Integrate with Azure API Management
Azure's API Management service allows you to create new APIs or import existing API definitions and publish them for use by the approved audiences. Auth0 makes authorizing users of your API (using OAuth 2.0 standards) easy.
In this tutorial, we'll show you how to use Auth0 to authenticate users trying to access an API managed by Azure API Management. More specifically, we will:
Create an Auth0 API and Machine to Machine Application.
Create a Connection to store your users.
Create a user to test your integration when you've finished setting it up.
Create an Azure API Management instance on the Azure Portal.
Import a basic calculator API (this sample API is provided by Microsoft).
Configure an OAuth 2.0 Server for the API Management instance.
Set Auth0 as the OAuth 2.0 Server handling authentication requests to the API
Test the Auth0-Azure API integration
Whenever a user attempts to make a call to the Basic Calculator API, they are asked to provide credentials to an Auth0-provided login screen. Only by providing valid credentials is the user allowed to make a call to the API.
Step 1: Create an API and Machine to Machine Application
An API is an entity that represents an external resource that's capable of accepting and responding to requests made by applications. You'll need to create an Auth0 API using the Management Dashboard to represent the API managed by Azure's API Management Service that you want secured by Auth0.
You'll also need a Machine to Machine Application, which represents your application and allows use of Auth0 for authentication. When you create an API, Auth0 automatically creates an associated Machine to Machine Application by default.
Set the following parameters to create your new API:
|Name||A descriptive name for your API. In this example, we'll use
|Identifier||A logical and unique identifier for your API. We recommend using a URL, but it doesn't have to be a publicly-available URL since Auth0 doesn't call your API. You cannot modify this value at a later point. We'll use
|Signing Algorithm||The method used to sign the tokens issued by Auth0. Choose from
When complete, click Create.
When your API is ready, you'll be shown the Quick Start page for the API. Switch over to the Machine to Machine Applications view. You'll see that Auth0 has also created and enabled a Machine to Machine Application for use with your API.
Step 2: Create a Connection
Navigate to Auth0 Dashboard > Authentication > Database, and click Create DB Connection.
The only thing you'll need to provide at this time is a descriptive Name for your connection. We suggest choosing a name that reflects the source of users (such as
site-sign-ups for a database connection where users sign up on your site).
Click Create to proceed.
Enable the Connection for Your Application
Once Auth0 has created your Connection, you'll be redirected to your Connection's Settings page. Switch over to the Applications view, where you'll see a full list of all the Applications you have with this account. You'll need to enable the Connection for use with the Machine to Machine Application that you're using with your API.
Step 3: Create a User
Finally, we'll create a user that we use later on to test the integration.
Go to Auth0 Dashboard > User Management > Users, and select Create User.
Provide an email and password for your new user. Be sure to indicate that this user should use BasicCalculator in the Connection field.
Connection to the connection you created earlier (which, if you're following along with our example, is
Click Save to proceed.
At this point, you've set up Auth0 for use as an OAuth 2.0 authorization server. You will now configure the Azure API Management Service and import an API for use with the service.
Step 4: Create Your API Management Instance
You'll need an account with access to Microsoft's Azure Portal for the rest of this tutorial.
To create a new API management service, click Create a resource in the left-hand navigation bar. Once redirected, click Web > API Management.
You'll be asked to provide the following configuration variables:
|Name||The name for your service (which will also be used to create the URL you need to access the service)|
|Subscription||The Azure subscription plan with which you'll use with the service|
|Resource group||The collection of resources sharing a lifecycle, permissions, and policies. You can use an existing resource group or you can create a new one (you'll need to provide a name for the group if you create a new one)|
|Location||Choose the location that services your API instance|
|Organization name||The name of your organization|
|Administrator email||The email address of the person who will be administering this instance|
|Pricing tier||The pricing tier you want, which determines the number of calls you can make to your API, as well as the maximum amount of data transfer allowed. You must opt for the Developer plan or higher; the Consumption plan does not offer sufficient functionality for this integration to work.|
You can also choose to Enable Application Insights. If you do, select the Application Insights instance you would like to use.
