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Okta React SDK

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Okta React SDK makes it easy to integrate react-router with Okta's OpenID Connect API.

This library currently supports:


  • If you do not already have a Developer Edition Account, you can create one at
  • If you don't have a React app, or are new to React, please continue with the React Quickstart guide. It will walk you through the creation of a React app, creating routes, and other application development essentials.

Add an OpenID Connect Client in Okta

In Okta, applications are OpenID Connect clients that can use Okta Authorization servers to authenticate users. Your Okta Org already has a default authorization server, so you just need to create an OIDC client that will use it.

  • Log into the Okta Developer Dashboard, click Applications then Add Application.
  • Choose Single Page App (SPA) as the platform, then submit the form the default values, which should look like this:
Setting Value
App Name My SPA App
Base URIs http://localhost:{port}
Login redirect URIs http://localhost:{port}/implicit/callback
Grant Types Allowed Implicit

After you have created the application there are two more values you will need to gather:

Setting Where to Find
Client ID In the applications list, or on the "General" tab of a specific application.
Org URL On the home screen of the developer dashboard, in the upper right.

These values will be used in your React application to setup the OpenID Connect flow with Okta.


This library is available through npm. To install it, simply add it to your project:

npm install --save @okta/okta-react


okta-react works directly with react-router and provides four additional components:

  • Security - (required) Allows you to supply your OpenID Connect client configuration.
  • SecureRoute - (required) A normal Route except authentication is needed to render the component.
  • ImplicitCallback - (required) Handles the implicit flow callback. This will parse the tokens and store them automatically.

Create Routes

Here are the minimum requirements for a working example:

  • / - Anyone can access the home page
  • /protected - Protected is only visible to authenticated users
  • /implicit/callback - This is where auth is handled for you after redirection
// src/App.js
import React, { Component } from 'react';
import { BrowserRouter as Router, Route } from 'react-router-dom';
import { Security, SecureRoute, ImplicitCallback } from '@okta/okta-react';
import Home from './Home';
import Protected from './Protected';
class App extends Component {
  render() {
    return (
        <Security issuer='https://{yourOktaDomain}.com/oauth2/default'
                  redirect_uri={window.location.origin + '/implicit/callback'} >
          <Route path='/' exact={true} component={Home}/>
          <SecureRoute path='/protected' component={Protected}/>
          <Route path='/implicit/callback' component={ImplicitCallback} />
export default App;

Show Login and Logout Buttons

In the relevant location in your application, you will want to provide Login and Logout buttons for the user. You can show/hide the correct button by using the auth.isAuthenticated() method. For example:

// src/Home.js
import React, { Component } from 'react';
import { withAuth } from '@okta/okta-react';
export default withAuth(class Home extends Component {
  constructor(props) {
    this.state = { authenticated: null };
    this.checkAuthentication = this.checkAuthentication.bind(this);
  async checkAuthentication() {
    const authenticated = await this.props.auth.isAuthenticated();
    if (authenticated !== this.state.authenticated) {
      this.setState({ authenticated });
  componentDidUpdate() {
  render() {
    if (this.state.authenticated === null) return null;
    return this.state.authenticated ?
      <button onClick={this.props.auth.logout}>Logout</button> :
      <button onClick={this.props.auth.login}>Login</button>;

Use the Access Token

When your users are authenticated, your React application has an access token that was issued by your Okta Authorization server. You can use this token to authenticate requests for resources on your server or API. As a hypothetical example, let's say you have an API that provides messages for a user. You could create a MessageList component that gets the access token and uses it to make an authenticated request to your server.

Here is what the React component could look like for this hypothetical example:

import fetch from 'isomorphic-fetch';
import React, { Component } from 'react';
import { withAuth } from '@okta/okta-react';
export default withAuth(class MessageList extends Component {
  constructor(props) {
    this.state = {
      messages: null
  async componentDidMount() {
    try {
      const response = await fetch('http://localhost:{serverPort}/api/messages', {
        headers: {
          Authorization: 'Bearer ' + await this.props.auth.getAccessToken()
      const data = await response.json();
      this.setState({ messages: data.messages });
    } catch (err) {
      // handle error as needed
  render() {
    if (!this.state.messages) return <div>Loading..</div>;
    const items = =>
      <li key={message}>{message}</li>
    return <ul>{items}</ul>;



Security is the top-most component of okta-react. This is where most of the configuration is provided.

