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Adding OAuth authentication to our application using auth0

NOTE This assumes you created an API + React app using the sdg-react template

NOTE This also assumes you have React Router installed in your React client

Configuring auth0 service

  • Login (or signup)
  • You will be asked to choose a domain name
  • Create a new application
  • Choose an application name
  • Select Single Page Web App as the application type
  • Select the settings tab. Scroll down to Allowed Callback URLs and enter http://localhost:5001/callback
  • Make note of your domain and your Client ID values

React Front End

In this section we will configure our React front end to

  • integrate with the Auth0 interface
  • Add routes to handle the login, logout, and callback from Auth0

Add auth0 to our client application

Inside the client folder (cd client)

yarn add auth0-js

NOTE Restart your yarn start if it was already running

Create a class to interact with the Auth0 API

  • In the React app create an Auth class in src/auth.js

NOTE Replace the value of DOMAIN with the domain from your auth0 account NOTE Replace the value of CLIENTID with the configured client id from your auth0 account

import auth0 from 'auth0-js'
import history from './history'

const DOMAIN = ''
const CLIENTID = 'xxxxxxxxx'

class Auth {

  auth0 = new auth0.WebAuth({
    domain: DOMAIN,
    clientID: CLIENTID,
    redirectUri: `${window.location.protocol}//${
    responseType: 'token id_token',
    scope: 'openid email profile'

  constructor() {
    this.login = this.login.bind(this)
    this.logout = this.logout.bind(this)
    this.handleAuthentication = this.handleAuthentication.bind(this)
    this.isAuthenticated = this.isAuthenticated.bind(this)

  login() {

  logout() {
    // Clear Access Token and ID Token from local storage
    // navigate to the home route

  handleAuthentication(callback) {
    this.auth0.parseHash((err, authResult) => {
      if (authResult && authResult.accessToken && authResult.idToken) {

        if (callback) {

      } else if (err) {

  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)

  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

  getIdToken() {
    const idToken = localStorage.getItem('id_token')
    if (!idToken) {
      throw new Error('No ID Token found')
    return idToken

  getAccessToken() {
    const accessToken = localStorage.getItem('access_token')
    if (!accessToken) {
      throw new Error('No Access Token found')
    return accessToken

  getProfile(cb) {
    let accessToken = this.getAccessToken()
    this.auth0.client.userInfo(accessToken, (err, profile) => {
      if (profile) {
        this.userProfile = profile
      cb(err, profile)

  authorizationHeader() {
    return `Bearer ${this.getIdToken()}`

const auth = new Auth()

export default auth
  • Create src/history.js
import { createBrowserHistory } from 'history'

export default createBrowserHistory()

Add Routes to our <Router> to work with login, logout, and callback

We want to add some new routes to our app.

  • In App.js add
import auth from './auth'
  • To your router add these routes
  <Route path="/login" render={() => auth.login()} />
    render={() => {
      return <p />
    render={() => {
      auth.handleAuthentication(() => {
        // // NOTE: Uncomment the following lines if you are using axios
        // //
        // // Set the axios authentication headers
        // axios.defaults.headers.common = {
        //   Authorization: auth.authorizationHeader()
        // }
      return <p />

Now we can use the /login and /logout routes to allow the user to login or logout. Additionally we can check if the user is authenticated and redirect them to the /login page if we need to (e.g. ensuring that some parts of our app are protected behind a login form)

Now go to index.js and add

import history from './history'

We need the auth component so we can allow the user to login, logout, and access profile information. The history object will allow us to provide history to our Router, and to modify it as necessary.

Because of that we will change from using the BrowserRouter to a simple Router and provide our custom history object to it.

  • In your import, change your BrowserRouter to a simple Router

  • In your render function where <Router> is found, add history={history}

Setup axios to provide custom Authorization headers for every request.

To do this, add this code in your App componentWillMount callback. It will ensure every axios request will include the authorization header to let our backend know our identity.

componentWillMount() {
  if (auth.isAuthenticated()) {
    axios.defaults.headers.common = {
      Authorization: auth.authorizationHeader()

NOTE If you are using fetch, or if you do not want to set the common headers, you must provide the Authorization header on every request.

.NET API Setup

Setting up the .NET environment to be ready to process our requests

Go the StartUp.cs file

First add to your


After the line app.UseHttpsRedirection();

Next, add to your ConfigurationServices method

 services.AddAuthentication(options =>
        options.DefaultAuthenticateScheme = JwtBearerDefaults.AuthenticationScheme;
        options.DefaultChallengeScheme = JwtBearerDefaults.AuthenticationScheme;

      }).AddJwtBearer(options =>
        options.Authority = "DOMAIN";
        options.Audience = "CLIENTID";

You will have to add the correct using statement.

Replace DOMAIN with the same domain you used in the client app and replace CLIENTID with the client ID that you used in the client app

Restricting endpoints

Access the current user

By setting this up, we are given access the the User object in our controllers. That User object has a list of Claims and these claims are all the information we have about that user.

That means that if we the userId for the current user it would look like this:

  public class SecretController : ControllerBase
    public object Get()
      var userId = User.Claims.First(f => f.Type == "").Value;
      return new {userId = userId, message="only logged in users can see this"}

NOTE: We can use attributes to secure out endpoints.

Full Code example: