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Passport strategy for Two-factor authenticating with a username, password and TOTP code.

This module lets you authenticate using a username, password and TOTP code in your Node.js applications. By plugging into Passport, 2FA TOTP authentication can be easily and unobtrusively integrated into any application or framework that supports Connect-style middleware, including Express. You can use any TOTP code generators to generate one-time passwords, for example Google Authenticator.


$ npm install passport-2fa-totp


Configure Strategy

The 2FA TOTP authentication strategy authenticates a user using a username, password and TOTP value generated by a hardware device or software application (known as a token). The strategy requires a callback to verify a username and password and a callback to setup TOTP generator.

var GoogleAuthenticator = require('passport-2fa-totp').GoogeAuthenticator;
var TwoFAStartegy = require('passport-2fa-totp').Strategy;


passport.use(new TwoFAStartegy(function (username, password, done) {
    // 1st step verification: username and password

    User.findOne({ username: username }, function (err, user) {
        if (err) { return done(err); }
        if (!user) { return done(null, false); }
        if (!user.verifyPassword(password)) { return done(null, false); }
        return done(null, user);
}, function (user, done) {
    // 2nd step verification: TOTP code from Google Authenticator

    if (!user.secret) {
        done(new Error("Google Authenticator is not setup yet."));
    } else {
        // Google Authenticator uses 30 seconds key period

        var secret = GoogleAuthenticator.decodeSecret(user.secret);
        done(null, secret, 30);

GoogleAuthenticator object provides utility methods for Google Authenticator

GoogleAuthenticator.register(username) - Generate a secret key and render a QR code (SVG) to register an account in Google Authenticator.

GoogleAuthenticator.decodeSecret(secret) - Convert BASE 32 encoded string to byte array.

Available Options

This strategy takes an optional options hash before the function, e.g. new TwoFAStartegy({/* options */, verifyUsernameAndPasswordCallback, verifyTotpCodeCallback}).

The available options are:

  • usernameField - Optional, defaults to 'username'
  • passwordField - Optional, defaults to 'password'
  • codeField - Optional, defaults to 'code'
  • window - Optional defaults to 6. A window to generate TOTP code.
  • skipTotpVerification - Optional defaults to false. TOTP code verification is skipped if it is set to be true.
  • passReqToCallback - Optional defaults to false. Pass request object to the callbacks if it is set to be true.

Authenticate Requests

Use passport.authenticate(), specifying the '2fa-totp' strategy, to authenticate requests.'/', passport.authenticate('2fa-totp', {
    successRedirect: '/',
    failureRedirect: '/login'


Developers using the popular Express web framework can refer to an node-2fa as a starting point for their own web applications.


$ npm install
$ npm test