Python API: Authorization
This tutorial demonstrates how to add authorization to a Python API built with Flask. We recommend you to Log in to follow this quickstart with examples configured for your account.
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Configure Auth0 APIs
Create an API
In the APIs section of the Auth0 dashboard, click Create API. Provide a name and an identifier for your API, for example
https://quickstarts/api. You will use the identifier as an
audience later, when you are configuring the Access Token verification. For Signing Algorithm, select RS256.
By default, your API uses RS256 as the algorithm for signing tokens. Since RS256 uses a private/public keypair, it verifies the tokens against the public key for your Auth0 account. The public key is in the JSON Web Key Set (JWKS) format, and can be accessed here.
Scopes let you define which resources can be accessed by the user with a given Access Token. For example, you might choose to grant read access to the
messages resource if users have the manager access level, and a write access to that resource if they have the administrator access level.
You can add the required scopes in the Scopes tab of the Auth0 Dashboard's APIs section.
This example demonstrates:
Validate Access Tokens
Add the following dependencies to your
Create a Flask application
server.py file and initialize the Flask application. Set the domain, audience and the error handling.
Create the JWT validation decorator
Add a decorator which verifies the Access Token against your JWKS.
Individual routes can be configured to look for a particular
scope in the Access Token by using the following:
Protect API Endpoints
The routes shown below are available for the following requests:
GET /api/public: available for non-authenticated requests
GET /api/private: available for authenticated requests containing an Access Token with no additional scopes
GET /api/private-scoped: available for authenticated requests containing an Access Token with the
You can use the decorators and functions define above in the corresponding endpoints.