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A Step-by-Step Guide to using VZ as Your Login Handler

Why VZ-ID?

If your website requires authenticated users which have to sign up in first place, this process is usually considered as a conversion killer. Users are more likely to sign up if they can use their already existing credentials. This is where VZ-ID comes into play. It offers an easy-to-use API which integrates with your website's user management. The following guide will describe how the integration can be achieved with a few lines of code.

The following guide was created using a MeinVZ developer account, but it will work for the other platforms in the same fashion.

Step 1: Go to the developer section

Before you can integrate VZ-ID you are required to sign in as a developer on either one of the following platforms: StudiVZ, MeinVZ or SchülerVZ. Your account will be activated after it went though our validation and approval process.

Step 2: Create a new service

Before you can use the API, you will be requested to create a "service" which contains information about your website that is about to use VZ-ID.

  • Service Name is just an identifier to help you to identify your current website among other websites and services you already created or you might create in future
  • Description describes the nature of your website
  • Callback URL must be an accessible URL within your domain. You will copy an HTML file there which will be provided later in this tutorial


Step 3: Copy your access data

A successfully completed service creation will guide you to the following interface. It shows all credentials which you will need in order to integrate VZ-ID on your website.

  • Copy your key and your secret to the clipboard, you will need it during the next step.


Step 4: Start coding

    $consumerKey = 'consumer key';
    $consumerSecret = 'consumer secret';
    $cookieKey = 'vz_' . $consumerKey;
    $requiredFields = array('name', 'emails');
    $redirectUrl = 'http://path/to/vzid-democlient/callback.html';
    $registrationUrl = 'http://path/to/vzid-democlient/registration.php';
        <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
        <script src="http://static.pe.studivz.net/Js/id/v2/library.js"
        data-authorityssl="platform-redirect.vz-modules.net/r" type="text/javascript">
    <script type="text/javascript">
    function logResponse(c) {
        if (c.error) {

        var parameters = 'access_token=' + c.access_token;
        parameters += '&user_id=' + c.user_id;
        parameters += '&signature=' + c.signature;
        parameters += '&issued_at=' + c.issued_at;

        document.cookie = '<?php echo $cookieKey ?>' + '=' +  encodeURIComponent(parameters);
        document.location.href = '<?php echo $registrationUrl ?>';
    <script type="vz/login">
       client_id : <?php echo $consumerKey . PHP_EOL ?>
       redirect_uri : <?php echo $redirectUrl . PHP_EOL ?>
       callback : logResponse
       fields : <?php echo implode(',', $requiredFields) . PHP_EOL ?>