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Django JWT Auth

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Overview

This package provides JSON Web Token Authentication support for Django.

Based on the Django REST Framework JWT Auth package.

Installation

Install using pip...

$ pip install django-jwt-auth

Usage

In your urls.py add the following URL route to enable obtaining a token via a POST included the user's username and password.

from rest_framework_jwt.views import obtain_jwt_token, refresh_jwt_token

urlpatterns = [
    # ...

    url(r'api-token-auth/', obtain_jwt_token),
    url(r'api-token-refresh/', refresh_jwt_token),
]

You can easily test if the endpoint is working by doing the following in your terminal, if you had a user created with the username admin and password abc123.

$ curl -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '{"username":"admin","password":"abc123"}' http://localhost:8000/api-token-auth/

Now in order to access protected api urls you must include the Authorization: Bearer <your_token> header.

$ curl -H "Authorization: Bearer <your_token>" http://localhost:8000/protected-url/

Additional Settings

There are some additional settings that you can override similar to how you'd do it with Django REST framework itself. Here are all the available defaults.

JWT_ENCODE_HANDLER = 'jwt_auth.utils.jwt_encode_handler'
JWT_DECODE_HANDLER = 'jwt_auth.utils.jwt_decode_handler',
JWT_PAYLOAD_HANDLER = 'jwt_auth.utils.jwt_payload_handler'
JWT_PAYLOAD_GET_USER_ID_HANDLER = 'jwt_auth.utils.jwt_get_user_id_from_payload_handler'
JWT_SECRET_KEY: SECRET_KEY
JWT_ALGORITHM = 'HS256'
JWT_VERIFY = True
JWT_VERIFY_EXPIRATION = True
JWT_LEEWAY = 0
JWT_EXPIRATION_DELTA = datetime.timedelta(seconds=300)
JWT_ALLOW_REFRESH = False
JWT_REFRESH_EXPIRATION_DELTA = datetime.timedelta(days=7)
JWT_AUTH_HEADER_PREFIX = 'Bearer'

This packages uses the JSON Web Token Python implementation, PyJWT and allows to modify some of it's available options.

JWT_SECRET_KEY

This is the secret key used to encrypt the JWT. Make sure this is safe and not shared or public.

Default is your project's settings.SECRET_KEY.

JWT_ALGORITHM

Possible values:

  • HS256 - HMAC using SHA-256 hash algorithm (default)
  • HS384 - HMAC using SHA-384 hash algorithm
  • HS512 - HMAC using SHA-512 hash algorithm
  • RS256 - RSASSA-PKCS1-v1_5 signature algorithm using SHA-256 hash algorithm
  • RS384 - RSASSA-PKCS1-v1_5 signature algorithm using SHA-384 hash algorithm
  • RS512 - RSASSA-PKCS1-v1_5 signature algorithm using SHA-512 hash algorithm

Note:

For the RSASSA-PKCS1-v1_5 algorithms, the "secret" argument in jwt.encode is supposed to be a private RSA key as imported with Crypto.PublicKey.RSA.importKey. Likewise, the "secret" argument in jwt.decode is supposed to be the public RSA key imported with the same method.

Default is "HS256".

JWT_VERIFY

If the secret is wrong, it will raise a jwt.DecodeError telling you as such. You can still get at the payload by setting the JWT_VERIFY to False.

Default is True.

JWT_VERIFY_EXPIRATION

You can turn off expiration time verification with by setting JWT_VERIFY_EXPIRATION to False.

Default is True.

JWT_LEEWAY

This allows you to validate an expiration time which is in the past but no very far. For example, if you have a JWT payload with an expiration time set to 30 seconds after creation but you know that sometimes you will process it after 30 seconds, you can set a leeway of 10 seconds in order to have some margin.

Default is 0 seconds.

JWT_EXPIRATION_DELTA

This is an instance of Python's datetime.timedelta. This will be added to datetime.utcnow() to set the expiration time.

Default is datetime.timedelta(seconds=300)(5 minutes).

JWT_ALLOW_REFRESH

Enable token refresh functionality. Token issued from rest_framework_jwt.views.obtain_jwt_token will have an orig_iat field. Default is False

JWT_REFRESH_EXPIRATION_DELTA

Limit on token refresh, is a datetime.timedelta instance. This is how much time after the original token that future tokens can be refreshed from.

Default is datetime.timedelta(days=7) (7 days).

JWT_PAYLOAD_HANDLER

Specify a custom function to generate the token payload

JWT_PAYLOAD_GET_USER_ID_HANDLER

If you store user_id differently than the default payload handler does, implement this function to fetch user_id from the payload.

JWT_AUTH_HEADER_PREFIX

You can modify the Authorization header value prefix that is required to be sent together with the token.

Default is Bearer.

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