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How to set up GitHub to install external projects

Ethereal Engine is extensible via Projects, which can contain new scenes, new avatars, new static resources, additional code, and more. Ethereal Engine integrates with GitHub to push and pull projects for backup and restoration, and one can also install existing projects from GitHub. In order to install projects from private repositories, or to push local project changes to a GitHub repo, an OAuth app from GitHub (not a GitHub app, that is something different) needs to be created, and the logged-in user must be connected in Ethereal Engine to GitHub (i.e. must have logged in via GitHub at some point) and have permission to access the source and destination repositories.

Note that it is recommended that you complete most of this before the initial installation of your deployment, so that you can log in via GitHub and be granted admin status as the first logged-in user. If you do not, then you will either need to manually insert some of these values into the database so that you can log yourself in; have another log method configured already and use that logged-in admin user; or reset the database with these values configured in the updated Helm configuration that is used for the reset.

Create a GitHub OAuth App in an organization, or your user

You can either create an OAuth App for your personal GitHub account or for an organization that you have sufficient permissions on. Either will work for this setup.

The general instructions for doing this can be found here. The specifics you'll need to enter are as follows:

  • Application name: Anything you want
  • Homepage URL: Whatever you want, this is just what is linked to from the OAuth authorization page
  • Authorization callback URL: enter https://api.<domain>/oauth/github/callback, e.g.
  • Enable Device Flow: Leave unchecked

Create client secret, note Client ID

Once the app has been created, you will be redirected to the General settings for it. Here, you will generate one credential for the app, so that your deployment can be authenticated.

Make note of Client ID

Near the top of this page is the Client ID for the app. This is a public ID for the app. It will be used when configuring Ethereal Engine.

Generate client secret

Below Client ID is a section Client secrets. None are created by default, so click the button Generate a new client secret. As the notifications that appear say, you will only see the full secret right now, so copy it somewhere retrievable (but not anywhere publicly accessible). If you ever lose the secret, you can always generate a new one.

Configure Ethereal Engine deployment with IDs/keys

Pre-initial installation

If you have not done the initial installation/deployment yet, then you can add most of the values above to the Helm configuration, and they will be inserted into the database so that GitHub login is enabled from the start, and you can then log in via GitHub and be granted admin status.

Enter the Client ID for GITHUB_CLIENT_ID, and the Client secret for GITHUB_CLIENT SECRET in the section api.extraEnv. It is advised that you enclose all of these in double quotes in the .yaml file, so that they are interpreted as strings even if they start with a number, e.g. GITHUB_CLIENT_ID: "17592577832789234" If you see GITHUB_APP_ID, it is not used; it is left over from a prior implementation of GitHub Apps, which no longer works.

Continue with the setup instructions. When you run helm install with your configuration file, the GitHub credentials will be included.

Post-installation, if you have another authentication method configured

If you have already installed the platform but configured it with another login method, such as email or another OAuth provider, then log in as an admin user. If you haven't logged in with anything yet, then the first user that logs in will be made an admin.

Go to /admin/settings. Click on the Authentication selector. A page should open with a section OAuth that takes up the bottom two-thirds. Under GitHub, enter the Client ID under Key and the Client Secret under Secret. Click the Save button at the bottom.

Post-installation, if you do not have any authentication method configured

If you have already set up the platform but did not configure any authentication method, then you are in a bit of a bind where you can't log in to get admin privileges, but need admin privileges to configure an authentication method. The way around this is to reset the database and provide the GitHub credentials as part of this process - this is similar to what would happen on initial installation. Note that this will erase anything you've done so far, but without any admins, the most you'd have been likely to do is change some guest users' avatars.

Open your Helm configuration. Enter the Client ID for GITHUB_CLIENT_ID and the Client secret for GITHUB_CLIENT SECRET in the section api.extraEnv. It is advised that you enclose all of these in double quotes in the .yaml file, so that they are interpreted as strings even if they start with a number, e.g. GITHUB_CLIENT_ID: "17592577832789234"

Next, run helm upgrade --reuse-values -f <path/to/configuration.yaml> --set-string api.extraEnv.FORCE_DB_REFRESH=true <stage_name> xrengine/xrengine. This tells Helm to restart the API servers, and for them to wipe the database and reseed it with the values in the configuration file. It should only take a minute or two, and you should then run helm upgrade --reuse-values --set-string api.extraEnv.FORCE_DB_REFRESH=false <stage_name> xrengine/xrengine to unset the flag telling it to reset the database.

Once this is done, you should be able to log in with GitHub and be granted admin status.

Logging in with GitHub and Granting Access to Other Organizations

When you log in with GitHub, you will be asked to grant access to your user information as well as the repositories that the OAuth app has authorized for. Ethereal Engine will have access to your personal repositories and, if the OAuth app was created in a GitHub organization, all repositories in that organization. It will not have inherent push access to other organizations' repositories or pull access to their private repositories.

There are two ways to grant access to other repositories. When you are first signing in via GitHub and are presented with the screen to authorize the OAuth app's permissions, you should see a section near the bottom that shows all of the organizations you are in. If you have admin rights to that organization, you can Grant access. If you do not have admin rights, then you can Request access, and someone who does have admin rights will have to approve it.

If you have already gone through the OAuth approval page, it will not be shown again - all subsequent logins will bypass this page1. In order to grant the OAuth app access to other organizations, follow these steps

In short form:

  1. Go to (
  2. Click on the name of the OAuth app installed in Ethereal Engine
  3. Under Organization access, click on Grant/Request for the organizations you want Ethereal Engine to have access to

Installing Ethereal Engine projects from GitHub

See the section 'Graphical Install Flow for more information on how to install projects from GitHub.