OAuth 2.0 Authentication

How to quickly get a Linear OAuth application set up.

Linear supports OAuth2 authentication, which is recommended if you're building applications to integrate with Linear.

It is highly recommended you create a workspace for the purpose of managing the OAuth2 Application, as each admin user will have access.

1. Create an OAuth2 application in Linear

Create a new OAuth2 Application

Configure the redirect callback URLs to your application

2. Redirect user access requests to Linear

When authorizing a user to the Linear API, redirect to an authorization URL with correct parameters and scopes:

 GET https://linear.app/oauth/authorize



GET https://linear.app/oauth/authorize?response_type=code&client_id=YOUR_CLIENT_ID&redirect_uri=YOUR_REDIRECT_URL&state=SECURE_RANDOM&scope=read

GET https://linear.app/oauth/authorize?client_id=client1&redirect_uri=http%3A%2F%2Flocalhost%3A3000%2Foauth%2Fcallback&response_type=code&scope=read,write

3. Handle the redirect URLs you specified in the OAuth2 Application

Once the user approves your application they will be redirected back to your application, with the OAuth authorization code in the URL params.

Any state parameter you specified in step 2 will also be returned in the URL params and must match the value specified in step 2. If the values do not match, the request should not be trusted.


 GET https://example.com/oauth/callback?code=9a5190f637d8b1ad0ca92ab3ec4c0d033ad6c862&state=b1ad0ca92

4. Exchange code for an access token

After receiving the code, you can exchange it for a Linear API access token:

 POST https://api.linear.app/oauth/token

Content-Type header should be application/x-www-form-urlencoded



After a successful request, a valid access token will be returned in the response:

  "access_token": "00a21d8b0c4e2375114e49c067dfb81eb0d2076f48354714cd5df984d87b67cc",
  "token_type": "Bearer",
  "expires_in": 315705599,
  "scope": "read write"

Note: OAuth apps created prior to Dec 1, 2023 will instead return scope as an array of strings in the token response.

5. Make an API request

Once you have obtained a valid access token, you can make a request to Linear's GraphQL API.

You can initialize the Linear Client with the access token:

 const client = new LinearClient({ accessToken: response.access_token })
 const me = await client.viewer

Or pass the token as an authorization header: Authorization: Bearer <ACCESS_TOKEN>

curl https://api.linear.app/graphql \
  -X POST \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
  -H 'Authorization: Bearer 00a21d8b0c4e2375114e49c067dfb81eb0d2076f48354714cd5df984d87b67cc' \
  --data '{ "query": "{ viewer { id name } }" }' \

6. Revoke an access token

To revoke a user's access to your application pass the access token as Bearer token in the authorization header (Authorization: Bearer <ACCESS_TOKEN>) or as the access_token form field:

 POST https://api.linear.app/oauth/revoke


Expected HTTP status:

  • 200 - token was revoked

  • 400 - unable to revoke token (e.g. token was already revoked)

  • 401 - unable to authenticate with the token

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