DocumentationReferenceConfiguring an applicationEnabling authentication

Enabling authentication

Every wolkenkit application supports authentication of users. For that it relies on an external identity provider that issues JSON web tokens.

Adding the certificate

To enable authentication, you need the certificate of one of more identity providers you want to use. To store the certificate create a server/keys directory. To keep things clear, it is recommended to create a dedicated sub-directory for each identity provider.

Then, copy the certificate into the appropriate directory. Use the .pem file format and name the file certificate.pem.

E.g., to use an identity provider that is hosted at identity.example.com, use the following directory structure:


Configuring an identity provider

To configure an identity provider, open the application's package.json file, navigate to wolkenkit/environment/default/identityProviders, and set the issuer property to the iss value of the identity provider's issued tokens, and the certificate property to the path to the certificate directory.

Choose the right environment

If you use an environment different than default, make sure that you use the name of the appropriate environment.

E.g., to configure an identity provider that uses identity.example.com as its iss value and whose certificate is stored in the server/keys/identity.example.com directory, use the following code:

"wolkenkit": {
  "environments": {
    "default": {
      "identityProviders": [
          "issuer": "identityprovider.example.com",
          "certificate": "/server/keys/identityprovider.example.com"

If you provide more than one identity provider, your wolkenkit application will accept tokens created by any of them.