Click Create to begin provisioning your service.
Step 5: Import Your API
For this tutorial, we will be importing and using the Calculator API provided by Microsoft. You can, however, create your own API instead of using the Calculator API.
For detailed instructions on how to do so, see Import and Publish Your First API
When done, click Create to import your API. You'll be redirected to the summary page for your API when it's fully imported.
To use Auth0 to secure your API, you'll need to register Auth0 as an OAuth 2.0 Authorization Server. You can do so using the Azure Publisher Portal.
Find the Security area of your API Management service instance's near left navigation bar, and click OAuth 2.0.
Click on Add. You'll see the Add OAuth2 service configuration screen that lets you provide details about your Auth0 tenant.
For the purposes of this example, we'll use the Authorization Code grant type, but you're free to use whichever grant type is most appropriate for your use case. Azure currently supports the following grant types:
Resource Owner Password
Set the following parameters:
|Display name||A descriptive name for your authorization server, such as
|Id||The identifying name for this Azure resource -- this field should auto-populate based on the display name you provide|
|Description||A description for your authorization server, such as
|Client registration page URL||The page where users can create or manage their accounts; for the purposes of this example, we'll use
|Authorization code grant types||The grant type used for authorization. Select
|Authorization endpoint URL||The URL Azure uses to make the authorization request. See the Auth0 docs on generating the URL|
|Authorization request method||The HTTP method used by Azure to make the authorization request. By default, this is
|Token endpoint URL||The endpoint used to exchange authorization grants for Access Tokens; Auth0's can be reached at
|Client authentication methods||Method used to authenticate the application; Auth0's is
|Access Token sending method||The location of the Access Token in the sending method (typically the Authorization header)|
|Default scope||Specify a default scope (if necessary)|
Because we're using the authorization code grant, we'll need to provide the client ID and client secret for the machine-to-machine application we previously registered. You can find both values in the Application Settings.
Once you've provided both the client ID and client secret, you'll see an auto-generated redirect URI. Copy this URL, you'll need it for your Auth0 Application Settings page in the Allowed Callback URLs section.
If you're using the resource owner password flow, you'll need to provide the resource owner username and resource owner password instead of the client ID and secret.
When complete, click Create to persist your changes.
Set the Allowed Callback URL
You'll need to provide the redirect URI that was auto-generated during the OAuth 2.0 authorization server setup process to Auth0. Navigate to Auth0 Dashboard > Applications > Applications. Select your Application, and select the Settings view. Paste the URL into the Allowed Callback URLs field.
Before you can use Auth0 to secure your API, you'll need to set your API to use Auth0.
In the near-left navigation column, click APIs. Select the Basic Calculator API; this redirects you to the Design tab.
Click over to the Settings tab.
Scroll to the Security section, and under User Authorization, select OAuth 2.0. In the Authorization Server field that appears, select the server you configured in the previous step.
Step 8: Test Your Integration
While logged in to the Azure Portal, open up your instance of the API Management Service. Click Developer Console to launch the developer-facing side of your APIs.
Go to APIs > Basic Calculator (or the API you've created for this tutorial). This opens up to the page where you can make a
GET call that allows you to add two integers.
Click Try It. This will bring up the page where you can provide the parameters for your call.
Scroll down to the Authorization section. Next to the Auth0 field, select Authorization Code.
At this point, you'll see the Auth0 login widget in a popup window (if you don't, disable your popup blocker). Provide the credentials for the Auth0 user you created earlier in the tutorial, and sign in.
If you were able to successfully sign in, you'll see a message appear with the expiration date of the Access Token you need to call the API.
Scroll to the bottom, and click Send to send your request. If successful, you'll see a message containing the
HTTP 200 response at the bottom of the page.
Configure a JWT validation policy for Access Tokens
In the previous step, the user is prompted to sign in when they try to make a call from the Developer Console. The Developer Console attempts to obtain an Access Token on behalf of the user to be included in the API request. All Access Tokens will be passed to the API via the