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Getting Started with Auth

Auth (vapor/auth) is a framework for adding authentication to your application. It builds on top of Fluent by using models as the basis of authentication.


There is a Vapor API template with Auth pre-configured available. See Getting Started → Toolbox → Templates.

Let's take a look at how you can get started using Auth.


The first step to using Auth is adding it as a dependency to your project in your SPM package manifest file.

// swift-tools-version:4.0
import PackageDescription

let package = Package(
    name: "MyApp",
    dependencies: [
        /// Any other dependencies ...

        // 👤 Authentication and Authorization framework for Fluent.
        .package(url: "", from: "2.0.0"),
    targets: [
        .target(name: "App", dependencies: ["Authentication", ...]),
        .target(name: "Run", dependencies: ["App"]),
        .testTarget(name: "AppTests", dependencies: ["App"]),

Auth currently provides one module Authentication. In the future, there will be a separate module named Authorization for performing more advanced auth.


Once you have succesfully added the Auth package to your project, the next step is to configure it in your application. This is usually done in configure.swift.

import Authentication

// register Authentication provider
try services.register(AuthenticationProvider())

That's it for basic setup. The next step is to create an authenticatable model.