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What is aurelia-authentication?

Aurelia-authentication is a token-based authentication plugin for Aurelia with support for popular social authentication providers (Google, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Windows Live, FourSquare, Yahoo, Github, Instagram, Auth0) and a local strategy, i.e. simple username / email and password. It developed of a fork of paul van bladel's aurelia-auth which itself is a port of the great Satellizer library.

Aurelia-authentication makes local and third-party authentication easy. If your server is setup right, it can be a simple as just to select your server endpoint from your aurelia-api setup, add your third-party client ids and you are ready to go. Basically, aurelia-authentication does not use any cookies but relies on a JWT (json web token; other token formats have basic support) stored in the local storage of the browser:

JWT in local storage

You have multiple endpoints? No problem! In the recommended setting, aurelia-authentication makes use of aurelia-api which sets up multiple endpoints easily. Just specify in your aurelia-authentication configuration which endpoint you want to use for your server and which further endpoints you want to be configured and your token will be sent automatically to your protected API when the user is authenticated.

Authentication header

With aurelia-authentication you can:

  • Use local login or third-party providers to authenticate the user
  • Automatically add your token to requests to the specified endpoints
  • Automatically refresh your token
  • Extensively customize the settings
  • Use standalone or in conjunction with aurelia-api
  • Use Auth0 as your only authentication provider (see the relevant section for more info)
  • Use an OpenID Connect provider such as IdentityServer or OpenIddict as your only authentication provider (see the relevant section)
  • Update valueConverters using the 'authorization-change' binding signal.
  • Subscribe to the 'authorization-change' event.
  • And more

Important note

The package name has changed (to make life easier). For installation, use jspm i aurelia-authentication or (for webpack) npm i aurelia-authentication --save. Make sure you update all references to spoonx/aurelia-authentication and spoonx/aurelia-api and remove the spoonx/ prefix (don't forget your config.js, package.json, imports and bundles).

How this differs from 'paulvanbladel/aurelia-auth'

This repository was originally a fork of paulvanbladel/aurealia-auth. It was forked when the original repository was in a period of inactivity, and later made into a repository of it's own. We still aim to provide 100% backwards compatibility, so the transition to aurelia-authentication should propose no problems. As such we often get asked how this repository differs from the original. So, at the time of writing the differences are as follows:

  • Provides the option to use endpoints, introduced by aurelia-api, which simplifies API access.
  • By using aurelia-api the developer can specify which endpoints require the authentication patch.
  • TypeScript support added through the addition of d.ts (typescript definition) files
  • Lots of bug fixes
  • Refactored code to be more readable and performant

Aside: Public SpoonX repositories are open to the community and actively maintained and used by the SpoonX company. They follow a strict deploy cycle with reviews and follow semantic versioning. This ensures code quality control and long term commitment.

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