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Decisions about Amazon Cognito, Devise, and OmniAuth
Brent Maxwell
Amazon CognitoAmazon Cognito

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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Pros of Amazon Cognito
Pros of Devise
Pros of OmniAuth
  • 14
    Backed by Amazon
  • 7
    Manage Unique Identities
  • 4
    Work Offline
  • 3
  • 2
    Store and Sync
  • 1
    Free for first 50000 users
  • 1
    It works
  • 1
    Integrate with Google, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, SAML
  • 1
    SDKs and code samples
  • 33
  • 17
    Open Source
  • 4
    Support for neo4j database
  • 2
  • 6
    Easy Social Login
  • 3

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Cons of Amazon Cognito
Cons of Devise
Cons of OmniAuth
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    Massive Pain to get working
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    Documentation often out of date
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    Login-UI sparsely customizable (e.g. no translation)
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    Docs are vast but mostly useless
  • 1
    MFA: there is no "forget device" function
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    Difficult to customize (basic-pack is more than humble)
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    Lacks many basic features
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    There is no "Logout" method in the API
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    Different Language SDKs not compatible
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    No recovery codes for MFA
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    Hard to find expiration times for tokens/codes
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    Only paid support
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      What is Amazon Cognito?

      You can create unique identities for your users through a number of public login providers (Amazon, Facebook, and Google) and also support unauthenticated guests. You can save app data locally on users’ devices allowing your applications to work even when the devices are offline.

      What is Devise?

      Devise is a flexible authentication solution for Rails based on Warden

      What is OmniAuth?

      OmniAuth is a Ruby authentication framework aimed to abstract away the difficulties of working with various types of authentication providers. It is meant to be hooked up to just about any system, from social networks to enterprise systems to simple username and password authentication.

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