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By Andres Aguiar

Sample Project

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

System Requirements
  • AngularJS 1.6
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Before you start

This guide walks you through setting up authentication and authorization in your AngularJS apps with Auth0. If you are new to Auth0, check our Overview. For a complete picture of authentication and authorization for all Single Page Applications, check our SPA + API documentation.

Auth0 uses OAuth. If you want to learn more about the OAuth flows used by Single Page Applications, read about Authentication for Client-side Web Apps.

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.

If you are following along with the sample project, Allowed Callback URLs should be set to http://localhost:3000/callback.

Install auth0.js

You need the auth0.js library to integrate Auth0 into your application.

Install auth0.js using npm or yarn.

# installation with npm
npm install --save auth0-js

# installation with yarn
yarn add auth0-js

Once you install auth0.js, add it to your build system or bring it in to your project with a script tag.

<script type="text/javascript" src="node_modules/auth0-js/build/auth0.js"></script>

If you do not want to use a package manager, you can retrieve auth0.js from Auth0's CDN.

<script src=""></script>

Install angular-auth0

To use auth0.js in your AngularJS application, you need a thin wrapper called angular-auth0.

Install angular-auth0 using npm or yarn.

# installation with npm
npm install --save angular-auth0

# installation with yarn
yarn add angular-auth0

Once you install angular-auth0, add it to your build system or bring it in to your project as a script tag.

<script type="text/javascript" src="node_modules/angular-auth0/dist/angular-auth0.js"></script>

Add Authentication with Auth0

Universal login is the easiest way to set up authentication in your application. We recommend using it for the best experience, best security and the fullest array of features. This guide will use it to provide a way for your users to log in to your AngularJS application.

You can also embed the Lock widget directly in your application. If you use this method, some features, such as single sign-on, will not be accessible. To learn how to embed the Lock widget in your application, follow the Embedded Login sample.

When a user logs in, Auth0 returns three items:

You can use these items in your application to set up and manage authentication.

Configure angular-auth0

The angular-auth0 wrapper comes with a provider called angularAuth0Provider. The provider has an init method which takes a configuration object used to create an instance of the WebAuth object from auth0.js.

Inject the angularAuth0Provider provider. In the options object you pass to angularAuth0Provider.init, include the following information:

  • Configuration for your client and domain
  • Response type, to show that you need a user's Access Token and an ID Token after authentication
  • Audience and scope, which specify that authentication must be OIDC-conformant
  • The URL where you want to redirect your users after authentication.

In this tutorial, the route is /callback, which is implemented in the Add a Callback Component step.

// app/app.js

(function () {

  'use strict';

    .module('app', ['auth0.auth0', 'ui.router'])

  config.$inject = [

  function config(
  ) {

      .state('home', {
        url: '/',
        controller: 'HomeController',
        templateUrl: 'app/home/home.html',
        controllerAs: 'vm'
      .state('callback', {
        url: '/callback',
        controller: 'CallbackController',
        templateUrl: 'app/callback/callback.html',
        controllerAs: 'vm'

    // Initialization for the angular-auth0 library
      clientID: 'YOUR_CLIENT_ID',
      domain: 'YOUR_AUTH0_DOMAIN',
      responseType: 'token id_token',
      audience: 'https://YOUR_AUTH0_DOMAIN/userinfo',
      redirectUri: 'http://localhost:3000/callback',
      scope: 'openid'



    /// Comment out the line below to run the app
    // without HTML5 mode (will use hashes in routes)


Create an Authentication Service

Create a reusable service to manage and coordinate user authentication. You can call the service's methods from your application.

You can give the service any name. In the examples below, the service is authService and the filename is auth.service.js.

Create a service and provide a login method that calls the authorize method from angular-auth0.

// app/auth/auth.service.js

(function () {

  'use strict';

    .service('authService', authService);

  authService.$inject = ['$state', 'angularAuth0', '$timeout'];

  function authService($state, angularAuth0, $timeout) {

    function login() {

    return {
      login: login

Checkpoint: Try to call the login method from somewhere in your application to see the login page.

hosted login

Finish the Service

Add more methods to the authService service to handle authentication in the app.

