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LinkedIn (Deprecated)

This page is now deprecated. Please see the new guide on how to set up a social connection with LinkedIn.


Adding social connection with LinkedIn to your app with Clerk is done in a few steps - you only need to set the Client ID, Client Secret and Authorized redirect URI in your instance settings.

To make the development flow as smooth as possible, Clerk uses preconfigured shared OAuth credentials and redirect URIs for development instances - no other configuration is needed.

For production instances, you will need to generate your own Client ID and Client secret using your LinkedIn account.

The purpose of this guide is to help you create a LinkedIn account and a LinkedIn OAuth app - if you're looking for step-by-step instructions using Clerk to add social connection (OAuth) to your application, follow the Social connection (OAuth) guide.

Before you start

Configuring LinkedIn social connection

First, you need to create a new OAuth LinkedIn app.

Creating an OAuth LinkedIn app

You need to set a name, associate a LinkedIn page with it, and upload a logo for your new application. In the Clerk Dashboard, go to User & Authentication > Social Connections(opens in a new tab). From the list of OAuth vendors, toggle on the LinkedIn option.

In the modal that opened, ensure Use custom credentials is enabled and copy Authorized redirect URI. Paste the value into the Redirect URL of your LinkedIn app, as shown below.

Obtaining the Application ID and Client secret

The last thing you have to do is to enable the Sign in with LinkedIn product for your OAuth application.

Enable Sign In with LinkedIn product

If you need to ensure the longevity of the user's access token without the need for re-authentication, make sure to obtain approval as a Marketing Developer Platform (MDP) partner(opens in a new tab). This is not required if you don't directly interact with the LinkedIn API using the access token.

Copy the Application ID and Secret from the previous screen. Go back to the Clerk Dashboard and paste them into the respective fields.

Don't forget to click Apply in the Clerk dashboard. Congratulations! Social connection with LinkedIn is now configured for your instance.

Last updated on November 14, 2023

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