {=psl
  id                        Int             @id @default(autoincrement())
  email                     String?          @unique
  password                  String?
  isEmailVerified           Boolean         @default(false)
  emailVerificationSentAt   DateTime?
  passwordResetSentAt       DateTime?
    profileImage                            String?
    fullName                                    String?
  stripeId                  String? 
  checkoutSessionId         String?
  hasPaid                   Boolean         @default(false)
  sendEmail                 Boolean         @default(false)
  datePaid                  DateTime?
  credits                   Int             @default(3)
  relatedObject             RelatedObject[]
  externalAuthAssociations  SocialLogin[]

Once added, run wasp db migrate-dev so Wasp takes care of all the db migrations, and relaunch your server.

  1. In main.wasp add a new dependency @types/passport-google-oauth20. At the time of writing this article, the actual version is 2.0.11 but go ahead and install the latest one.
("@types/passport-google-oauth20", "2.0.11")

The reason why you install @types/passport-google-oauth20 is because Wasp is using passport to handle authentication strategy etc behind the scenes, so that's exactly the types that are used in the backend and that you can expect to be returned.

  1. Create a file under src/server/auth/google.ts

  2. Add new function getUserFields alongside with type import:

import { Profile } from "passport-google-oauth20";

export async function getUserFields(
  _: unknown,
  args: { profile: Profile }
) {
  const userFields = {
    profileImage: args.profile._json.picture,
  return userFields;
  1. Declare your getUserFields function in main.wasp file, by adding getUserFieldsFn property to object, like so:
  auth: {
    userEntity: User,
    externalAuthEntity: SocialLogin,
    methods: {
      google: {
        getUserFieldsFn: import { getUserFields } from "@server/auth/google.js", // <-- add `getUserFieldsFn` property
        configFn: import { config } from "@server/auth/google.js",
    onAuthFailedRedirectTo: "/",

Function getUserFields is a special function, that Wasp is using to retrieve any user fields that will be added to the database. The second argument of this function is to receive an object, that contains profile of type Profile . This is what is being "passed" to you by Wasp , so that you can "cherry-pick" what you want to be saved into your User record when one will be created.

Whatever object you will return from this function, this is what will be stored in the User table, under the new row. As you can see, I am retrieving profileImage and fullName properties from args.profile._json. object.

You can read more about getUserFields in the linked article, but it's only covering JavaScript file, not TypeScript, so hoping this article helps you to annotate. your codebase better, until Wasp provides you with a type export by itself.

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