Sample Project

Download a sample project specific to this tutorial configured with your Auth0 API Keys.

System Requirements
  • Ionic 1.x
  • AngularJS 1.5+
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To integrate Auth0 in a hybrid Ionic app, you can use the @auth0/cordova package available on npm. This package provides an interface with Cordova which allows you to use the Proof Key for Code Exchange (PKCE) spec. PKCE is recommended for native and hybrid applications to mitigate the threat of authorization code interception.

Please note that PKCE authentication requires testing on either an emulated or real device. Attempting authentication when testing in the browser will fail because PKCE requires a device browser.

Get Your Application Keys

When you signed up for Auth0, you created a new client.

Your application needs some details about this client to communicate with Auth0. You can get these details from the Settings section for your client in the Auth0 dashboard.

You need the following information:

  • Client ID
  • Domain

If you download the sample from the top of this page, these details are filled out for you. If you have more than one client in your account, the sample comes with the values for your Default App.

App Dashboard

Configure Callback URLs

A callback URL is a URL in your application where Auth0 redirects the user after they have authenticated.

You need to whitelist the callback URL for your app in the Allowed Callback URLs field in your Client Settings. If you do not set any callback URL, your users will see a mismatch error when they log in.

The Callback URL to be used for your application includes your app's package ID which is found in the config.xml file for your app.

Go to the Application Settings section in your Auth0 dashboard and set your Callback URL in the Allowed Callback URLs box.

# replace YOUR_PACKAGE_ID with your app package ID

Add file as an allowed origin to the Allowed Origins (CORS) box.


Lastly, be sure that the Client Type for your application is set to Native in the client settings.

Install the Dependencies

The required dependencies for using Auth0 in an Ionic application are auth0.js and auth0-cordova. Install them with npm or yarn.

# installation with npm
npm install auth0-js @auth0/cordova --save

# installation with yarn
yarn add auth0-js @auth0/cordova

Add Cordova Plugins

You must install the SafariViewController plugin from Cordova to be able to show Auth0's hosted login page. The downloadable sample project already has this plugin added, but if you are adding Auth0 to your own application, install the plugin via the command line.

ionic cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-safariviewcontroller

The CustomURLScheme plugin from Cordova is also required to handle redirects properly. The sample project has it already, but if you're adding Auth0 to your own project, install this plugin as well.

# replace YOUR_PACKAGE_ID with your app identifier
ionic cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-customurlscheme --variable URL_SCHEME={YOUR_PACKAGE_ID} --variable ANDROID_SCHEME={YOUR_PACKAGE_ID} --variable ANDROID_HOST=YOUR_AUTH0_DOMAIN --variable ANDROID_PATHPREFIX=/cordova/{YOUR_PACKAGE_ID}/callback

Modify config.xml

Add <preference name="AndroidLaunchMode" value="singleTask" /> to your config.xml. This will allow the Auth0 dialog to properly redirect back to your app.

Set Up URL Redirects

Use the onRedirectUri method from auth0-cordova when your app loads to properly handle redirects after authentication.

// www/js/app.js

var Auth0Cordova = require('@auth0/cordova');

angular.module('yourApp', ['ionic'])

.run(function($ionicPlatform) {
  $ionicPlatform.ready(function() {
    // ...
    function handleUrl(url) {

    window.handleOpenURL = handleUrl;


// ...

Note: The code samples shown in this tutorial assume that your app is using some kind of bundler like browserify or webpack to make npm modules available in a client application. The downloadable sample for this tutorial uses browserify to quickly bundle the JavaScript files for the app but you are free to use whichever bundler you like.

Create an Authentication Service and Configure Auth0

To coordinate authentication tasks, it's best to set up an injectable service that can be reused across the application. This service needs methods for logging users in and out, as well as checking their authentication state. Be sure to replace YOUR_PACKAGE_ID with the identifier for your app in the configuration block.