The example below shows the following methods:

  • handleAuthentication: looks for the result of authentication in the URL hash. Then, the result is processed with the parseHash method from auth0.js
  • setSession: sets the user's Access Token and ID Token, and the Access Token's expiry time
  • logout: removes the user's tokens and expiry time from browser storage
  • isAuthenticated: checks whether the expiry time for the user's Access Token has passed
// app/auth/auth.service.js

(function () {

  'use strict';

    .service('authService', authService);

  authService.$inject = ['$state', 'angularAuth0', '$timeout'];

  function authService($state, angularAuth0, $timeout) {

    // ...    
    function handleAuthentication() {
      angularAuth0.parseHash(function(err, authResult) {
        if (authResult && authResult.accessToken && authResult.idToken) {
        } else if (err) {
          $timeout(function() {

    function setSession(authResult) {
      // Set the time that the Access Token will expire at
      let expiresAt = JSON.stringify((authResult.expiresIn * 1000) + new Date().getTime());
      localStorage.setItem('access_token', authResult.accessToken);
      localStorage.setItem('id_token', authResult.idToken);
      localStorage.setItem('expires_at', expiresAt);
    function logout() {
      // Remove tokens and expiry time from localStorage
    function isAuthenticated() {
      // Check whether the current time is past the 
      // Access Token's expiry time
      let expiresAt = JSON.parse(localStorage.getItem('expires_at'));
      return new Date().getTime() < expiresAt;

    return {
      // ...
      handleAuthentication: handleAuthentication,
      logout: logout,
      isAuthenticated: isAuthenticated

Provide a Login Control

Provide a component with controls for the user to log in and log out.

<!-- app/navbar/navbar.html -->

<nav class="navbar navbar-default">
  <div class="container-fluid">
    <div class="navbar-header">
      <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">Auth0 - AngularJS</a>

        class="btn btn-primary btn-margin"

        class="btn btn-primary btn-margin"
          Log In

        class="btn btn-primary btn-margin"
          Log Out

// app/navbar/navbar.directive.js

(function() {
  'use strict';
    .directive('navbar', navbar);
  function navbar() {
    return {
      templateUrl: 'app/navbar/navbar.html',
      controller: navbarController,
      controllerAs: 'vm'

  navbarController.$inject = ['authService'];
  function navbarController(authService) {
    var vm = this;
    vm.auth = authService;

This example uses Bootstrap styles. You can use any style library, or not use one at all.

Depending on whether the user is authenticated or not, they see the Log Out or Log In button. The ng-click events on the buttons make calls to the authService service to let the user log in or out. When the user clicks Log In, they are redirected to the login page.

The login page uses the Lock widget. To learn more about universal login and the login page, see the universal login documentation. To customize the look and feel of the Lock widget, see the Lock customization options documentation.

Add a Callback Component

When you use the login page, your users are taken away from your application. After they authenticate, they are automatically returned to your application and a client-side session is set for them.

This example assumes you are using path-based routing by setting $locationProvider.html5Mode(true). If you are using hash-based routing, you will not be able to specify a dedicated callback route. The URL hash will be used to hold the user's authentication information.

You can select any URL in your application for your users to return to. We recommend creating a dedicated callback route. If you create a single callback route:

  • You don't have to whitelist many, sometimes unknown, callback URLs.
  • You can display a loading indicator while the application sets up a client-side session.

Create a controller and a template to use for a callback route. Add a loading indicator.

To display a loading indicator, you need a loading spinner or another indicator in the assests directory. See the downloadable sample for demonstration.

// app/callback/callback.controller.js

(function () {

  'use strict';

    .controller('CallbackController', callbackController);

  function callbackController() {}

<!-- app/callback/callback.html -->

<div class="loading">
  <img src="assets/loading.svg" alt="loading">

After authentication, your users are taken to the /callback route. They see the loading indicator while the application sets up a client-side session for them. After the session is set up, the users are redirected to the /home route.

Process the Authentication Result

When a user authenticates at the login page, they are redirected to your application. Their URL contains a hash fragment with their authentication information. The handleAuthentication method in the authService service processes the hash.

Call the handleAuthentication method in your app's run block. The method processess the authentication hash while your app loads.

// app/

(function () {

  'use strict';


  run.$inject = ['authService'];
  function run(authService) {
    // Handle the authentication
    // result in the hash

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