This guide is for getting started with using PropelAuth with NextJS version 13 with server side rendering. If you are only planning on using client side support, please reference our React libraries instead.


First, be sure to install the following package in order to access these features.

npm install @propelauth/nextjs


Before you start, make sure you have a PropelAuth account. You can sign up for free at here.

You’ll need to set the following .env variables in your Next.js application:


You can find the NEXT_PUBLIC_AUTH_URL, PROPELAUTH_API_KEY, and PROPELAUTH_VERIFIER_KEY variables for your application in the PropelAuth Dashboard under Backend Integration.

When you copy the PROPELAUTH_VERIFIER_KEY from the PropelAuth dashboard, it will automatically paste into your .env file with line breaks. However, due to the way some systems interpret multiline environment variables, you will need to edit the verifier key value to include ‘\n’ instead of newline characters. For example:


For the PROPELAUTH_REDIRECT_URI variable, you need to add /api/auth/callback to the end of one of your allowed frontend locations. So, for example, if you are developing in the test environment and using http://localhost:3000, you would use http://localhost:3000/api/auth/callback

Set up routes

In your src/app/api/auth/[slug] directory, create a file called route.ts with the following content:

import {getRouteHandlers} from "@propelauth/nextjs/server/app-router";
import {NextRequest} from "next/server";

// postLoginRedirectPathFn is optional, but if you want to redirect the user to a different page after login, you can do so here.
const routeHandlers = getRouteHandlers({
    postLoginRedirectPathFn: (req: NextRequest) => {
        return "/"
export const GET = routeHandlers.getRouteHandler
export const POST = routeHandlers.postRouteHandler

Set up AuthProvider

  • Using App Router

  • Using Pages Router

In your root layout, src/app/layout.tsx, add the AuthProvider:

        import {AuthProvider} from "@propelauth/nextjs/client";

export default async function RootLayout({children}: {children: React.ReactNode}) {
    return (
		<html lang="en">
		<AuthProvider authUrl={process.env.NEXT_PUBLIC_AUTH_URL}>
		    <body className={inter.className}>{children}</body>

This will wrap your NextJS application, and will allow you to access a user’s access token and metadata throughout the entire application.

Set up middleware (App Router Version Only)

In your src/middleware.ts file, add the following:

import {authMiddleware} from "@propelauth/nextjs/server/app-router";

export const middleware = authMiddleware

// The middleware is responsible for keeping the user session up to date.
// It should be called on every request that requires authentication AND /api/auth/.* routes.
export const config = {
  matcher: [
		// REQUIRED: Match all request paths that start with /api/auth/
		// OPTIONAL: Don't match any static assets

Basic Usage

Now that our project has been set up, below are a few examples of basic auth functionality using PropelAuth. As a reminder, Server components cannot have any user interactivity, so be sure to keep your desired functionality in mind when choosing which components to use.

Get the user in on the Server

  • Using App Router (Server Components)

  • Using Pages (getServerSideProps)

  • Using Pages (API Routes)

import {getUser} from "@propelauth/nextjs/server/app-router";

const WelcomeMessage = async () => {
	const user = await getUser()
	if (user) {
		return <div>Hello {user.firstName}!</div>
	} else {
		return <div>Please log in to be welcomed</div>
import {getUserOrRedirect} from "@propelauth/nextjs/server/app-router";

const WelcomeMessage = async () => {
	// If the user is not logged in, they will be redirected to the login page
	const user = await getUserOrRedirect()
	return <div>Hello {user.firstName}!</div>

Get the user in Client Components

"use client";

import {useUser} from "@propelauth/nextjs/client";

const WelcomeMessage = () => {
    const {loading, user} = useUser()
    if (loading) {
        return <div>Loading...</div>
    } else if (user) {
        return <div>Hello {}!</div>
    } else {
        return <div>Please log in to be welcomed</div>

Checking organization membership / RBAC

Note that this works on both the client’s User object or the client/server UserFromToken object, but the below example is on the server.

The quick answer is:

  • PropelAuth provides UI for users to create organizations and invite other users to join them.
  • Your users can also create Enterprise SSO/SAML connections to their own Identity Providers (IdPs) so their organization members can log in with their existing work credentials.
  • You can create organizations and add users to them via our APIs or our Dashboard.
// src/app/org/[slug]/page.tsx
import {getUserOrRedirect} from "@propelauth/nextjs/server/app-router";

export default async function AdminOnlyPage({ params }: { params: { slug: string } }) {
	const user = await getUserOrRedirect()
	const org = user.getOrgByName(params.slug);
	const isAdmin = org?.isRole("Admin")

	if (!isAdmin) {
			return <div>Not found</div>
	} else {
			return <div>Welcome {user.firstName}, Admin of {org?.orgName}</div>

Logging out

"use client"

import {useLogoutFunction} from "@propelauth/nextjs/client";

export default function LogoutButton() {
	const logoutFn = useLogoutFunction()
	return <button onClick={logoutFn}>Logout</button>

Logging in / Signing up

If you don’t want to use redirect functions, you can also use useHostedPageUrls which will return the URLs instead of redirecting.

"use client"

import {useRedirectFunctions} from "@propelauth/nextjs/client";

export default function SignupAndLoginButtons() {
	const {redirectToSignupPage, redirectToLoginPage} = useRedirectFunctions()
	return <>
		<button onClick={redirectToSignupPage}>Sign up</button>
		<button onClick={redirectToLoginPage}>Log in</button>

Redirecting to Account / Org pages

PropelAuth also provides you with pre-built account and organization management UIs. You can redirect your users to these pages by using the following functions:

"use client"

import {useRedirectFunctions} from "@propelauth/nextjs/client";

export default function AccountAndOrgButtons() {
	const {redirectToAccountPage, redirectToOrgPage} = useRedirectFunctions()
	return <>
		<button onClick={redirectToAccountPage}>Account</button>
		<button onClick={redirectToOrgPage}>Organization</button>

Making API calls to PropelAuth

You can use our APIs like so:

import {getPropelAuthApis} from "@propelauth/nextjs/server";

const apis = getPropelAuthApis()
await apis.disableUser(userId)

Making a call to an external API

PropelAuth also supports backend that are not Next.js. To make an authenticated request to an external API, you’ll need an access token. You can get an access token on the frontend from the useUser hook:

import {useUser} from "@propelauth/nextjs/client";

const MyComponent = () => {
    const {loading, accessToken} = useUser()

    // Make a request to an external API with useEffect, useQuery, etc.

Within the App Router, you can also call getAccessToken to get the access token.


The most common cause of issues is placing the route.ts file in the wrong directory. It must be in src/app/api/auth/[slug] whether you’re using the App Router or Pages Router.