Unreal Engine 4 GameSparks Facebook Authentication

VERY IMPORTANT! This tutorial is only valid if you are using up to Unreal version 4.10. If you are using a more recent version, please ignore the details given here. An updated tutorial is being prepared and will be available very soon!


GameSparks allows you to use social authentication to keep track of your players without registering them. This tutorial aims to get you started with Unreal Engine 4's Facebook online subsystem and using it to retrieve an authentication token which allows you to use GameSpark's social authentication.

Downloadables. You can download the assets that support this tutorial here.

Setting up your project

Unreal Setup


First you need to configure your game for the Facebook online subsystem. For this you need to have a Facebook AppID which you can get from the Facebook developer page.

bEnabled = true

ClientId = Your Facebook AppID


In your project's build file, you need to include extra modules which will allow you to

    using UnrealBuildTool;

    public class YourProjectName: ModuleRules
        public YourProjectName(TargetInfo Target)
            PublicDependencyModuleNames.AddRange(new string[] { "Core", "CoreUObject", "Engine", "InputCore" });

            PublicDependencyModuleNames.AddRange(new string[] { "OnlineSubsystem", "OnlineSubsystemUtils", "Networking", "Sockets" });

            PrivateDependencyModuleNames.AddRange(new string[] { "OnlineSubsystem", "Networking", "Sockets" });


            //Add IOS if you're using it
            if ((Target.Platform == UnrealTargetPlatform.Win32) || (Target.Platform == UnrealTargetPlatform.Win64 ))
                //Facebook API
                PublicDependencyModuleNames.AddRange(new string[] { "Facebook" });
                //Facebook Subsystem


Refresh your visual studio project through the editor

After you include the modules into your project, refresh your C++ files through the Editor so the changes are recognized in your project. Failing to do this step will result in your "Online.h" and "OnlineSubsystemFacebook.h" not being recognized.

Facebook App Settings

In your Facebook settings advanced tab, flip the button to state that your app is a native one if you're developing or debugging on a desktop.

For Valid OAuth redirect URIs ensure that you add:


That's all you need! Here's how we set up our App:

To use Facebook authentication with GameSparks, follow the tutorial to setup Unreal for GameSpark integration, here.

Facebook API Component

This is the component which will expose the Online Subsystem API to the Blueprints. Exposing the API through a component allows us to use delegates comfortably and allows us to call the functions through GetGameMode->FBAPIComponent->Function from anywhere in BluePrint.

        //GameSparks LTD
    #pragma once

    #include "Components/ActorComponent.h" //Parent, Actor component
    #include "OnlineSubsystemFacebook.h" //Facebook Online Subsystem
    #include "Online.h" // Online Subsystem
    #include "FBAPIComponent.generated.h" // Has to be last include otherwise you get an error

    UCLASS( ClassGroup=(Custom), meta=(BlueprintSpawnableComponent) )
    class FACEBOOKTEST_API UFBAPIComponent : public UActorComponent

        // Sets default values for this component's properties

        DECLARE_DYNAMIC_MULTICAST_DELEGATE_OneParam(FOnAuth, FString, AuthToken);

        //Delegate instance
            FOnAuth OnAuthChangeDelegate;

        //UPROPERTY(EditAnywhere, BlueprintReadWrite, Category = "Online")
        UPROPERTY(EditAnywhere, BlueprintReadWrite, Category = "Online")
            FString AuthToken;

        //Subsystem instance
        IOnlineSubsystem* FBSubSystem;

        //NewAcount instance
        FOnlineAccountCredentials* NewAccount;

        //UFunction to login using username/Email and password
        UFUNCTION(BlueprintCallable, Category = "Online")
            virtual void FacebookLogin(FString UserName, FString Password);

        //Function which handles login and sets auth token
        virtual void ReturnAuthToken(int32 LocalUserNum, bool bWasSuccessful, const FUniqueNetId& UserId, const FString& Error);

        // Called when the game starts
        virtual void BeginPlay() override;

        // Called every frame
        virtual void TickComponent( float DeltaTime, ELevelTick TickType, FActorComponentTickFunction* ThisTickFunction ) override;



//GameSparks LTD

#include "FacebookTest.h" //Your project name
#include "FBAPIComponent.h" // The header of this CPP

// Sets default values for this component's properties
    // Set this component to be initialized when the game starts, and to be ticked every frame.  You can turn these features
    // off to improve performance if you don't need them.
    bWantsBeginPlay = true;
    PrimaryComponentTick.bCanEverTick = true;

    // ...

// Called when the game starts
void UFBAPIComponent::BeginPlay()

    //Make instance of online subsystem
    FBSubSystem = IOnlineSubsystem::Get(TEXT("Facebook"));

    //Init Subsystem

    //Assign Delegate Function to handle login
    FBSubSystem->GetIdentityInterface()->AddOnLoginCompleteDelegate_Handle(0, FOnLoginCompleteDelegate::CreateUObject(this, &UFBAPIComponent::ReturnAuthToken));


void UFBAPIComponent::ReturnAuthToken(int32 LocalUserNum, bool bWasSuccessful, const FUniqueNetId& UserId, const FString& Error)
    //Returns AuthToken
    AuthToken = FBSubSystem->GetIdentityInterface()->GetAuthToken(0);
    //Broadcast this delegate which will contain the AuthToken to be used by the GSFacebookConnectRequest node

void UFBAPIComponent::FacebookLogin(FString UserName, FString Password)
    //Exposed to Blueprint so UserName and Password can be passed in. Account type must be 'facebook' so the subsystem recognizes which authentication process to use.
    NewAccount = new FOnlineAccountCredentials;
    NewAccount->Id = UserName;
    NewAccount->Token = Password;
    NewAccount->Type = "facebook";

    //Use native subsystems' login
    FBSubSystem->GetIdentityInterface()->Login(0, *NewAccount);

// Called every frame
void UFBAPIComponent::TickComponent( float DeltaTime, ELevelTick TickType, FActorComponentTickFunction* ThisTickFunction )
    Super::TickComponent( DeltaTime, TickType, ThisTickFunction );

    // ...

Unreal Engine Editor and Blueprint

To get the Facebook authentication to work for Blueprint:

We have attached uassets which show an example of this working with a UMG Widget interface.