Distrust: Discourse as an OpenID Connect provider

If you ever wanted to use Discourse as your authentication provider - now you can!

Over the last week I’ve written a small service which can be used to act as an OpenID connect/OAuth provider with discourse as a backend.

You can check out the code here:

Note that my primary use case was to authenticate to Nextcloud using Discourse, so it might not be working for your use case.

If something is not working as expected, or it is missing that certain feature to make it work for you, feel free to create an issue in the GitHub repository.


Awesome initiative! I always wanted Discourse to be usable as an OAuth provider, so it can easily be integrated with more tools. Making it an external small service makes a lot of sense too!


I like the sound of this and hope some communities decide to try it out!

I’d love to see OIDC supported by Discourse officially in addition to our bespoke Discourse Connect functionality, so we can offer a turnkey solution to our customers on standard and teams without having to rely on okta or the like.


This is super cool! Thanks for doing this!

I would really like to see this built in to Discourse so that it could be its own OIDC provider!


Awesome, I love that it allows access by group.

@theSuess I am using discourse as stand alone then how Can I configure it?

Distrust is a separate service, so you need to deploy it as such. You can run it in a container as described in the README file. Note that for secure operation, you will also need a reverse proxy handling SSL Termination (I might implement this directly sometime in the future).

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