ASP.NET Core Login

Sample Project

Download this sample project configured with your Auth0 API Keys.

Configure OpenID Connect Middleware

The easiest way to enable authentication with Auth0 in your ASP.NET Core application is to use the OpenID Connect middleware. First, go to the ConfigureServices method of your Startup class and add the authentication services by calling the AddAuthentication method:

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
    // Add authentication services
        options => options.SignInScheme = CookieAuthenticationDefaults.AuthenticationScheme);

    // Add framework services.

    // Add functionality to inject IOptions<T>

    // Add the Auth0 Settings object so it can be injected

Next, in the Configure method of the Startup class add the cookie middleware and the OpenID Connect middleware. Middleware executes in the order they are registered so it is important to register the cookie middleware first, and then the OIDC middleware.

Both of these middleware should be registered before your MVC middleware in order for your controllers to be protected. The OIDC middleware is required in order to authenticate the user with Auth0. Once the user has authenticated they will be signed into the Cookie middleware which will be used to authenticate all subsequent requests.

public void Configure(IApplicationBuilder app, IHostingEnvironment env, ILoggerFactory loggerFactory, IOptions<Auth0Settings> auth0Settings)

    if (env.IsDevelopment())


    // Add the cookie middleware
    app.UseCookieAuthentication(new CookieAuthenticationOptions
        AutomaticAuthenticate = true,
        AutomaticChallenge = true

    // Add the OIDC middleware
    var options = new OpenIdConnectOptions("Auth0")
        // Set the authority to your Auth0 domain
        Authority = $"https://{auth0Settings.Value.Domain}",

        // Configure the Auth0 Client ID and Client Secret
        ClientId = auth0Settings.Value.ClientId,
        ClientSecret = auth0Settings.Value.ClientSecret,

        // Do not automatically authenticate and challenge
        AutomaticAuthenticate = false,
        AutomaticChallenge = false,

        // Set response type to code
        ResponseType = "code",

        // Set the callback path, so Auth0 will call back to http://localhost:5000/signin-auth0 
        // Also ensure that you have added the URL as an Allowed Callback URL in your Auth0 dashboard 
        CallbackPath = new PathString("/signin-auth0"),

        // Configure the Claims Issuer to be Auth0
        ClaimsIssuer = "Auth0"

    app.UseMvc(routes =>
            name: "default",
            template: "{controller=Home}/{action=Index}/{id?}");

Also note above that the list of scopes is cleared and only the openid scope is requested. By default the OIDC middleware will request both the openid and the profile scopes and can result in a large id_token being returned. It is suggested that you be more explicit about the scopes you want to be returned and not ask for the entire profile to be returned. Requesting additional scopes is discussed later in the User Profile step.

Add Login and Logout Methods

Next, you will need to add Login and Logout actions to the AccountController.

For the Login, you will need to return a ChallengeResult and specify "Auth0" as the authentication scheme which will be challenged. This will invoke the OIDC middleware you registered in the Configure method.

After the OIDC middleware has signed the user in, the user will automatically be signed into the cookie middleware as well to authenticate them on subsequent requests. So, for the Logout action you will need to sign the user out of both the OIDC and the cookie middleware:

public class AccountController : Controller
    public IActionResult Login()
        return new ChallengeResult("Auth0", new AuthenticationProperties() { RedirectUri = "/" });

    public IActionResult Logout()

        return RedirectToAction("Index", "Home");

Lastly, add Login and Logout links to the navigation bar. To do that, head over to /Views/Shared/_Layout.cshtml and add code to the navigation bar section which displays a Logout link when the user is authenticated, otherwise a Login link. These will link to the Logout and Login actions of the AccountController respectively:

<div class="navbar navbar-inverse navbar-fixed-top">
    <div class="container">
        <div class="navbar-header">
            <button type="button" class="navbar-toggle" data-toggle="collapse" data-target=".navbar-collapse">
                <span class="sr-only">Toggle navigation</span>
                <span class="icon-bar"></span>
                <span class="icon-bar"></span>
                <span class="icon-bar"></span>
            <a asp-area="" asp-controller="Home" asp-action="Index" class="navbar-brand">SampleMvcApp</a>
        <div class="navbar-collapse collapse">
            <ul class="nav navbar-nav">
                <li><a asp-area="" asp-controller="Home" asp-action="Index">Home</a></li>
            <ul class="nav navbar-nav navbar-right">
                @if (User.Identity.IsAuthenticated)
                    <li><a  asp-controller="Account" asp-action="Logout">Logout</a></li>
                    <li><a asp-controller="Account" asp-action="Login">Login</a></li>

Run the Application

Now, when you run the application you can select the Login link to log into the application. This will challenge the OIDC middleware which will subsequently redirect you to the hosted version of Lock on your Auth0 domain.

If you prefer to embed Lock inside your application then please refer to the Embedded Lock step. If you prefer to create a custom Login screen, refer to the Custom Login step.

Alternatively, you can simply carry on to the Storing Tokens step which will demonstrate how you can store the tokens returned by Auth0.

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