Using Auth0 with Ruby

This tutorial explains how to integrate Auth0 with a Ruby on Rails application. If you are using Sinatra, it's very similar, look at the one file example below.


1. Install Auth0 gem

Add the gem to your Gemfile:

gem 'auth0'

This gem is essentially an Omniauth Strategy.

2. Setting up the callback URL in Auth0

After authenticating the user on Auth0, we will do a GET to a URL on your web site. For security purposes, you have to register this URL on the Application Settings section on Auth0 Admin app.


3. Initialize the auth0 gem

Add the auth0.rb file under the config/initializers folder with the following settings:

Rails.application.config.middleware.use OmniAuth::Builder do
    callback_path: "/auth/auth0/callback"

Don't forget to change the callback_path if you're using a different route for the callback.

4. Initialize the auth0 strategy in your app

Create the callback controller

rails generate controller auth0 callback

Open the callback_controller.rb under the app/controllers folder and implement the methods store (used to store the user profile in session), and failure (to display error messages):

class Auth0Controller < ApplicationController
    def callback
        session[:userinfo] = env['omniauth.auth']
        redirect_to root_path

Set the callback route in the routes.rb under config folder:

get "/auth/auth0/callback" => "auth0#callback"

5. Triggering login manually or integrating the Auth0 widget

There are different ways of integrating Auth0 in your site. Below, some of them with a preview and a code snippet to copy paste.

This is how it will look on a browser...

Auth0 JavaScript libraries are Open Source:

6. Accessing user information

Once the user successfully authenticates and returns to the application, you can retrieve his/her profile attributes through the session[:userinfo] stored in Auth0Controller

class UserController < ApplicationController
  def index
      @user = session[:userinfo]

The userinfo includes these attributes: uid, name, email, nickname and image.

<div class="well clearfix">
    <%= @user.uid %>

OmniAuth will always return a hash of information after authenticating with an external provider in the Rack environment under the key omniauth.auth. This information is meant to be as normalized as possible, so the schema below will be filled to the greatest degree available given the provider upon authentication. For more information about the user profile read this, and read Auth0's normalized user profile.



require 'sinatra'
require 'omniauth'
require 'auth0'

use Rack::Session::Cookie
use OmniAuth::Builder do

get '/' do
  # render the login widget form Step 5
  erb :login 

get '/auth/auth0/callback' do
  auth = request.env['omniauth.auth']
  p auth.inspect
  # auth will have the user info!

Troubleshooting SSL issues

It seems that under some configurations Ruby can't find certification authority certificates (CA Certs).

Download CURL's CA certs bundle to the project directory:

$ curl -o lib/ca-bundle.crt

Then add this initializer config/initializers/fix_ssl.rb:

require 'open-uri'
require 'net/https'

module Net
  class HTTP
    alias_method :original_use_ssl=, :use_ssl=

    def use_ssl=(flag)
      path = ( Rails.env == "development") ? "lib/ca-bundle.crt" : "/usr/lib/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt"
      self.ca_file = Rails.root.join(path).to_s
      self.verify_mode = OpenSSL::SSL::VERIFY_PEER
      self.original_use_ssl = flag