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The simplest way to add authentication to your React app. Handles everything for you. Users, login forms, redirects, sharing state between components. Everything

How to use useAuth

useAuth is designed to be quick to setup. You'll need an Auth0 account with an app domain and client id.

1. Install the hook

$ yarn add react-use-auth

Downloads from npm, adds to your package.json, etc. You can use npm as well.

2. Set up AuthProvider

useAuth uses an AuthProvider component to configure the Auth0 client and share state between components. It's using React context with a reducer behind the scenes, but that's an implementation detail.

I recommend adding this around your root component. In Gatsby that's done in gatsby-browser.js and gatsby-ssr.js. Yes useAuth is built so it doesn't break server-side rendering. ✌️

But of course server-side "you" will always be logged out.

// gatsby-browser.js
import React from "react";
import { navigate } from "gatsby";
import { AuthProvider } from "react-use-auth";
export const wrapRootElement = ({ element }) => (

<AuthProvider> creates a context, sets up a state reducer, initializes an Auth0 client and so on. Everything you need for authentication to work in your whole app :)

The API takes a couple config options:

  1. navigate – your navigation function, used for redirects. I've tested with Gatsby, but anything should work
  2. auth0_domain – from your Auth0 app
  3. auth0_client_id – from your Auth0 app
  4. auth0_params – an object that lets you overwrite any of the default Auth0 client parameters

PS: even though Auth doesn't do anything server-side, useAuth will throw errors during build, if its context doesn't exist

Default Auth0 params

By default useAuth's Auth0 client uses these params:

const params = {
    domain: auth0_domain,
    clientID: auth0_client_id,
    redirectUri: `${callback_domain}/auth0_callback`,
    audience: `https://${auth0_audience_domain || auth0_domain}/api/v2/`,
    responseType: "token id_token",
    scope: "openid profile email"

domain and clientID come from your props.

redirectUri is set to use the auth0_callback page on the current domain. Auth0 redirects here after users login so you can set cookies and stuff. useAuth will handle this for you ✌️

audience is set to use api/v2. I know this is necessary but honestly have been copypasting it through several of my projects. You can define a custom audience domain with auth0_audience_domain.

responseType same here. I copy paste this from old projects so I figured it's a good default.

scope you need openid for social logins and to be able to fetch user profiles after authentication. Profile and Email too. You can add more via the auth0_params override.

3. Create the callback page

Auth0 and most other authentication providers use OAuth. That requires redirecting your user to their login form. After login, the provider redirects the user back to your app.

Any way of creating React pages should work, here's what I use for Gatsby.

// src/pages/auth0_callback
import React, { useEffect } from "react";
import { useAuth } from "react-use-auth";
import Layout from "../components/layout";
const Auth0CallbackPage = () => {
    const { handleAuthentication } = useAuth();
    useEffect(() => {
    }, []);
    return (
                This is the auth callback page, you should be redirected
export default Auth0CallbackPage;

The goal is to load a page, briefly show some text, and run the handleAuthentication method from useAuth on page load.

That method will create a cookie in local storage with your user's information and redirect back to the homepage by default.

To redirect to a route other than the homepage after the user is logged in, supply the handleAuthentication function an Object Literal with the postLoginRoute key and an associated route value. For example, to route to /account, call handleAuthentication as follows:

handleAuthentication({ postLoginRoute: "/account" });

PS: Make sure you add <domain>/auth0_callback as a valid callback URL in your Auth0 config

4. Enjoy useAuth

You're ready to use useAuth for authentication in your React app.

Here's a login button for example:

// src/pages/index.js
const Login = () => {
    const { isAuthenticated, login, logout } = useAuth();
    if (isAuthenticated()) {
        return <Button onClick={logout}>Logout</Button>;
    } else {
        return <Button onClick={login}>Login</Button>;

isAuthenticated is a method that checks if the user's cookie is still valid. login and logout trigger their respective actions.

