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Keycloak - Identity and Access Management for Modern Applications

By : Stian Thorgersen, Pedro Igor Silva
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Keycloak - Identity and Access Management for Modern Applications

By: Stian Thorgersen, Pedro Igor Silva

Overview of this book

Implementing authentication and authorization for applications can be a daunting experience, often leaving them exposed to security vulnerabilities. Keycloak is an open-source solution for identity management and access management for modern applications, which can make a world of difference if you learn how to use it. Keycloak, helping you get started with using it and securing your applications. Complete with hands-on tutorials, best practices, and self-assessment questions, this easy-to-follow guide will show you how to secure a sample application and then move on to securing different application types. As you progress, you will understand how to configure and manage Keycloak as well as how to leverage some of its more advanced capabilities. Finally, you'll gain insights into securely using Keycloak in production. By the end of this book, you will have learned how to install and manage Keycloak as well as how to secure new and existing applications.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Section 1: Getting Started with Keycloak
Section 2: Securing Applications with Keycloak
Section 3: Configuring and Managing Keycloak
Section 4: Security Considerations

Integrating with Node.js applications

For Node.js applications, Keycloak provides a specific adapter called Keycloak Node.js Adapter. Like other adapters, it is targeted at integration with Keycloak rather than a generic OpenID Connect client implementation.

The Keycloak Node.js adapter hides most of the internals from your application through a simple API that you can use to protect your application resources. The adapter is available as an npm package and can be installed into your project as follows:

$ npm install keycloak-connect

The code examples for this section are available from the following GitHub repository:

$ cd Keycloak-Identity-and-Access-Management-for-Modern-Applications/ch7/nodejs

In the preceding directory, you will find a frontend directory and a backend directory, which contain all the code you'll need to follow and run the following examples.

Now that you have installed the keycloak-connect dependency on your application, we are going to...