Passwordless Authentication with Email

You can configure a Passwordless connection to send a one-time password (OTP) to a user through email to complete authentication.

To learn more, read Configure Email or SMS for Passwordless Authentication.

How it works

When a new user receives an OTP and enters it for the first time on your website, their user profile is created on the email connection before being authenticated by Auth0.

If the email address that the OTP was sent to matches an existing user, Auth0 authenticates the user:

Embedded Login

Passwordless email workflow diagram with embedded login

Universal Login

Passwordless email workflow diagram with universal login

Configure the connection

  1. Navigate to Auth0 Dashboard > Authentication > Passwordless, and enable the Email toggle.

  2. Select Email to open the configuration window, switch to the Settings view, and then enter your email's From, Subject, and Message text.

  3. Configure OTP Expiry and OTP Length.

    • Only the last OTP (or link) issued will be accepted. Once the latest one is issued, any others are invalidated. Once used, the latest one is also invalidated.

    • Only three failed attempts to input the OTP are allowed. After this, a new code will need to be requested.

    • The OTP issued will be valid (by default) for three minutes before it expires.

    • If you choose to extend the amount of time it takes for your OTP to expire, you should also extend the length of the OTP. Otherwise, an attacker has a larger window of time to attempt to guess a short code.

  4. Decide if you want to Disable Sign Ups. If you enable this setting, you can allow passwordless access for only existing users, but may expose your application to the threat of user enumeration attacks. To learn more, read Passwordless Connections Best Practices.

  5. Select Save.

Multi-language support

The Message area supports multiple languages.

To specify a language, call the Auth0 Authentication API Get Code or Link endpoint and set the value of the x-request-language header. When this header is not set, the language is extracted from the accept-language header, which is automatically set by the browser.

Message syntax

The Message area accepts Liquid syntax. You can use this syntax, combined with parameter values, to programmatically construct elements of the message.

For example, you can reference the request_language parameter to change the language of the message:

{% if request_language contains 'dutch' %}
   Hier is uw verificatie code: {{ code }}
{% endif %}
{% if request_language contains 'fr-FR' %}
   Ceci est votre code: {{ code }}
{% endif %}

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The following parameters are available when defining the message template:

Parameter Description
code The password to use.
link The generated sign-in link. The name of the application with which the user is signing up.
request_language The requested language for message content.
operation Indicates when the template has been triggered by an update to a user's email through the API. When triggered, the value is change_email, otherwise it is null.

If the user is logged in through an Organization, the following parameters are also available:


  • organization.display_name


  • organization.metadata

  • organization.branding.logo_url

  • organization.branding.colors.primary

  • organization.branding.colors.page_background

For more information on these parameters and their values, read the Auth0 Management API Get organization endpoint.

Enable applications

Switch to the Applications view, and enable the applications for which you would like to use Passwordless Email.

Email providers

Auth0 sends emails from its own SMTP provider by default. Auth0's built-in email provider is designed solely for testing purposes and does not support customization of email templates.

Configure your own SMTP email provider to manage, monitor, and troubleshoot your email communications, and customize email templates.

Auth0 supports the following email providers: