Error in silent refresh of token with google account


In an angular CLI web application I need to authenticate users with google accounts.

I’m using the angular_oauth_oidc library to manage all oauth-related tasks. I’ve configured the OAutService for automatic silent refresh.
I can see in fiddler that the service is making the request for token refresh, but the response is an error.

This is the request (without sensitive information) to

GET /o/oauth2/v2/auth?response_type=id_token%20token&client_id=[MY_CLIENT_ID]&state=[MY_STATE]&redirect_uri=http%3A%2F%2Flocalhost%3A4200%2Fassets%2Fsilent-refresh.html&scope=openid%20profile%20email&nonce=[MY_NONCE]&prompt=none&id_token_hint=[MY TOKEN] HTTP/1.1

And this is the response:

HTTP/1.1 302 Found
Content-Type: application/binary
Cache-Control: no-cache, no-store, max-age=0, must-revalidate
Pragma: no-cache
Expires: Mon, 01 Jan 1990 00:00:00 GMT
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 15:49:21 GMT
Location: http://localhost:4200/assets/silent-refresh.html#state=[STATE]&error_subtype=access_denied&error=interaction_required

According to the library documentation and the oidc standard, the request has all the required parameters but I can’t make it work.

Did someone succeed making automatic silent token refresh with google accounts?

Thank you


You have this error:

  • error_subtype=access_denied
  • error=interaction_required

If you include this in your client side application you should also see that on the console:

import { OAuthErrorEvent } from 'angular-oauth2-oidc';
// ...
// Wherever you set up the library, do this: => (e instanceof OAuthErrorEvent) ? console.error(e) : console.warn(e));

Basically, the errors mean that your IDS refuses to send a token to the Angular application until the user has had some kind of interaction with the IDS. Typically this means either (re-)entering your username and/or password, or giving some kind of consent.

On the client side, when this happens, you should call initImplicitFlow(). In my sample repository I do that along these lines:

return this.oauthService.loadDiscoveryDocument()
  .then(() => this.oauthService.tryLogin())
  .then(() => {
    if (this.oauthService.hasValidAccessToken()) {
      return Promise.resolve();

    // 2. SILENT LOGIN:
    return this.oauthService.silentRefresh()
      .then(() => Promise.resolve())
      .catch(result => {
        // Subset of situations from
        // Only the ones where it's reasonably sure that sending the
        // user to the IdServer will help.
        const errorResponsesRequiringUserInteraction = [

        if (result
          && result.reason
          && errorResponsesRequiringUserInteraction.indexOf(result.reason.error) >= 0) {

          // Enable this to ALWAYS force a user to login.

          // Should be superfluous, user should be redirected to IDS already...
          return Promise.reject();

        return Promise.reject(result);

Answered By – Jeroen

Answer Checked By – Candace Johnson (AngularFixing Volunteer)

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