You can even say hello to your users

// src/pages/index.js
const IndexPage = () => {
  const { isAuthenticated, user } = useAuth()
  return (
      <SEO title="Home" />
      <h1>Hi {isAuthenticated() ? user.name : "people"}</h1>

Check isAuthenticated then use the user object. Simple as that.

isAuthenticating is a flag for checking whether or not useAuth is in the middle of validating login details. This allows you to then make requests to your user database and work out where to send users from the auth0_callback page, e.g. profile page or sign up.

const Auth0CallbackPage = () => {
    const { user, isAuthenticating, handleAuthentication } = useAuth();
    const { loading, data, error } = useQuery(QUERY, {
        variables: { id: user.sub }
    if (error) {
        return <h1>There was an error</h1>;
    if (isAuthenticating || loading) {
        return (
                This is the auth callback page, you should be redirected
    const { user: dbUser } = data || {};
    const redirectUrl = dbUser ? "/app/profile" : "/app/signup";
    handleAuthentication({ postLoginRoute: redirectUrl });

Checklist for configuring Auth0

There's a couple of required configurations you need to make in Auth0 to make useAuth run smoothly.

Callback URLs

You need to allow both local development and your production app in callback URLs. It's a whitelist that tells Auth0 that your login request is coming from the right source.

⚠️ Allowed Web Origins

useAuth avoids using local storage for secure tokens. For Auth0 to know that our checkSession request is coming from the right source, you need to add your URLs to allowed web origins.

Allowed logout urls

After logging out, Auth0 redirects back to your app. Again, it needs to know you aren't up to anything shady. If you are getting 400 response errors on page load, this is the most likely culprit.

Tips & tricks

Persisting login after refresh

NB Make sure you're not blocking cookies! Extensions like privacy badger and the Brave browser will prevent Auth0 from setting cookies so refreshing between logins wont work

After you've set everything up (and you're using social sign on methods) you'll notice that refreshing doesn't keep your user logged in... 👎

If you're using an IdP such as Google or Github to provide identity, you will need to register an app on Auth0 to enable this behaviour. The steps to create this behaviour are a bit nested in docs but can be achieved relatively simply by following the guide Set Up Social Connections on the Auth0 site. The guide follows steps for Google sign on, your mileage with other providers may vary...

For a more detailed understanding of why this is happening you can have a read through this section of Auth0s guide to setting up a secure React application. (Pro tip: search for Keeping Users Signed In after a Refresh to jump straight to the section in question).

User's access tokens

Since version 0.4.0 useAuth exposes the entire Auth0 authResult object so you can access your user's id or access token. This is useful when you have to log the user into your own backend as well as the frontend.

For reference:

Like this:

function SomeComponent() {
    const { authResult } = useAuth();
    // etc, I recommend printing the authResult object to see everything that's available

Granular role-based permissions

Since version 0.7.0 useAuth supports role-based permissions. Using roles, you can granularly control which parts of your site are available to which users.

You'll need to add some config on Auth0 and when using useAuth.

Set up a Auth0 Rule

Auth0 rules are little snippets of JavaScript that run when you request user data.

Go to Rules and click Create Rule. Start an empty rule and add this code:

function (user, context, callback) {
  const namespace = 'https://YOUR_DOMAIN';
  const assignedRoles = (context.authorization || {}).roles;
  user.user_metadata = user.user_metadata || {};
  user.user_metadata.roles = assignedRoles;
  context.idToken[namespace + '/user_metadata'] = user.user_metadata;
  callback(null, user, context);

This rule adds user roles to their meta data. You have to define the namespace. Make sure it looks like a URL.

Add customPropertyNamespace to AuthProvider

When rendering your <AuthProvider> add the custom property namespace. Make sure it matches the namespace you used above.

export const wrapPageElement = ({ element, props }) => (
    // ...

use isAuthorized to check role permissions

Now you can use isAuthorized to check if the current user has access to some part of your site.

    // show something only if current user has Student role
        {isAuthorized("Student") ? (
        : null}
    // you can also use an OR'd array
    // show something if user has Student role OR Admin role
        {isAuthorized(["Student", "Admin"]) ? (
        : null}

If current user is authenticated and has the Student role, show the content. Otherwise null.

For convenience you can also pass multiple roles to check with an OR condition. If any fit the current user, isAuthorized returns true.

You can try it out here 👉 https://gatsby-useauth-example.now.sh/


👤 Swizec Teller swizec@swizec.com

🤝 Contributing

Contributions, issues and feature requests are welcome!
Feel free to check issues page.

I am looking to support other authentication providers. Please help :)

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📝 License

Copyright © 2019 Swizec Teller swizec@swizec.com.
This project is MIT licensed.

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