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ORY Oathkeeper - Cloud Native Identity & Access Proxy

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ORY Oathkeeper is an Identity & Access Proxy (IAP) and Access Control Decision API that authorizes HTTP requests based on sets of Access Rules. The BeyondCorp Model is designed by Google and secures applications in Zero-Trust networks.

An Identity & Access Proxy is typically deployed in front of (think API Gateway) web-facing applications and is capable of authenticating and optionally authorizing access requests. The Access Control Decision API can be deployed alongside an existing API Gateway or reverse proxy. ORY Oathkeeper's Access Control Decision API works with:

among others.

This service is stable, but under active development and may introduce breaking changes in future releases. Any breaking change will have extensive documentation and upgrade instructions.

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Head over to the ORY Developer Documentation to learn how to install ORY Oathkeeper on Linux, macOS, Windows, and Docker and how to build ORY Oathkeeper from source.

Who's using it?

The ORY community stands on the shoulders of individuals, companies, and maintainers. We thank everyone involved - from submitting bug reports and feature requests, to contributing patches, to sponsoring our work. Our community is 1000+ strong and growing rapidly. The ORY stack protects API requests every month with over 15.000+ active service nodes. Our small but expert team would have never been able to achieve this without each and everyone of you.

The following list represents companies that have accompanied us along the way and that have made outstanding contributions to our ecosystem. If you think that your company deserves a spot here, reach out to hi@ory.shnow!

Please consider giving back by becoming a sponsor of our open source work on Patreon or Open Collective.

Type Name Logo Website
Sponsor Raspberry PI Foundation Raspberry PI Foundation
Contributor Kyma Project Kyma Project
Sponsor ThoughtWorks ThoughtWorks
Sponsor Tulip Tulip Retail
Sponsor Cashdeck / All My Funds All My Funds
Sponsor 3 Rein 3REIN (avaiable soon)
Contributor Hootsuite Hootsuite
Adopter * Segment Segment
Adopter * Arduino Arduino

We also want to thank all individual contributors

as well as all of our backers

and past & current supporters (in alphabetical order) on Patreon: Alexander Alimovs, Billy, Chancy Kennedy, Drozzy, Edwin Trejos, Howard Edidin, Ken Adler Oz Haven, Stefan Hans, TheCrealm.

* Uses one of ORY's major projects in production.


ORY Security Console

ORY Security Console: Administrative User Interface

The ORY Security Console is a visual admin interface for managing ORY Hydra, ORY Oathkeeper, and ORY Keto.

ORY Hydra: OAuth2 & OpenID Connect Server

ORY Hydra ORY Hydra is a hardened OAuth2 and OpenID Connect server optimized for low-latency, high throughput, and low resource consumption. ORY Hydra is not an identity provider (user sign up, user log in, password reset flow), but connects to your existing identity provider through a consent app.

ORY Keto: Access Control Policies as a Server

ORY Keto is a policy decision point. It uses a set of access control policies, similar to AWS IAM Policies, in order to determine whether a subject (user, application, service, car, ...) is authorized to perform a certain action on a resource.


The ory/examples repository contains numerous examples of setting up this project individually and together with other services from the ORY Ecosystem.


Disclosing vulnerabilities

If you think you found a security vulnerability, please refrain from posting it publicly on the forums, the chat, or GitHub and send us an email to instead.


Our services collect summarized, anonymized data which can optionally be turned off. Click here to learn more.



The Guide is available here.

HTTP API documentation

The HTTP API is documented here.

Upgrading and Changelog

New releases might introduce breaking changes. To help you identify and incorporate those changes, we document these changes in and

Command line documentation

Run oathkeeper -h or oathkeeper help.


Developing with ORY Oathkeeper is as easy as:

cd ~
$ go get -d -u
cd $GOPATH/src/
export GO111MODULE=on
$ go test ./...


Thank you to all our backers! 🙏 [Become a backer]

We would also like to thank (past & current) supporters (in alphabetical order) on Patreon: Alexander Alimovs, Billy, Chancy Kennedy, Drozzy, Edwin Trejos, Howard Edidin, Ken Adler Oz Haven, Stefan Hans, TheCrealm


Support this project by becoming a sponsor. Your logo will show up here with a link to your website. [Become a sponsor]

A special thanks goes out to Wayne Robinson for supporting this ecosystem with $200 every month since Oktober 2016 on Patreon.




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