passport-token

Username and token authentication strategy for Passport - modified from passport-local.

passport-token

Username and token authentication strategy for Passport - modified from passport-local.

$ npm install passport-token

The token authentication strategy authenticates users using a username and token. The strategy requires a verify callback, which accepts these credentials and calls done providing a user.

var TokenStrategy = require('passport-token').Strategy;

passport.use(new TokenStrategy(
    function (username, token, done) {
        User.findOne({username: username}, function (err, user) {
            if (err) {
                return done(err);
            }
            
            if (!user) {
                return done(null, false);
            }
            
            if (!user.verifyToken(token)) {
                return done(null, false);
            }
            
            return done(null, user);
        });
    }
));

By default, passport-token checks for username and token credentials in either the header or request body in these locations:

x-username
x-token
username
token

These credential locations can be configured when defining the strategy as follows:

var TokenStrategy   = require('passport-token').Strategy;
var strategyOptions = {
    usernameHeader: 'x-custom-username',
    tokenHeader:    'x-custom-token',        
    usernameField:  'custom-username',
    tokenField:     'custom-token'
};

passport.use(new TokenStrategy(strategyOptions,
    function (username, token, done) {
        User.findOne({username: username}, function (err, user) {
            if (err) {
                return done(err);
            }
            
            if (!user) {
                return done(null, false);
            }
            
            if (!user.verifyToken(token)) {
                return done(null, false);
            }
            
            return done(null, user);
        });
    }

Use passport.authenticate(), specifying the token strategy to authenticate requests.

For example, as route middleware in an Express application:

app.put('/animals/dogs', passport.authenticate('token'), function (req, res) {
    // User authenticated and can be found in req.user
});

If authentication fails in the above example then a 401 response will be given. However there may be times you wish a bit more control and delegate the failure to your application:

app.put('/animals/dogs', authenticate, function (req, res) {
       // User authenticated and can be found in req.user
});

function authenticate(req, res, next) {
    passport.authenticate('token', function (err, user, info) {
        if (err) {
            return next(err);
        }
        
        if (!user) {
            return res.status(401).json({message: "Incorrect token credentials"});
        }
       
        req.user = user;
        next();
    });
}      

Jared Hanson

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2011 Jared Hanson

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