its like a swipe card for aliens

Its kind of hilarious that out of everything I’ve done in the last couple of months this is the thing I decide to come up for air with, but its been that kind of a day. This is the result of three hours of study and hacking. Its using the new IMAP OAUTH mechanism implemented by Gmail to let me login as one of my users via IMAP.

#!/usr/bin/env perl

use warnings;
use strict;

use Net::OAuth;
use URI::Escape;
use MIME::Base64;
use Mail::IMAPClient;

# user to connect as
my $username = q{some.user};
# apps domain
my $domain   = q{};
# oauth consumer secret. dig it out of the "advanced settings" area of the apps dashboard
my $secret   = q{abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwx};

my $url = ''.$username.'@'.$domain.'/imap/';

my $oauth = Net::OAuth->request('consumer')->new(
    consumer_key     => $domain,
    consumer_secret  => $secret,
    request_url      => $url,
    request_method   => 'GET',
    signature_method => 'HMAC-SHA1',
    timestamp        => time,
    nonce            => int(rand(99999999)),
    extra_params => {
        'xoauth_requestor_id' => $username.'@'.$domain,

my $sig = $oauth->to_authorization_header;
$sig =~ s/^OAuth/'GET '.$oauth->request_url.'?xoauth_requestor_id='.uri_escape($username.'@'.$domain)/e;
$sig = encode_base64($sig, '');

my $imap = Mail::IMAPClient->new(
    Server        => '',
    Port          => 993,
    Ssl           => 1,
    Uid           => 1,
$imap->authenticate('XOAUTH', sub { $sig }) or die "auth failed: ".$imap->LastError;

print "$_\n" for $imap->folders;

I guess three-legged OAuth would be pretty similar to get going, but I don’t have a particular need for it right now.