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Auth0 vs Passport: What are the differences?

Auth0: Token-based Single Sign On for your Apps and APIs with social, databases and enterprise identities. A set of unified APIs and tools that instantly enables Single Sign On and user management to all your applications; Passport: Simple, unobtrusive authentication for Node.js. It is authentication middleware for Node.js. Extremely flexible and modular, It can be unobtrusively dropped in to any Express-based web application. A comprehensive set of strategies support authentication using a username and password, Facebook, Twitter, and more.

Auth0 and Passport can be primarily classified as "User Management and Authentication" tools.

Passport is an open source tool with 15.9K GitHub stars and 936 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Passport's open source repository on GitHub.

Binary.com, Chattermill, and White Rabbit Express are some of the popular companies that use Auth0, whereas Passport is used by Decision6, University of Europe Laureate Digital, and KOACHR. Auth0 has a broader approval, being mentioned in 121 company stacks & 55 developers stacks; compared to Passport, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 11 developer stacks.

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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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Auth0

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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Decisions about Auth0 and Passport
Brent Maxwell
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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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Pros of Auth0
Pros of Passport
  • 59
    JSON web token
  • 30
    Integration with 20+ Social Providers
  • 19
    SDKs
  • 19
    It's a universal solution
  • 14
    Amazing Documentation
  • 11
    Heroku Add-on
  • 8
    Enterprise support
  • 7
    Extend platform with "rules"
  • 7
    Great Sample Repos
  • 4
    Azure Add-on
  • 3
    Passwordless
  • 3
    Easy integration, non-intrusive identity provider
  • 2
    It can integrate seamlessly with firebase
  • 2
    Ruby
  • 2
    Great documentation, samples, UX and Angular support
  • 2
    Polished
  • 2
    On-premise deployment
  • 1
    Will sign BAA for HIPAA-compliance
  • 1
    SAML Support
  • 1
    Active Directory support
  • 1
    OpenID Connect (OIDC) Support
  • 1
    SOC2
  • 1
    Great support
  • 1
    Springboot
  • 0
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    Cons of Auth0
    Cons of Passport
    • 12
      Pricing too high (Developer Pro)
    • 7
      Poor support
    • 4
      Status page not reflect actual status
    • 3
      Rapidly changing API
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