GitHub Latest Release Build Status Coverage Status Dependency Status Dev Dependency Status

A Passport strategy for custom authentication via JSON from the request body.

This module lets you authenticate using any custom set of JSON-based credentials in your Node.js applications. By plugging into Passport, JSON authentication can be easily and unobtrusively integrated into any application or framework that supports Connect-based middleware, including Express.


$ npm install passport-json-custom



Before you can use this strategy, you MUST ensure that your request (req) object always has a body property that is populated appropriately with parsed JSON.

For example, if you are using Passport and this strategy within Express 4.x or above, you would want to set up the 'body-parser' middleware to parse the request body's JSON before setting up the Passport middleware:

var express = require('express');
var bodyParser = require('body-parser');

var app = express();


Configure Strategy

The JSON Custom authentication strategy authenticates users using any custom set of JSON-based credentials. The strategy requires a verify callback, which accepts these credentials and calls done providing a user.

var JsonCustomStrategy = require('passport-json-custom').Strategy;

passport.use(new JsonCustomStrategy(
  function(credentials, done) {
    Users.findOne({ username: credentials.username }, function (err, user) {
      if (err) { return done(err); }
      if (!user) { return done(null, false); }
      if (!user.verifyPassword(credentials.password)) { return done(null, false); }
      if (!user.verifyMfaCode(credentials.mfaCode)) { return done(null, false); }
      return done(null, user);

Available Options

This strategy takes an optional options hash before the verify function, e.g. new JsonCustomStrategy(/* { options }, */ callback).

The available options include:

  • passReqToCallback - Optional, defaults to false
Using Those Options

The verify callback can be supplied with the request object as the first argument by setting the passReqToCallback option to true, and changing the expected callback parameters accordingly. This may be useful if you also need access to the request's HTTP headers. For example:

passport.use(new JsonCustomStrategy(
    passReqToCallback: true
  function(req, credentials, done) {
    // request object is now first argument
    // ...

Authenticating Requests

Use passport.authenticate('json-custom') to specify that you want to employ the configured 'json-custom' strategy to authenticate requests.

For example, as route middleware in an Express application:
  passport.authenticate('json-custom', { failWithError: true }),
  function(req, res) {
      authenticated: req.isAuthenticated()
  function(err, req, res, next) {
      authenticated: req.isAuthenticated(),
      err: err.message


Copyright (c) 2015, James M. Greene (MIT License)