jQuery OAuth ============ A $.ajax wrapper for OAuth 2 access and refresh token management for use in a SPA.

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import jqueryOauth from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/jquery-oauth';


jQuery OAuth

A $.ajax wrapper for OAuth 2 access and refresh token management for use in a SPA.


This is a library for storing access token client side and use it for $.ajax requests. Secondly, it is a library for requesting new access tokens upon expiration.


I have written an extensive blog post about writing a web app using Lumen that utilizes this library for client side management of tokens.

Building a web app with Lumen web API and OAuth2 authentication



  • Stores access token client side using store.js for persistence between refreshes
  • Adds authorization header to ajax requests
  • Adds CSRF token to header requests if provided to protect access token
  • When access token expires all 401 requests are buffered and fired after a new access token is generated by using refresh token server side
  • Works with AMD modules


Can be installed via bower package

bower install --save jquery-oauth

... or by cloning the repository

git clone git@github.com:esbenp/jquery-oauth.git

... or by grabbing a zip of the latest release


OAuth has to be implemented server side. If using Laravel, I recommend the great library oauth-server-laravel by Luca Degasperi (@lucadegasperi).

Have an endpoint that issues access tokens. Remember do NOT send client_id and client_secret with the request. Send the request to a proxy endpoint that sends the request to the OAuth endpoint. Remember do NOT save the refresh token client side. Save this as an encrypted httponly cookie and use a proxy to send this to the OAuth endpoint when refreshing access tokens.

Example of resource owner implementation in a SPA

Somewhere where things are initialised

define([/*other dependencies,*/ "jquery-oauth", function(jqOAuth){
    /* other initialisation */

    var csrfToken = $("input[name='_token']").val();	

    var auth = new jqOAuth({
        csrfToken: csrfToken,
        events: {
            login: function() {
                // User is hereby logged in and the 
                // access token will be added to subsequent
                // $.ajax calls, until a new token cannot 
                // be acquired or auth.logout() is called.
            logout: function() {
                // auth.logout() has been called and the 
                // authorization headers are removed from 
                // $.ajaxSettings. Tokens are removed from
                // localStorage.
            tokenExpiration: function() {
                // this event is fired when 401 calls are 
                // received from the server. Has to return 
                // an ajax promise. 
                // New tokens are set with auth.setAccessToken()
                return $.post("/refresh-token-proxy-endpoint").success(function(response){
                    auth.setAccessToken(response.accessToken, response.accessTokenExpiration);

Login form (when form is submitted)

   url: "/access-token-proxy-endpoint",
   method: "POST",
   data: {
       username: "username-from-a-form",
       password: "password-from-a-form"
   statusCode: {
       200: function(response) {
           auth.login(response.accessToken, response.accessTokenExpiration);
       401: function() {
           alert("The username or password were not correct. Try again.");




These calls are available through auth

define(['jquery-oauth'], function(auth){
    // The access token and expiration in seconds
    // Sets authorization headers and stores tokens
    auth.login(accessToken, accessTokenExpiration);

   // Removes headers from $.ajax and tokens from localStorage

   // Initialize library
   var auth = new jqOAuth({
       csrfToken: "token" //CSRF token,
       events: {
           logout: function(){},
           login:  function(){},
           tokenExpiration: function(){}

   // Sets new tokens - should be used with tokenExpiration event
   auth.setAccessToken(accessToken, accessTokenExpiration);

   // Checks for tokens

Thank you

The library addresses OAuth problems in general. Many of these are outlined in this great article: OAuth2 with Angular the right way

Also, the refresh token functionality takes great inspiration in this great AngularJS library: angular-http-auth

So thank you Jeremy Marc (@jeremymarc) and Witold Szczerba (@witoldsz)


Copyright © 2015 Esben Petersen & Contributors

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