This is the 23rd in series of posts leading up to Node.js Knockout about how to use everyauth to manage logins. This post was written by everyauth author and Node.js Knockout contestant Brian Noguchi.


So you want to add logins to your web app? Assuming that you are using Connect or Express (and who isn’t these days?), then everyauth can get you up and running within minutes.

4 Steps to Get Up and Running

Setting up everyauth comes down to 3 steps with Connect and 4 steps with Express:

  1. Step 1 - Choose and configure what one or more logins you want

    Currently, we support 19 different login types including password, Facebook, Twitter, GitHub, and more. For a full list, see the everyauth github page.

  2. Step 2 - Specify a function for finding a user by id

    The function configuration here will depend on how you are storing your data — i.e., in memory or via a database. For in memory storage of users, this would look like:

       var usersById = {};
         .findUserById( function (id, callback) {
           callback(null, usersById[id]);
  3. Step 3 - Add your middleware to Connect/Express

    This automatically will set up routes and views for your app. For example, if you chose to set up password authentication, then you can now navigate to http://localhost:3000/login, http://localhost:3000/register, and logout with http://localhost:3000/logout.

    In connect, this looks like:

       var everyauth = require('everyauth');
       // Step 1 code goes here
       // Step 2 code
       var connect = require('connect');
       var app = connect(
         , connect.bodyParser()
         , connect.cookieParser()
         , connect.session({secret: 'mr ripley'})
         , everyauth.middleware()
         , connect.router(routes)

    In express, this looks like:

       var everyauth = require('everyauth');
       // Step 1 code goes here
       // Step 2 code
       var express = require('express');
       var app = express.createServer(
         , express.bodyParser()
         , express.cookieParser()
         , express.session({secret: 'mr ripley'})
         , everyauth.middleware()
         , express.router(routes)
  4. Step 4 (Express only) - Add view helpers to Express

       // Step 1 code
       // ...
       // Step 2 code
       // ...
       // Step 3 code

Configuring Facebook Connect

This is how you would configure configure Step 1 from above to set up Facebook Connect.

First some boilerplate for creating and storing users in memory:

var nextUserId = 0;
var usersById = {};

function addUser (source, sourceUser) {
  var user;
  if (arguments.length === 1) { // password-based
    user = sourceUser = source; = ++nextUserId;
    return usersById[nextUserId] = user;
  } else { // non-password-based
    user = usersById[++nextUserId] = {id: nextUserId};
    user[source] = sourceUser;
  return user;

Now for the configuration (Step 1) that sets up Facebook Connect.

var usersByFbId = {};

    .findOrCreateUser( function (session, accessToken, accessTokenExtra, fbUserMetadata) {
      return usersByFbId[] ||
        (usersByFbId[] = addUser('facebook', fbUserMetadata));

Get YOUR_APP_ID and YOUR_APP_SECRET by registering a Facebook app.

findOrCreateUser takes an incoming session object and the data returned from Facebook’s OAuth2 process as accessToken and accessTokenExtra, and fbUserMetadata. This function should find or create a user object and then return it.

redirectPath tells you where to redirect your user after a successful Facebook Connect login.

With this code, you can now include links to /auth/facebook in your views.

For detailed instructions to set up any of the 19 login strategies, please see the README

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