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Basic Authentication for an Express Node App (htpasswd)

Basic Authentication for an Express Node App (htpasswd)

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I was struggling to find a simple way to add username and password authentication to a Node.js app running on an Express server, like .htpasswd for Apache. Finally, a StackOverflow answer helped me out.

To start, install the basic-auth package:

npm install basic-auth

Create an auth.js with the following code, changing username and password to whatever you want.

const auth = require('basic-auth');

const admins = { 'username': { password: 'password' }, };

module.exports = function (request, response, next) {
  var user = auth(request);
  if (!user || !admins[user.name] || admins[user.name].password !== user.pass) {
    response.set('WWW-Authenticate', 'Basic realm="example"');
    return response.status(401).send();
  return next();

And in server.js, include this at the top of your file.

const auth = require('./auth');
const app = express();


Make sure to hide auth.js with a .gitignore file, and you’re all set!


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