Authenticating requests with JWT tokens stored in HTTPOnly cookies in Django

最終更新日: August 1, 2021

tl;dr

If you want to use JWTs to securely authenticate requests to Django REST Framework applications in a decoupled frontend JavaScript application, you can do the following: store the access token in memory and store the refresh token in an HttpOnly cookie. The refresh token is used to request new access tokens on an regular interval.

Some context

Django is a web framework based on the Model, Template, View (MTV) paradigm. Django is increasingly used as an API server that is coupled with a Javascript or native frontend application.

JWT Auth with HttpOnly Cookies

Following this guide:

https://hasura.io/blog/best-practices-of-using-jwt-with-graphql/#jwt_security

We can reimplement our JWT authentication setup to be more secure.

DRF Simple JWT modifications

We need to change the default behavior of the views from DRF simple JWT as described in this issue:

https://github.com/jazzband/djangorestframework-simplejwt/issues/71

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This diagram shows how authentication data moves between the Django backend and the Vue.js frontend running in the browser.

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