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Authorizer

Overview

Authorizer is an open source auth solution for application. It works with many different databases, allowing the developers to use a single datastore for the entire application stack and have complete control over all user data.

Prerequisites

Installation

✅ Step 0 Download and install

Following the Authorizer documentation download and untar the software where you would like to install it.

✅ Step 1 Create the keyspace authorizer

From the Astra DB dashboard, click on your database name. Scroll down to where the keyspaces are listed, and click the Add Keyspace button to create a new keyspace. Name this keyspace authorizer.

✅ Step 2 Create configuration file

Use the delivered .env.sample file to create a new .env file for your configuration. Edit this file with Atom, Vi, or whichever editor you choose.

    cd authorizer
    cp .env.sample .env
    atom .env

✅ Step 3 Create base64 encoded strings from your cert, ca.crt, and key files

To successfully connect with Astra DB, you will need to open the secure bundle and convert the following files into base64 encoded strings:

  • cert
  • ca.crt
  • key

You can accomplish this with the base64 command:

base64 cert cert_base64_file
base64 ca.crt ca_base64_file
base64 key key_base64_file

Note that you can omit the file parameter and output the base64 encoded string to STDOUT for easy copy/paste accessibility.

✅ Step 4 Connect to Astra DB

To connect to Astra DB, you will need to specify the following variables in the .env file:

DATABASE_HOST="ASTRA_DB_ID-ASTRA_DB_REGION.db.astra.datastax.com"
DATABASE_TYPE="cassandradb"
DATABASE_PORT=29042
DATABASE_USERNAME="token"
DATABASE_PASSWORD="AstraCS:yourAstraT0ken"

DATABASE_CERT="LS0tLS1CRUdJTiBDblahblahblahnotrealRVJUSUZJQ0FURS0tLS0"
DATABASE_CERT_KEY="RXNRNVcKYXkwblahblahblahnotrealkt4b1FnL2s4K29IaD"
DATABASE_CA_CERT="WVhneERqQU1CZblahblahblahnotrealWQkFzVEJVTnNiM1Z"

✅ Step 5 Start Authorizer

From the authorizer directory, run the server binary from the build directory. It will run in the foreground.

build/server

Verify that it is running by bringing up the Authorizer dashboard in a browser: http://127.0.0.1:8080/dashboard/

Acknowledgements

Special thanks goes out to Lakhan Samani of Authorizer. YouTube channel GitHub repo


Last update: 2022-10-27