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Validate a JWTs scope to authorize access to an endpoint.


$ npm install express-jwt-authz

express@^4.0.0 is a peer dependency. Make sure it is installed in your project.


Use together with express-jwt to both validate a JWT and make sure it has the correct permissions to call an endpoint.

var jwt = require('express-jwt');
var jwtAuthz = require('express-jwt-authz');

var options = {};
  jwt({ secret: 'shared_secret' }),
  jwtAuthz([ 'read:users' ], options),
  function(req, res) { ... });

If multiple scopes are provided, the user must have at least one of the specified scopes.'/users',
  jwt({ secret: 'shared_secret' }),
  jwtAuthz([ 'read:users', 'write:users' ], {}),
  function(req, res) { ... });

// This user will be granted access
var authorizedUser = {
  scope: 'read:users'

To check that the user has all the scopes provided, use the checkAllScopes: true option:'/users',
  jwt({ secret: 'shared_secret' }),
  jwtAuthz([ 'read:users', 'write:users' ], { checkAllScopes: true }),
  function(req, res) { ... });

// This user will have access
var authorizedUser = {
  scope: 'read:users write:users'

// This user will NOT have access
var unauthorizedUser = {
  scope: 'read:users'

The JWT must have a scope claim and it must either be a string of space-separated permissions or an array of strings. For example:

// String:
"write:users read:users"

// Array:
["write:users", "read:users"]


  • failWithError: When set to true, will forward errors to next instead of ending the response directly. Defaults to false.
  • checkAllScopes: When set to true, all the expected scopes will be checked against the user’s scopes. Defaults to false.
  • customUserKey: The property name to check for the scope key. By default, permissions are checked against req.user, but you can change it to be req.myCustomUserKey with this option. Defaults to user.
  • customScopeKey: The property name to check for the actual scope. By default, permissions are checked against user.scope, but you can change it to be user.myCustomScopeKey with this option. Defaults to scope.

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This project is licensed under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.

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