Node.js: Login

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Node.js: Login

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By Andres Aguiar

This tutorial demonstrates how to add user login to a Node.js and Express application. We recommend you to Log in to follow this quickstart with examples configured for your account.


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System requirements: NodeJS 4.3 or higher | Express 4.16

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Configure Auth0

Get Your Application Keys

When you signed up for Auth0, a new application was created for you, or you could have created a new one.

Your will need some details about that application to communicate with Auth0. You can get these details from the Application Settings section 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 application 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 Application 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 you downloaded from the top of this page, you should set the Callback URL to http://localhost:3000/callback.

Configure Node to Use Auth0

Install the necessary middleware.

# installation with npm
npm install passport passport-auth0 connect-ensure-login --save

# installation with yarn
yarn add passport passport-auth0 connect-ensure-login

Configure the Middleware

Create a new instance of the Auth0Strategy strategy. Enter your Auth0 application details as configuration values. Tell passport to use this strategy.

// app.js

const passport = require('passport');
const Auth0Strategy = require('passport-auth0');

// Configure Passport to use Auth0
const strategy = new Auth0Strategy(
    domain: 'YOUR_AUTH0_DOMAIN',
    clientID: 'YOUR_CLIENT_ID',
    clientSecret: 'YOUR_CLIENT_SECRET',
    callbackURL: 'http://localhost:3000/callback'
  (accessToken, refreshToken, extraParams, profile, done) => {
    return done(null, profile);


// This can be used to keep a smaller payload
passport.serializeUser(function(user, done) {
  done(null, user);

passport.deserializeUser(function(user, done) {
  done(null, user);

// ...

Trigger Authentication

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.

You can also embed the login dialog directly in your application using the Lock widget. 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.

Add a route called /login. Use the env object to set the following properties for your application:

  • Client ID
  • Domain
  • Callback URL

The route creates an instance of the auth0.WebAuth object. Then, the route calls the authorize method and redirects the user to the login page.

// routes/index.js

const express = require('express');
const passport = require('passport');
const router = express.Router();

const env = {
  AUTH0_CALLBACK_URL: 'http://localhost:3000/callback'

/* GET home page. */
router.get('/', function(req, res, next) {

// Perform the login
  passport.authenticate('auth0', {
    clientID: env.AUTH0_CLIENT_ID,
    domain: env.AUTH0_DOMAIN,
    redirectUri: env.AUTH0_CALLBACK_URL,
    audience: 'https://' + env.AUTH0_DOMAIN + '/userinfo',
    responseType: 'code',
    scope: 'openid'
  function(req, res) {

// Perform session logout and redirect to homepage
router.get('/logout', (req, res) => {

// Perform the final stage of authentication and redirect to '/user'
  passport.authenticate('auth0', {
    failureRedirect: '/'
  function(req, res) {
    res.redirect(req.session.returnTo || '/user');

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