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Auth0 vs JSON Web Token: What are the differences?

Auth0 is an identity and access management platform for secure authentication, while JSON Web Token (JWT) is a compact data format commonly used for securely transmitting information in web applications, often employed in Auth0's authentication process. Let's explore the key differences between the two.

  1. Integration and Functionality: Auth0 is a comprehensive identity management platform that provides a range of authentication and authorization features, including user management, single sign-on, multi-factor authentication, and social logins. On the other hand, JWT is a specific type of token format that is commonly used for securely transmitting authentication and authorization information between parties.

  2. Authentication vs Token Format: Auth0 focuses on providing a seamless authentication experience, allowing developers to easily integrate various authentication methods into their applications. In contrast, JWT is purely a token format that represents claims about the user and can be used to securely authenticate and authorize requests.

  3. Centralized vs Decentralized: Auth0 is a centralized identity provider solution, where all authentication requests are handled by the Auth0 service. In contrast, JWT is a decentralized token format, allowing the authentication and authorization logic to be implemented within the applications themselves.

  4. Out-of-the-box Features: Auth0 provides several out-of-the-box features such as user management, social logins, customizable login flows, passwordless authentication, and robust security measures. JWT, being a token format, does not offer these features directly. However, it can be used within the Auth0 platform or in conjunction with other authentication systems to enhance security.

  5. Scalability and Maintenance: Auth0 handles the infrastructure and maintenance of the authentication system, ensuring scalability, reliability, and security. Using Auth0 allows developers to focus on their core applications without worrying about the underlying infrastructure. With JWT, developers are responsible for implementing and maintaining the authentication and authorization logic within their applications, which may require additional efforts for scalability and maintenance.

  6. Vendor Lock-in: Auth0 is a third-party service, meaning that relying heavily on Auth0 for authentication may result in vendor lock-in. On the other hand, JWT is a standard token format that can be used independently of any specific authentication service, providing more flexibility and avoiding vendor lock-in.

In summary, Auth0 is a comprehensive identity management platform that offers various authentication and authorization features, while JWT is a token format used to securely transmit authentication and authorization information. Auth0 provides out-of-the-box features, handles infrastructure and maintenance, and may result in vendor lock-in, whereas JWT allows decentralized implementation, requires manual integration and maintenance, but offers more flexibility.

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Currently, Passport.js repo has 324 open issues, and Jared (the original author) seems to be the one doing most of the work. Also, given that the documentation is not proper. Is it worth using Passport.js?

As of now, StackShare shows it has 29 companies using it. How do you implement auth in your project or your company? Are there any good alternatives to Passport.js? Should I implement auth from scratch?

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I would recommend Auth0 only if you are willing to shell out money. You can keep up with their free version only for a very limited time and as per our experience as a growing startup where budget is an issue, their support was not very helpful as they first asked us to sign a commercial agreement even before helping us t o find out whether Auth0 fits our use case or not! But otherwise Auth0 is a great platform to speed up authentication. In our case we had to move to alternatives like Casbin for multi-tenant authorization!

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I started our team on Amazon Cognito because I was a Solutions Architect at AWS and found it really easy to follow the tutorials and get a basic app up and running with it.

When our team started working with it, they very quickly became frustrated because of the poor documentation. After 4 days of trying to get all the basic passwordless auth working, our lead engineer made the decision to abandon it and try Auth0... and managed to get everything implemented in 4 hours.

The consensus was that Cognito just isn't mature enough or well-documented, and that the implementation does not cater for real world use cases the way that it should. I believe Amplify has made some of this simpler, but I would still recommend Auth0 as it's been bulletproof for us, and is a sensible price.

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    JSON web token
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    Integration with 20+ Social Providers
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    It's a universal solution
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    SDKs
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    Amazing Documentation
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    Heroku Add-on
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    Enterprise support
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    Great Sample Repos
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    Extend platform with "rules"
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    Easy integration, non-intrusive identity provider
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    Passwordless
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    It can integrate seamlessly with firebase
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    Great documentation, samples, UX and Angular support
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    Polished
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    On-premise deployment
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    Will sign BAA for HIPAA-compliance
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    MFA
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    Active Directory support
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    Great support
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      Pricing too high (Developer Pro)
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      Rapidly changing API
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