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User Auth UI

Most Creative SDK components require an authenticated user. The User Auth UI component provides the user a familiar Adobe ID login screen where they can enter their Adobe ID username and password.

In this guide, we will cover how to display the Creative SDK User Auth UI component and check for an authenticated user.

By the end of this guide, we will have an Android app that:

  1. Shows the Adobe ID Login screen on launch (if a user is not already logged in)
  2. Shows the user the Main Activity (if a user is logged in)
  3. Allows the user to log out from the app menu



You can find companion GitHub repos for the Creative SDK developer guides on the Creative SDK GitHub organization.

Be sure to follow all instructions in the readme.


This guide will assume that you have installed all software and completed all of the steps in the Getting Started guide.

  • Your Client ID must be approved for Production Mode by Adobe before you release your app.
  • Make sure you have the Redirect URI that you receieved during the "Registering Your Application" section of the Getting Started guide. We will use during this guide.


Add the following Creative SDK dependency to your Module build.gradle file:

/* Add the CSDK framework dependency (Make sure the version number is correct) */
compile 'com.adobe.creativesdk.foundation:auth:0.9.2006-5'

Allowing the user to log in

For this example, user login involves the following flow in the Main Activity.

  1. The AdobeUXAuthManager is initialized. Note: this must be done before auth operations such as login and logout.
  2. The AdobeAuthSessionHelper retrieves the user's current auth status and supplies it in a callback.
  3. If the user is not logged in, they will see the Adobe ID login screen.
  4. You launch the Adobe ID login screen by calling AdobeUXAuthManager.login() and passing in an AdobeAuthSessionLauncher

These steps are numbered #1-4 in the code comments below:

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

    public static final String TAG = MainActivity.class.getSimpleName();

    /* 1 */
    private AdobeUXAuthManager mUXAuthManager = AdobeUXAuthManager.getSharedAuthManager();
    private AdobeAuthSessionHelper mAuthSessionHelper;

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        // ...

        /* 2 */
        mAuthSessionHelper = new AdobeAuthSessionHelper(mStatusCallback);


    private AdobeAuthSessionHelper.IAdobeAuthStatusCallback mStatusCallback;
        mStatusCallback = new AdobeAuthSessionHelper.IAdobeAuthStatusCallback() {
            public void call(AdobeAuthSessionHelper.AdobeAuthStatus adobeAuthStatus, AdobeAuthException e) {
                if (!mUXAuthManager.isAuthenticated()) {
                    /* 3 */
                } else {
                    Log.d(TAG, "Already logged in!");

    /* 4 */
    private void login() {

        AdobeAuthSessionLauncher authSessionLauncher = new AdobeAuthSessionLauncher.Builder()
                .withRequestCode(1001) // Can be any int


    // ...

At this point, we are handling User Auth for the Android onCreate() lifecycle method, but we need to handle other Activity lifecycle methods as well. We'll have a look at that in the next section.

Activity Lifecycle methods

The AdobeAuthSessionHelper contains methods for checking the user's auth status during all parts of the Activity Lifecycle.

Be sure to override the following Activity methods, calling the related AdobeAuthSessionHelper methods within:

    // ...

    protected void onResume() {

    protected void onPause() {

    protected void onStart() {

    protected void onStop() {

    protected void onDestroy() {

    public void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Intent data) {
        super.onActivityResult(requestCode, resultCode, data);
        mAuthSessionHelper.onActivityResult(requestCode, resultCode, data);

    // ...

Allowing the user to log out

Allowing a user to log out is quite simple. All we need to do is call the AdobeUXAuthManager.logout() method. This can be done in as little as one line of code.

For example, in our Main Activity, if we have a menu item with an ID of action_logout in menu_main.xml, we could do the following (see comments #1-2):

    public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
        getMenuInflater().inflate(R.menu.menu_main, menu);
        return true;

    public boolean onOptionsItemSelected(MenuItem item) {
        int id = item.getItemId();

        /* 1) If the user selects the logout action from the menu */
        if (id == R.id.action_logout) {
            /* 2) Log the user out */

        return super.onOptionsItemSelected(item);

Now that you have implemented User Auth, you're ready to move on the other Creative SDK components!

Troubleshooting and Known Issues

Articles about common issues are at help.creativesdk.com, along with a place to submit tickets for bugs, feature requests, and general feedback.

Class Reference

In this guide, we used the classes in the list below. Explore the documentation for more class methods and details.

  • AdobeAuthSessionHelper
  • AdobeAuthSessionHelper.AdobeAuthStatus
  • AdobeAuthSessionHelper.IAdobeAuthStatusCallback
  • AdobeUXAuthManager