Configuration options

  • issuer (required) - The OpenId Connect issuer

  • client_id (required) - The OpenId Connect client_id

  • redirect_uri (required) - Where the callback handler is hosted

  • scope (optional): Reserved or custom claims to be returned in the tokens

  • response_type (optional): Desired token grant types

  • onAuthRequired (optional)

  • auth (optional) - Provide an Auth object instead of the options above. This is helpful when integrating okta-react with external libraries that need access to the tokens.

    Accepts a callback to make a decision when authentication is required. If this is not supplied, okta-react redirects to Okta. This callback will receive auth and history parameters. This is triggered when:

    1. auth.login is called
    2. SecureRoute is accessed without authentication


function customAuthHandler({auth, history}) {
  // Redirect to the /login page that has a CustomLoginComponent
class App extends Component {
  render() {
    return (
        <Security issuer='https://{yourOktaDomain}.com/oauth2/default'
                  redirect_uri={window.location.origin + '/implicit/callback'}
                  onAuthRequired={customAuthHandler} >
          <Router path='/login' component={CustomLoginComponent}>
          {/* some routes here */}

Example with Auth object

// src/App.js
import React, { Component } from 'react';
import { Router, Route } from 'react-router-dom';
import { Security, SecureRoute, ImplicitCallback, Auth } from '@okta/okta-react';
import Home from './Home';
import Protected from './Protected';
import { createBrowserHistory } from 'history'
const history = createBrowserHistory();
const auth = new Auth({
  issuer: 'https://{yourOktaDomain}.com/oauth2/default',
  client_id: '{clientId}',
  redirect_uri: window.location.origin + '/implicit/callback',
  onAuthRequired: ({history}) => history.push('/login')
class App extends Component {
  render() {
    return (
      <Router history={history}>
        <Security auth={auth} >
          <Route path='/' exact={true} component={Home}/>
          <SecureRoute path='/protected' component={Protected}/>
          <Route path='/implicit/callback' component={ImplicitCallback} />
export default App;


SecureRoute ensures that a route is only rendered if the user is authenticated. If the user is not authenticated, it calls onAuthRequired if it exists, otherwise, it redirects to Okta.


ImplicitCallback handles the callback after the redirect. By default, it parses the tokens from the uri, stores them, then redirects to /. If a SecureRoute caused the redirect, then the callback redirects to the secured route.


withAuth provides a way for components to make decisions based on auth state. It injects an auth prop into the component.


auth provides methods that allow managing tokens and auth state. All of the methods return Promises.


Returns true or false, depending on whether the user has an active access or id token.


Returns the result of the OpenID Connect /userinfo endpoint if an access token exists.


Retrieves the id token from storage if it exists.


Retrieves the access token from storage if it exists.


Calls onAuthRequired or redirects to Okta if onAuthRequired is undefined. This method accepts a fromUri parameter to push the user to after successful authentication.


Terminates the user's session in Okta and clears all stored tokens. Accepts an optional uri parameter to push the user to after logout.


Performs a redirect to Okta with an optional sessionToken.

  sessionToken: '{sampleSessionToken}'


Parses tokens from the url and stores them.


  1. Clone the repo:
    • git clone
  2. Install the dependencies with lerna (install with npm i lerna -g):
    • lerna bootstrap
  3. Navigate into the okta-react package:
    • cd packages/okta-react
  4. Make your changes to okta-react/src/
  5. Set the following environment variables:
    • ISSUER - your authorization server
    • CLIENT_ID - the client id of your app
    • USERNAME - username of org user, needed if you want to run tests
    • PASSWORD - password of org user, needed if you want to run tests
  6. Start a sample server:
    • npm start


Command Description
npm start Start the sample app using the SDK
npm test Run integration tests
npm run lint Run eslint linting tests



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