Authentication plugin for Genie framework
Author GenieFramework
10 Stars
Updated Last
2 Years Ago
Started In
June 2019


Authentication plugin for Genie.jl


Add the GenieAuthentication plugin to your Genie app dependencies.

First load the Genie app's environment:

$ cd /path/to/your/genie_app

$ bin/repl

Next, add the plugin:

julia> ]

(MyGenieApp) pkg> add

Once added, we can use it to add its files to the Genie app (required only upon installation):

julia> using GenieAuthentication

julia> GenieAuthentication.install(@__DIR__)

The above command will set up the plugin's files within your Genie app (will potentially add new views, controllers, models, migrations, initializers, etc).


The main plugin file should now be found in the plugins/ folder within your Genie app. It sets up configuration and registers routes.


Make sure to comment out the /register routes if you don't want to provide user registration features. Otherwise you run the risk of allowing random users to create accounts and expose your application!

Set up the database

The plugin needs DB support to store user data. You will find a *_create_table_users.jl migration file within the db/migrations/ folder. We need to run it:

julia> using SearchLight

julia> SearchLight.Migration.up("CreateTableUsers")

This will create the necessary table.


If your app wasn't already set up to work with SearchLight, you need to add SearchLight support first. Please check the Genie documentation on how to do that.

Set up the successful login route

Upon a successful login, the plugin will redirect the user to the :get_home route. Please make sure you define the route and name it accordingly, ex:

route("/admin", AdminController.index, named = :get_home)

If for any reason you can't define the route, you can alternatively edit the code in the login() function in app/resources/authentication/AuthenticationController.jl and change :get_home with your desired route. Editing the controller, however, is not recommended, as future updates might overwrite your changes.

Forcing authentication

Now that we have a functional authentication system, we can use a Genie controller before hook to force authentication. Add this to the controller files which you want placed behind auth:

before() = authenticated() || throw(ExceptionalResponse(redirect(:show_login)))

The before hook will automatically be invoked by Genie.Router before actually executing the route handler. By throwing an ExceptionalResponse Exception we force a redirect to the :show_login route which displays the login form.


This is how we would limit access to a full module by forcing authentication:

module AdminController

using GenieAuthentication, Genie.Renderer, Genie.Exceptions, Genie.Renderer.Html

before() = authenticated() || throw(ExceptionalResponse(redirect(:show_login)))

function index()
  h1("Welcome Admin") |> html



If you're throwing an ExceptionalResponse as the result of the failed authentication, make sure to also be using Genie.Exceptions.


The plugin can also be used within functions.

module AdminController

using GenieAuthentication, Genie.Renderer, Genie.Exceptions, Genie.Renderer.Html

# This function _can not_ be accessed without authentication
function index()
  authenticated() || throw(ExceptionalResponse(redirect(:show_login)))
  h1("Welcome Admin") |> html

# This function _can_ be accessed without authentication
function terms_and_conditions()
  # content here


Or even:

using GenieAuthentication

route("/you/shant/pass") do 
  authenticated() || return "Can't touch this!"
  "You're welcome!"

Adding a user

You can create a user at the REPL like this (using stronger usernames and passwords though ๐Ÿ™ˆ):

julia> u = User(email = "admin@admin", name = "Admin", password = Users.hash_password("admin"), username = "admin")

julia> save!(u)

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