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Helper library for handling JWTs in Angular apps

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angular2-jwt-rc0 is a helper library for working with JWTs in your Angular 2 applications.

For examples on integrating angular2-jwt-rc0 with Webpack and SystemJS, see auth0-angular2.

What is This Library For?

angular2-jwt-rc0 is a small and unopinionated library that is useful for automatically attaching a JSON Web Token (JWT) as an Authorization header when making HTTP requests from an Angular 2 app. It also has a number of helper methods that are useful for doing things like decoding JWTs.

This library does not have any functionality or opinion about how you should be implementing user authentication and retrieving JWTs to begin with. Those details will vary depending on your setup, but in most cases, you will use a regular HTTP request to authenticate your users and then save their JWTs in local storage or in a cookie if successful.

For more on implementing authentication endpoints, see this tutorial for an example using HapiJS.

Key Features

  • Send a JWT on a per-request basis using the explicit AuthHttp class
  • Decode a JWT from your Angular 2 app
  • Check the expiration date of the JWT
  • Conditionally allow route navigation based on JWT status


npm install angular2-jwt-rc0

The library comes with several helpers that are useful in your Angular 2 apps.

  1. AuthHttp - allows for individual and explicit authenticated HTTP requests
  2. tokenNotExpired - allows you to check whether there is a non-expired JWT in local storage. This can be used for conditionally showing/hiding elements and stopping navigation to certain routes if the user isn't authenticated

Sending Authenticated Requests

If you wish to only send a JWT on a specific HTTP request, you can use the AuthHttp class.

import {AuthHttp, AuthConfig, AUTH_PROVIDERS} from 'angular2-jwt-rc0';


class App {

  thing: string;

  constructor(public authHttp: AuthHttp) {}

  getThing() {
        data => this.thing = data,
        err => console.log(error),
        () => console.log('Request Complete')

bootstrap(App, [

Configuration Options

AUTH_PROVIDERS gives a default configuration setup:

  • Header Name: Authorization
  • Header Prefix: Bearer
  • Token Name: id_token
  • Token Getter Function: (() => localStorage.getItem(tokenName))
  • Supress error and continue with regular HTTP request if no JWT is saved: false
  • Global Headers: none

If you wish to configure the headerName, headerPrefix, tokenName, tokenGetter function, noTokenScheme, globalHeaders, or noJwtError boolean, you can pass a config object when AuthHttp is injected.


By default, if there is no valid JWT saved, AuthHttp will return an Observable error with 'Invalid JWT'. If you would like to continue with an unauthenticated request instead, you can set noJwtError to true.

Token Scheme

The default scheme for the Authorization header is Bearer, but you may either provide your own by specifying a headerPrefix, or you may remove the prefix altogether by setting noTokenScheme to true.

Global Headers

You may set as many global headers as you like by passing an array of header-shaped objects to globalHeaders.


bootstrap(App, [
  provide(AuthHttp, {
    useFactory: (http) => {
      return new AuthHttp(new AuthConfig({
        headerName: YOUR_HEADER_NAME,
        headerPrefix: YOUR_HEADER_PREFIX,
        tokenName: YOUR_TOKEN_NAME,
        tokenGetter: YOUR_TOKEN_GETTER_FUNCTION,
        globalHeaders: [{'Content-Type':'application/json'}],
        noJwtError: true,
        noTokenScheme: true
      }), http);
    deps: [Http]

The AuthHttp class supports all the same HTTP verbs as Angular 2's Http.

Sending Per-Request Headers

You may also send custom headers on a per-request basis with your authHttp request by passing them in an options object.

getThing() {
  var myHeader = new Headers();
  myHeader.append('Content-Type', 'application/json');

  this.authHttp.get('', { headers: myHeader} )
      data => this.thing = data,
      err => console.log(error),
      () => console.log('Request Complete')

  // Pass it after the body in a POST request'', 'post body', { headers: myHeader} )
      data => this.thing = data,
      err => console.log(error),
      () => console.log('Request Complete')

Using the Observable Token Stream

If you wish to use the JWT as an observable stream, you can call tokenStream from AuthHttp.


tokenSubscription() {
      data => console.log(data),
      err => console.log(err),
      () => console.log('Complete')

This can be useful for cases where you want to make HTTP requests out of obsevable streams. The tokenStream can be mapped and combined with other streams at will.

Using JwtHelper in Components

The JwtHelper class has several useful methods that can be utilized in your components:

  • decodeToken
  • getTokenExpirationDate
  • isTokenExpired

You can use these methods by passing in the token to be evaluated.


jwtHelper: JwtHelper = new JwtHelper();


useJwtHelper() {
  var token = localStorage.getItem('id_token');



Checking Login to Hide/Show Elements and Handle Routing

The tokenNotExpired function can be used to check whether a JWT exists in local storage, and if it does, whether it has expired or not. If the token is valid, tokenNotExpired returns true, otherwise it returns false.

The router's @CanActivate lifecycle hook can be used with tokenNotExpired to determine if a route should be accessible. This lifecycle hook is run before the component class instantiates. If @CanActivate receives true, the router will allow navigation, and if it receives false, it won't.

Note: tokenNotExpired will by default assume the token name is id_token unless a token name is passed to it, ex: tokenNotExpired('token_name'). This will be changed in a future release to automatically use the token name that is set in AuthConfig.


  selector: 'secret-route'

  template: `<h1>If you see this, you have a JWT</h1>`

@CanActivate(() => tokenNotExpired())

class SecretRoute {}

You can pass a different tokenName for @CanActivate to use as the first argument to the function. If you wish to define your own function for tokenNotExpired to use, pass null first and then the function.


Pull requests are welcome!


Use npm run dev to compile and watch for changes.

What is Auth0?

Auth0 helps you to:

  • Add authentication with multiple authentication sources, either social like Google, Facebook, Microsoft Account, LinkedIn, GitHub, Twitter, Box, Salesforce, amont others, or enterprise identity systems like Windows Azure AD, Google Apps, Active Directory, ADFS or any SAML Identity Provider.
  • Add authentication through more traditional username/password databases.
  • Add support for linking different user accounts with the same user.
  • Support for generating signed Json Web Tokens to call your APIs and flow the user identity securely.
  • Analytics of how, when and where users are logging in.
  • Pull data from other sources and add it to the user profile, through JavaScript rules.

Create a free account in Auth0

  1. Go to Auth0 and click Sign Up.
  2. Use Google, GitHub or Microsoft Account to login.

Issue Reporting

If you have found a bug or if you have a feature request, please report them at this repository issues section. Please do not report security vulnerabilities on the public GitHub issue tracker. The Responsible Disclosure Program details the procedure for disclosing security issues.




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



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