Provider Interfaces

When building an implementation of the User Storage SPI you have to define a provider class and a provider factory. Provider class instances are created per transaction by provider factories. Provider classes do all the heavy lifting of user lookup and other user operations. They must implement the org.keycloak.storage.UserStorageProvider interface.

package org.keycloak.storage;

public interface UserStorageProvider extends Provider {


    /**
     * Callback when a realm is removed.  Implement this if, for example, you want to do some
     * cleanup in your user storage when a realm is removed
     *
     * @param realm
     */
    default
    void preRemove(RealmModel realm) {

    }

    /**
     * Callback when a group is removed.  Allows you to do things like remove a user
     * group mapping in your external store if appropriate
     *
     * @param realm
     * @param group
     */
    default
    void preRemove(RealmModel realm, GroupModel group) {

    }

    /**
     * Callback when a role is removed.  Allows you to do things like remove a user
     * role mapping in your external store if appropriate

     * @param realm
     * @param role
     */
    default
    void preRemove(RealmModel realm, RoleModel role) {

    }

}

You may be thinking that the UserStorageProvider interface is pretty sparse? You’ll see later in this chapter that there are other mix-in interfaces your provider class may implement to support the meat of user integration.

UserStorageProvider instances are created once per transaction. When the transaction is complete, the UserStorageProvider.close() method is invoked and the instance is then garbage collections. Instances are created by provider factories. Provider factories implement the org.keycloak.storage.UserStorageProviderFactory interface.

package org.keycloak.storage;

/**
 * @author <a href="mailto:bill@burkecentral.com">Bill Burke</a>
 * @version $Revision: 1 $
 */
public interface UserStorageProviderFactory<T extends UserStorageProvider> extends ComponentFactory<T, UserStorageProvider> {

    /**
     * This is the name of the provider and will be showed in the admin console as an option.
     *
     * @return
     */
    @Override
    String getId();

    /**
     * called per Keycloak transaction.
     *
     * @param session
     * @param model
     * @return
     */
    T create(KeycloakSession session, ComponentModel model);
...
}

Provider factory classses must specify the concrete provider class as a template parameter when implementing the UserStorageProviderFactory. This is a must as the runtime will introspect this class to scan for its capabilities (the other interfaces it implements). So for example, if your provider class is named FileProvider, then the factory class should look like this:

public class FileProviderFactory implements UserStorageProviderFactory<FileProvider> {

    public String getId() { return "file-provider"; }

    public FileProvider create(KeycloakSession session, ComponentModel model) {
       ...
    }

The getId() method returns the name of the User Storage provider. This id will be displayed in the admin console’s UserFederation page when you want to enable the provider for a specific realm.

The create() method is responsible for allocating an instance of the provider class. It takes a org.keycloak.models.KeycloakSession parameter. This object can be used to lookup other information and metadata as well as provide access to various other components within the runtime. The ComponentModel parameter represents how the provider was enabled and configured within a specific realm. It contains the instance id of the enabled provider as well as any configuration you may have specified for it when you enabled through the admin console.

The UserStorageProviderFactory has other capabilities as well which we will go over later in this chapter.