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What is OAuth?

OAuth is an authorization framework that allows clients, such as mobile code or desktop applications, to access server resources on behalf of a resource owner. OAuth was originally developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to provide authorization for web applications. Because OAuth does not require users to share their passwords with third-party developers, it is suitable for use in social networking and code review scenarios where users want more control over their account information than what traditional authentication systems offer.

Additional topics related to OAuth include usability, security concerns, and open standards.