// www/js/services.js

angular.module('', [])

.factory('Auth', function($rootScope) {

  var Auth0Cordova = require('@auth0/cordova');
  var auth0 = require('auth0-js');
  var userProfile = {};

  var auth0Config = {
    clientId: 'YOUR_CLIENT_ID',
    domain: 'YOUR_AUTH0_DOMAIN',
    callbackURL: location.href,
    packageIdentifier: 'YOUR_PACKAGE_ID'

  auth0Config.clientID = auth0Config.clientId;

  var webAuth = new auth0.WebAuth(auth0Config);

  function setSession(authResult) {
    var expiresAt = JSON.stringify((authResult.expiresIn * 1000) + new Date().getTime());
    window.localStorage.setItem('access_token', authResult.accessToken);
    window.localStorage.setItem('id_token', authResult.idToken);
    window.localStorage.setItem('expires_at', expiresAt);

  function isAuthenticated() {
    var expiresAt = JSON.parse(window.localStorage.getItem('expires_at'));
    return < expiresAt;
  function getProfile(cb) {
    var accessToken = localStorage.getItem('access_token');
    if (!accessToken) {
      throw new Error('Access token must exist to fetch profile');

    webAuth.client.userInfo(accessToken, (err, profile) => {
      if (profile) {
        userProfile = profile;
      cb(err, profile);

  function login() {
    var client = new Auth0Cordova(auth0Config);

    var options = {
      scope: 'openid profile offline_access'

    client.authorize(options, function(err, authResult) {
      if (err) {
        throw new Error(err);
      if (authResult && authResult.accessToken && authResult.idToken) {

  function logout() {

  return {
    login: login,
    logout: logout,
    getProfile: getProfile,
    isAuthenticated: isAuthenticated

Add Login and Logout Controls

Add controls to your app to allow users to log in and log out. The controls should call the login and logout methods from the Auth service. Start by injecting the Auth service in a controller.

// www/js/controllers.js

angular.module('starter.controllers', [])

.controller('HomeCtrl', function($scope, Auth) {
  $scope.auth = Auth;

The Auth service is now accessible in the view and its login method can be called.

<!-- www/templates/tab-home.html -->

  class="button button-block button-positive"
    Log In

  class="button button-block button-assertive"
    Log Out

The Log In button is only displayed if the user has an unexpired access_token in local storage which is the indication that they are authenticated. The Log Out button is only displayed if the user isn't authenticated.

Display Profile Data

Your application will likely require some kind of profile area for users to see their information. Depending on your needs, this can also serve as the place for them to log out of the app.

Create a controller for a Profile area and make use of the Auth service within it.

// www/js/controllers.js

angular.module('starter.controllers', [])

// ...
.controller('ProfileCtrl', function($scope, Auth) {
  $scope.auth = Auth;

  if (Auth.isAuthenticated()) {
    if (Auth.userProfile) {
      $scope.profile = Auth.userProfile;
    } else {
      Auth.getProfile(function(err, profile) {
        if (err) {
          return alert(err);
        $scope.$evalAsync(function() {
          $scope.profile = profile;


The getProfile method from the Auth service makes a call to Auth0 for the user's profile and saves the result in a userProfile object in the Auth service.

The ProfileCtrl controller first checks whether the userProfile object is populated. If it is, that object is used to power the Profile view. If it isn't, a call to Auth0 is made for the profile.

Create a view for the profile.

<!-- www/templates/tab-profile.html -->

<ion-view view-title="Profile">
  <ion-content class="padding">
    <div ng-if="!auth.isAuthenticated()">
      <p>Please log in to view your profile.</p>
    <div ng-if="auth.isAuthenticated()" class="list card">
      <div class="item item-avatar">
        <img src="{{ profile.picture }}" alt="avatar">
        <h3>{{ }}</h3>
        <h4>{{ profile.nickname  }}</h4>
      <div class="item item-body">
        <pre>{{ profile | json }}</pre>


Cannot read property 'isAvailable' of undefined

This means that you're attempting to test this in a browser. At this time you'll need to run this either in an emulator or on a device.

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