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👮‍♀️ Gimme 👮‍♂️

screenshot of the Gimme UI

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ℹ️ About

Gimme's purpose is to allow you to move your organisation to a point where people only have the basic permissions they need to do their job. Using Gimme anyone can then grant others additional access to resources, for example during an incident or to help troubleshoot or debug an issue. Gimme leverages time bound IAM Conditions to ensure people only gain truly temporary extra privileges.

NOTE: In order to be able to use Gimme you'll need to have access to the private beta of the IAM Conditions Framework in Google Cloud Platform. You can sign up for it over here.

Gimme uses OAuth to authenticate users and obtain an access token, which it will then use for any action it takes. As such, the person attempting to grant someone else additional permissions needs to have the necessary rights on the target resource to do so. This normally means they need to be an owner or editor of the resource, or have been granted the capability to modify the IAM policy of the resource.

⚕️ Current state

Gimme is in its very early stages. It currently only supports granting access to users (not groups or service accounts) and only supports a couple of roles it can grant. Additionally, it only supports time bound conditions and only on the project level, not for example on an individual bucket or BQ dataset.

None of these limitations are hard to lift, we just haven't gotten around to it yet.

⚡ Installation

Gimme is a Python 2.7 (b/c App Engine) application. Its dependencies are managed by pipenv. You can generate a requirements.txt with pipenv lock -r.

Though Gimme can be hosted on App Engine it does not rely on the App Engine SDK for Python. As such you can just pipenv install the app locally and don't have to deal with gcloud or the

  1. Clone the project
  2. pipenv shell --two to create/activate a virtualenv (you only need the --two the first time)
  3. pipenv install to install the app's dependencies (except for AppEngine stuff)

🔧 Configuration

Gimme doesn't have a lot of nobs worth tweaking and those that you can tweak are available as environment variables. It's generally configured to be as paranoid as possible when the production settings are loaded, and is a bit more lax when the development and testing settings are loaded.

  • GIMME_SETTINGS: path to a .py file with contents similar to one of the Config classes from This gives you complete control over all settings and circumvents any safeguards we might have built-in when it comes to handling those. Use with caution.

Other important variables are:

  • GIMME_ALLOWED_GSUITE_DOMAINS=space separtaed list of domains: Enforces that the person trying to use the app is logged in with a Google account matching one of the listed domains. If that's not the case, access is denied and all they can do is logout. The domain(s) should be the part after the @ sign in the email address, so for example, or ''
  • GOOGLE_OAUTH_CLIENT_ID=<client id>
  • GOOGLE_OAUTH_CLIENT_SECRET=<client secret>

You can get those from the API & Services menu in the Google Cloud Console once you've set up an OAuth consent screen. You'll need to go to Credentials > Create Credentials > OAuth Client ID.

And when developing locally:

  • GIMME_DEV=true
  • FLASK_ENV=development

It's advisable to have a separate OAuth Client ID for development than you have for production, and configure a separate OAuth consent screen for it.

🚀 Deploying

This largely depends on how you prefer to deploy applications. You can install the code directly on a server and hook it into something like mod_python with Apache, or a uwsgi+nginx combination. You can also pack it up in a container with uwsgi.

Please note that you should absolutely not ever use the Flask provided webserver, which is only suited for development.

App Engine Standard

In order to deploy this app to App Engine you need to be a Google Cloud customer. We recommend creating a separate project for this application so it can live in its own, isolated environment.

First, you'll need to vendor the dependencies by executing:

$ pipenv run pip install -r <(pipenv lock -r) --target lib/

Collecting blinker==1.4 (from -r /dev/fd/63 (line 2))
Collecting certifi==2018.4.16 (from -r /dev/fd/63 (line 3))
  Using cached
Installing collected packages: blinker, certifi, chardet, click, decorator, markupsafe, jinja2, itsdangerous, werkzeug, flask, oauthlib, urllib3, idna, requests, requests-oauthlib, six, lazy, urlobject, flask-dance, wtforms, flask-wtf, validators
Successfully installed blinker-1.4 certifi-2018.4.16 chardet-3.0.4 click-6.7 decorator-4.3.0 flask-1.0.2 flask-dance-1.0.0 flask-wtf-0.14.2 idna-2.7 itsdangerous-0.24 jinja2-2.10 lazy-1.3 markupsafe-1.0 oauthlib-2.1.0 requests-2.19.1 requests-oauthlib-1.0.0 six-1.11.0 urllib3-1.23 urlobject-2.4.3 validators-0.12.2 werkzeug-0.14.1 wtforms-2.2.1

The vendored dependencies in lib/ will automatically get picked up on due to the configuration in

Once that's done you can run a gcloud --project=<YOUR PROJECT> app deploy app.yaml to deploy the application. Once that's done a gcloud --project=<YOUR PROJECT> app browse will open up a browser for you present you with your deployed application.

