Authentication hooks

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$ npm install feathers-authentication-hooks --save

feathers-authentication-hooks is a package containing some useful hooks for authentication and authorization. For more information about hooks, refer to the chapter on hooks.

Note: Restricting authentication hooks will only run when params.provider is set (as in when the method is accessed externally through a transport like REST or Socketio).

queryWithCurrentUser

The queryWithCurrentUser before hook will automatically add the user's id as a parameter in the query. This is useful when you want to only return data, for example "messages", that were sent by the current user.

const hooks = require('feathers-authentication-hooks');

app.service('messages').before({
  find: [
    hooks.queryWithCurrentUser({ idField: 'id', as: 'sentBy' })
  ]
});

Options

  • idField (default: '_id') [optional] - The id field on your user object.
  • as (default: 'userId') [optional] - The id field for a user on the resource you are requesting.
  • expandPaths (default: true) [optional] - Prevent path expansion when the DB Adapter doesn't support it. Ex: With this option set to false, a value like 'foo.userId' won't be expanded to a nested { "foo": { "userId": 51 } } but instead be set as { "foo.userId": 51 }.

When using this hook with the default options the User._id will be copied into hook.params.query.userId.

restrictToOwner

restrictToOwner is meant to be used as a before hook. It only allows the user to retrieve or modify resources that are owned by them. It will return a Forbidden error without the proper permissions. It can be used on any method.

For find method calls and patch, update and remove of many (with id set to null), the queryWithCurrentUser hook will be called to limit the query to the current user. For all other cases it will retrieve the record and verify the owner before continuing.

const hooks = require('feathers-authentication-hooks');

app.service('messages').before({
  remove: [
    hooks.restrictToOwner({ idField: 'id', ownerField: 'sentBy' })
  ]
});

Options

  • idField (default: '_id') [optional] - The id field on your user object.
  • ownerField (default: 'userId') [optional] - The id field for a user on your resource.
  • expandPaths (default: true) [optional] - Prevent path expansion when the DB Adapter doesn't support it. Also see queryWithCurrentUser.

restrictToAuthenticated

The restrictToAuthenticated hook throws an error if there isn't a logged-in user by checking for the hook.params.user object. It can be used on any service method and is intended to be used as a before hook. It doesn't take any arguments.

const hooks = require('feathers-authentication-hooks');

app.service('user').before({
  get: [
    hooks.restrictToAuthenticated()
  ]
});

Options

  • entity (default: 'user') [optional] - The property name on hook.params to check for

associateCurrentUser

The associateCurrentUser before hook is similar to the queryWithCurrentUser, but works on the incoming data instead of the query params. It's useful for automatically adding the userId to any resource being created. It can be used on create, update, or patch methods.

const hooks = require('feathers-authentication-hooks');

app.service('messages').before({
  create: [
    hooks.associateCurrentUser({ idField: 'id', as: 'sentBy' })
  ]
});

Options

  • idField (default: '_id') [optional] - The id field on your user object.
  • as (default: 'userId') [optional] - The id field for a user that you want to set on your resource.

restrictToRoles

restrictToRoles is meant to be used as a before hook. It only allows the user to retrieve resources that are owned by them or protected by certain roles. It will return a Forbidden error without the proper permissions. It can be used on all methods when the owner option is set to 'false'. When the owner option is set to true the hook can only be used on get, update, patch, and remove service methods.

const hooks = require('feathers-authentication-hooks');

app.service('messages').before({
  remove: [
    hooks.restrictToRoles({
        roles: ['admin', 'super-admin'],
        fieldName: 'permissions',
        idField: 'id',
        ownerField: 'sentBy',
        owner: true
    })
  ]
});

Options

  • roles (required) - An array of roles that a user must have at least one of in order to access the resource.
  • fieldName (default: 'roles') [optional] - The field on your user object that denotes their roles.
  • idField (default: '_id') [optional] - The id field on your user object.
  • ownerField (default: 'userId') [optional] - The id field for a user on your resource.
  • owner (default: 'false') [optional] - Denotes whether it should also allow owners regardless of their role (ie. the user has the role or is an owner).

hasRoleOrRestrict

hasRoleOrRestrict is meant to be used as a before hook for any service on the find or get methods. Unless the user has one of the roles provided, it will add a restriction onto the query to limit what resources return.

const hooks = require('feathers-authentication-hooks');

app.service('messages').before({
  find: [
    hooks.hasRoleOrRestrict({
        roles: ['admin', 'super-admin'],
        fieldName: 'permissions',
        restrict: { approved: true }
    })
  ]
});

Options

  • roles (required) - An array of roles that a user must have at least one of in order to access the resource.
  • fieldName (default: 'roles') [optional] - The field on your user object that denotes their roles.
  • restrict (default: undefined) - The query to merge into the client query to limit what resources are accessed

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