2011
05.26

Google Data API, Google Apps, Provisioning and OAuth

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The following info is blatantly stolen from this precious post, but the issue I faced is so odd that I wanted to stress about it myself. All credits go to Philip Hofstetter and his blog.

[Edit: the following still applies even when, as described here, the Provisioning API is enabled.]
[Edit: the script below doesn’t handle Results Pagination. That means that it will just return the first 200 or so queried objects. I’ve yet to complete it… Depending on your needs, you may just use Google Apps Manager instead.

I was trying to fetch some info using Google Data API and Python. At some point, I decided to move from simple authentication with user supplied credentials to two-legged OAuth. The Contact feed remained accessible while trying to read Groups, Users or Nicknames (by means of the Provisioning API) failed with “Internal Error” 500 or “Authentication Failure”.

As Philip discovered, some feeds just won’t work unless explicitly permitted access to.
Inconsistency 1: You API Client name (the one you’ll use as “customer_key” in OAuth and the one whose name will most likely match your Google Apps domain name), is already listed under “Manage this domain”, “Advanced tools”, “Manage third party OAuth Client access”. The wording “This client has access to all APIs” is clearly a lie.
Inconsistency 2: I followed Philip advice and manually added the (readonly) feeds/scopes, except that they don’t show up under “Manage API client access”. But they’re somewhat being honored (i.e.: without the tweak, my script won’t work). Moreover, the “Authorize” operation should be done just once and encompass all of the scopes you need. You can’t just add one later. Adding a single scope will revoke access to the previous ones. This behaviour is different from Philip’s (in his screenshots, authorized scopes are indeed visible on Google Apps Domain Control Panel).
This is what I used:

https://apps-apis.google.com/a/feeds/group/#readonly,https://apps-apis.google.com/a/feeds/user/#readonly,https://apps-apis.google.com/a/feeds/nickname/#readonly

And this is the script:

#!/usr/bin/python

# $Id: list_groups_emails_oauth.py,v 1.3 2011/05/26 16:12:42 giuliano Exp giuliano $

import string
import gdata.apps.service
import gdata.apps.groups.service

consumer_key = 'yourdomain.com'
consumer_secret = 'yourOAuthkey'
sig_method = gdata.auth.OAuthSignatureMethod.HMAC_SHA1

service = gdata.apps.groups.service.GroupsService(domain=consumer_key)
service.SetOAuthInputParameters(sig_method, consumer_key, consumer_secret=consumer_secret, two_legged_oauth=True)
res = service.RetrieveAllGroups()
for entry in res:
    print 'group;' + string.lower(entry['groupId'])

service = gdata.apps.service.AppsService(domain=consumer_key)
service.SetOAuthInputParameters(sig_method, consumer_key, consumer_secret=consumer_secret, two_legged_oauth=True)

res = service.RetrieveAllUsers()
for entry in res.entry:
    print 'email;' + string.lower(entry.login.user_name) + '@' + consumer_key

res = service.RetrieveAllNicknames()
for entry in res.entry:
  if hasattr(entry, 'nickname'):
    print 'alias;' + string.lower(entry.nickname.name) + '@' + consumer_key
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