For further information on how to deploy to App Engine, how to use the preview environment, do rolling deploys etc. please review the gcloud app help and documentation.


A sample Dockerfile is included which builds an Alpine based image hosting Gimme on uWSGI. You can check the Dockerfile for the configuration options passed to uWSGI. If they are not to your liking you can inherit from this Dockerfile and override the CMD instruction.

In order to build it a requirements.txt needs to be generated first, and then the image can be built as usual:

$ pipenv lock -r > requirements.txt

$ docker build . -t gimme:<version>
Step 16/16 : CMD [ "/usr/sbin/uwsgi", ...]
 ---> Running in aaaaaaaaaaa
Removing intermediate container aaaaaaaaaaa
 ---> bbbbbbbbbbbbb
Successfully built bbbbbbbbbbbbb
Successfully tagged gimme:<version>

You can now start the container:

$ docker run -p 5000:5000 -e "GOOGLE_OAUTH_CLIENT_ID=<CLIENT_ID>" -e "GOOGLE_OAUTH_CLIENT_SECRET=<CLIENT_SECRET>" gimme:<version>

*** Starting uWSGI 2.0.17 (64bit) on [Wed Jul  4 11:57:47 2018] ***
*** Operational MODE: preforking ***
WSGI app 0 (mountpoint='') ready in 1 seconds on interpreter 0x7f03ca146740 pid: 1 (default app)
*** uWSGI is running in multiple interpreter mode ***
spawned uWSGI master process (pid: 1)
spawned uWSGI worker 1 (pid: 8, cores: 1)
spawned uWSGI worker 2 (pid: 9, cores: 1)
spawned uWSGI worker 3 (pid: 10, cores: 1)
spawned uWSGI worker 4 (pid: 11, cores: 1)
spawned uWSGI http 1 (pid: 12)

At this point trying to access the application will probably give you an error related to the OAuth redirect URL not matching what you've configured.

You'll need to put this behind a load balancer (or at the very least a proxy) and ensure the Host, X-Real-IP, X-Forwarded-For and X-Forwarded-Proto are passed on correctly. Here's an nginx sample:

server {
  listen 443;

  location / {
      proxy_pass         http://<EXTERNAL_CONTAINER_IP>:5000/;
      proxy_redirect     off;

      proxy_set_header   Host                 $host;
      proxy_set_header   X-Real-IP            $remote_addr;
      proxy_set_header   X-Forwarded-For      $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
      proxy_set_header   X-Forwarded-Proto    $scheme;

This should ensure Flask will now generate URLs with a base of which you can now properly whitelist.

🚧 Development

Once you've set the necessary configuration variables in your environment as detailed in the Configuration section, you can start the app with:

$ flask run
 * Serving Flask app "" (lazy loading)
 * Environment: development
 * Debug mode: on
 * Running on (Press CTRL+C to quit)
 * Restarting with stat
 * Debugger is active!
 * Debugger PIN: XXX-YYY-ZZZ

At this point you can open your browser, point it at and you should be greeted by a Google login screen.

💉 Testing

Gimme comes with a suite of unit tests powered by pytest. We additionally check and enforce a number of things through flake8 and a few of its plugins.

In order to run the tests you can:

$ pytest --verbose -x --flake8 --cov=gimme --cov-report=term tests/

============================ test session starts ============================
plugins: freezegun-0.2.0, flake8-1.0.1, cov-2.5.1

---------- coverage: platform linux2, python 2.7.14-final-0 ----------
Name                Stmts   Miss Branch BrPart  Cover
gimme/         10      0      0      0   100%
gimme/       67      0     23      0   100%
gimme/      29      0      2      0   100%
gimme/         20      0      2      0   100%
TOTAL                 126      0     27      0   100%

==================== 37 passed, 5 skipped in 1.12 seconds ====================

🤸 Contributing

We will gladly accept contributions. As with all Spotify projects, participation is governed by the Open Code of Conduct and you are expected to honor this code.

For any contributions to the Python parts of the code base tests are required. We will not accept contributions that are not covered by tests or that decrease the current test coverage. If you're unfamiliar with testing, please take a look at the code in the tests/ directory first. Should you need further help feel free to ask for it when you raise a Pull Request.

📝 License

Copyright 2018 Spotify AB.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0:

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