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Prisma React Auth0 Example

Video Demo

🚀 Basic starter code for a fullstack app based on Prisma, Auth0, React, GraphQL & Apollo Client.


My idea of a possible authentication and authorization flow for Prisma's Instagram (blog?) clone. I am not an expert and put together this repo as a learning exercise.

This repo follows the Prisma Permissions.

If you see any potential security issues, please let me know!


  • Frontend
    • React: Frontend framework for building user interfaces
    • Apollo Client: Fully-featured, production ready caching GraphQL client
  • Backend
    • Auth0: Authentication as a service. (And this demo uses RS256 hotness!)
    • Prisma: Turns your database into a GraphQL API
    • graphql-yoga: Fully-featured GraphQL server with focus on easy setup, performance & great developer experience
    • prisma-binding: GraphQL binding for Prisma services


You need to have the following things installed:

  • Git
  • Node 8+
  • Prisma CLI: npm i -g prisma
  • Auth0 account
  • Basic Auth0 Console Knowledge -- this demo is short on how to configure the Auth0 console, but even a novice Auth0 user should get it. I did! This is my first project using Auth0.

Getting started

# 1. Clone it
git clone

# 2. Navigate into the folder
cd prisma-auth0-example

#3 Install dependencies.  NPM should work if not using yarn
yarn install

#4 Install server dependencies
cd server
yarn install

#5 Make .env file
touch .env

#6 open .env in your editor of choice, e.g.
code .env

Make your prisma secret PRISMA_SECRET="myapp123"

#7 Deploy Prisma cluster
prisma deploy

#8 Copy HTTP endpoint from Prisma, e.g. or localhost...

.env file

Your .env now file now also needs the following:


Your Auth0 console will provided the needed information above.

Make sure your audience is an API and not That will not return an access token. Only an API will.

#8 Start the server
yarn dev

#9 Configure your client Auth0 variables
cd ..
cd src/auth

#10 Create an auth0-variables file
touch auth0-variables

#11 Edit auth0-variables.js in your favorite editor, e.g.
code auth0-variables


Copy and paste the AUTH_CONFIG below, and fill in the variables, and save

export const AUTH_CONFIG = {
  api_audience: 'YOUR_API_AUDIENCE`, #same as above in server
  domain: 'YOUR_DOMAIN', // e.g.
  clientId: 'YOUR_CLIENT_ID', // e.g. string of characters from Auth0 for your API
  callbackUrl: "http://localhost:8000/callback" // make sure Auth0 has http://localhost:8000 as a callback url
#11 Start the client
yarn start

#12 Navigate to localhost:8000

#13 See what errors you get 🤣

#Directive Permissions

This demo uses the new-ish GraphQL directive permission pattern. Here's a great video from Ryan Chenkie, a developer at Auth0, describing how it works.

Tl;dr: Simply decorate your fields / queries / mutations with directives, and let the directive resolvers handle the rest!