Introduction to User Authentication with Auth0

User authentication is a critical feature for web applications that allows users to create accounts, log in, and access personalized content. Auth0 is a popular authentication platform that simplifies the process of adding secure authentication to your applications. In this tutorial, we'll explore how to implement user authentication with Auth0 in a Next.js application.

Setting Up Your Auth0 Account

Before implementing Auth0 authentication in your Next.js app, you need to set up an Auth0 account:

  1. Go to the Auth0 website and sign up for an account.
  2. Create a new Auth0 application to obtain the client ID and client secret.
  3. Configure your allowed callback URLs and logout URLs in your Auth0 application settings. These URLs should point to your Next.js app.
  4. Make a note of your Auth0 domain, client ID, and client secret as you'll need them in your Next.js app.

Setting Up Next.js with Auth0

1. Create a Next.js project or use an existing one:

npx create-next-app my-auth0-app
cd my-auth0-app

2. Install the necessary packages for Auth0 integration:

npm install @auth0/nextjs-auth0

3. Create an auth0.js configuration file in your project to store your Auth0 credentials:

// auth0.js
import { initAuth0 } from '@auth0/nextjs-auth0';
export default initAuth0({
clientId: process.env.AUTH0_CLIENT_ID,
clientSecret: process.env.AUTH0_CLIENT_SECRET,
scope: 'openid profile email',
domain: process.env.AUTH0_DOMAIN,
redirectUri: process.env.AUTH0_REDIRECT_URI,
postLogoutRedirectUri: process.env.AUTH0_POST_LOGOUT_REDIRECT_URI,
session: {
cookieSecret: process.env.SESSION_COOKIE_SECRET,
cookieLifetime: 60 * 60 * 8,
storeAccessToken: true,
storeRefreshToken: true,

4. Add environment variables for your Auth0 credentials to your project's .env.local file.

5. Create a pages/api/auth/[...auth0].js route to handle Auth0 authentication:

// pages/api/auth/[...auth0].js
import { handleAuth } from '@auth0/nextjs-auth0';
export default handleAuth();

6. Use Auth0 in your Next.js pages or components to handle authentication:

// pages/index.js
import { useUser } from '@auth0/nextjs-auth0';
function HomePage() {
const { user, error, isLoading } = useUser();
if (isLoading) {
return <div>Loading...</div>;
if (error) {
return <div>Error: {error.message}</div>;
if (user) {
return (
<h2>Welcome, {}!</h2>
<button onClick={() => logout()}>Log Out</button>
} else {
return <a href="/api/auth/login">Log In</a>;
export default HomePage;

7. Start your Next.js app:

npm run dev

Your app is now set up to handle user authentication with Auth0.

Customizing and Expanding Authentication

With Auth0, you can customize your authentication flow, add roles and permissions, and integrate with various identity providers. Explore the Auth0 documentation for advanced features and options.