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Version: 2.0

Netlify Identity Authentication


The following CLI command will install required packages and generate boilerplate code and files for Redwood Projects:

yarn rw setup auth netlify

If you prefer to manually install the package and add code, run the following command and then add the required code provided in the next section.

cd web
yarn add @redwoodjs/auth netlify-identity-widget


You will need to enable Identity on your Netlify site.

import { AuthProvider } from '@redwoodjs/auth'
import netlifyIdentity from 'netlify-identity-widget'
import { isBrowser } from '@redwoodjs/prerender/browserUtils'
import { FatalErrorBoundary } from '@redwoodjs/web'
import { RedwoodApolloProvider } from '@redwoodjs/web/apollo'

import FatalErrorPage from 'src/pages/FatalErrorPage'
import Routes from 'src/Routes'

import './index.css'

isBrowser && netlifyIdentity.init()

const App = () => (
<FatalErrorBoundary page={FatalErrorPage}>
<AuthProvider client={netlifyIdentity} type="netlify">
<Routes />

export default App

Netlify Identity Auth Provider Specific Setup

See the Netlify Identity information within this doc's Auth Provider Specific Integration section.


Netlify Identity offers Role-based access control (RBAC).

Role-based access control (RBAC)

Role-based access control (RBAC) refers to the idea of assigning permissions to users based on their role within an organization. It provides fine-grained control and offers a simple, manageable approach to access management that is less prone to error than assigning permissions to users individually.

Essentially, a role is a collection of permissions that you can apply to users. A role might be "admin", "editor" or "publisher". This differs from permissions an example of which might be "publish:blog".

App Metadata

Netlify Identity stores information (such as, support plan subscriptions, security roles, or access control groups) in app_metadata. Data stored in app_metadata cannot be edited by users.

Create and manage roles for your application in Netlify's "Identity" management views. You can then assign these roles to users.

Add Application hasRole Support

If you intend to support, RBAC then in your api/src/lib/auth.js you need to extract roles using the parseJWT utility and set these roles on currentUser.

Netlify will store the user's roles on the app_metadata claim and the parseJWT function provides an option to extract the roles so they can be assigned to the currentUser.

For example:

export const getCurrentUser = async (decoded) => {
return context.currentUser || { ...decoded, roles: parseJWT({ decoded }).roles }

Now your currentUser.roles info will be available to both requireAuth() on the api side and hasRole() on the web side.