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Auth0 vs WorkOS: What are the differences?

Introduction

Auth0 and WorkOS are two popular identity management platforms that offer secure authentication and authorization solutions for businesses and developers. While both platforms provide similar functionalities, there are several key differences that set them apart. In this article, we will discuss six key differences between Auth0 and WorkOS.

  1. Pricing Model: Auth0 and WorkOS have different pricing models. Auth0 offers a subscription-based pricing model, where users pay based on the number of monthly active users (MAUs). On the other hand, WorkOS offers a consumption-based pricing model, where users are billed based on the level of usage, such as the number of API calls or the number of users managed.

  2. Customizability: Auth0 provides a highly customizable authentication and authorization solution. It offers extensive customization options, allowing developers to tailor the user experience to meet their specific requirements. In contrast, WorkOS focuses more on providing pre-built workflows and integrations, offering less flexibility for customization.

  3. Enterprise Features: Auth0 offers several enterprise-grade features that cater to the needs of large organizations. These features include multi-factor authentication, single sign-on (SSO) for business applications, user management, and advanced security options. WorkOS, on the other hand, is more focused on providing identity infrastructure for the developer community and may not offer the same level of enterprise features.

  4. Developer Experience: Both Auth0 and WorkOS provide a developer-friendly experience, but with some differences. Auth0 offers comprehensive SDKs and documentation, making it easier for developers to integrate authentication and authorization into their applications. WorkOS also provides SDKs, but its focus is more on simplifying the integration of enterprise-ready features, such as SSO and directory sync.

  5. Integration Ecosystem: Auth0 has a vast integration ecosystem, with support for hundreds of popular third-party applications and services. It offers seamless integrations with identity providers, such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Azure AD. WorkOS, on the other hand, primarily focuses on integrating with IT applications and services commonly used in enterprises, such as Okta, G Suite, and Slack.

  6. Target Audience: Auth0 caters to a broad audience, including developers, businesses, and enterprises of all sizes. Its feature set and pricing options are designed to accommodate various use cases and scalability requirements. WorkOS, on the other hand, primarily targets developers and businesses looking for a simplified and scalable solution for implementing identity infrastructure in their applications.

In Summary, Auth0 and WorkOS differ in terms of pricing model, customizability, enterprise features, developer experience, integration ecosystem, and target audience.

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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?

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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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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 WorkOS
  • 70
    JSON web token
  • 31
    Integration with 20+ Social Providers
  • 20
    It's a universal solution
  • 20
    SDKs
  • 15
    Amazing Documentation
  • 11
    Heroku Add-on
  • 8
    Enterprise support
  • 7
    Great Sample Repos
  • 7
    Extend platform with "rules"
  • 4
    Azure Add-on
  • 3
    Easy integration, non-intrusive identity provider
  • 3
    Passwordless
  • 2
    It can integrate seamlessly with firebase
  • 2
    Great documentation, samples, UX and Angular support
  • 2
    Polished
  • 2
    On-premise deployment
  • 1
    Will sign BAA for HIPAA-compliance
  • 1
    MFA
  • 1
    Active Directory support
  • 1
    Springboot
  • 1
    SOC2
  • 1
    SAML Support
  • 1
    Great support
  • 1
    OpenID Connect (OIDC) Support
  • 3
    Passwordless Authentication
  • 3
    Don't have to rip out existing user management schema
  • 3
    SDKs
  • 3
    Amazing Developer Support
  • 3
    Integration with Enterprise Identity Providers
  • 3
    SSO integration in under an hour
  • 2
    Transparent pricing
  • 1
    High Uptime
  • 1
    SCIM
  • 1
    Great Documentation

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Cons of Auth0
Cons of WorkOS
  • 15
    Pricing too high (Developer Pro)
  • 7
    Poor support
  • 4
    Rapidly changing API
  • 4
    Status page not reflect actual status
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    What is Auth0?

    A set of unified APIs and tools that instantly enables Single Sign On and user management to all your applications.

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    Start selling to enterprise customers with just a few lines of code.

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    What are some alternatives to Auth0 and WorkOS?
    Stormpath
    Stormpath is an authentication and user management service that helps development teams quickly and securely build web and mobile applications and services.
    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.
    Okta
    Connect all your apps in days, not months, with instant access to thousands of pre-built integrations - even add apps to the network yourself. Integrations are easy to set up, constantly monitored, proactively repaired and handle authentication and provisioning.
    Firebase
    Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.
    Keycloak
    It is an Open Source Identity and Access Management For Modern Applications and Services. It adds authentication to applications and secure services with minimum fuss. No need to deal with storing users or authenticating users. It's all available out of the box.
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