The @adonisjs/auth package creates some middleware inside your application source code. The purpose of these middleware is to help you remove the repetitive code from your codebase.

Auth Middleware

In this last guide, we made use of auth.authenticate method within the route handler to authenticate the current request. Now imagine having dozens of routes and each time remembering to call this method.

Instead, you can make use of a middleware to protect routes from public access. In fact, during the initial setup, we create the Auth middleware for you.

The middleware is stored inside App/Middleware/Auth.ts file, just make sure to register it inside the start/kernel.ts file.

  auth: 'App/Middleware/Auth',

Once registered, you can apply on the routes.

  .get('/dashboard', 'DashboardController.index')

The middleware will use the default guard (configured inside the config file) to authenticate the current request. However, if your application is using more than one guards, then you can define them manually.

  .get('/dashboard', 'DashboardController.index')
  .middleware('auth:web, api')

Silent Auth Middleware

Along with auth middleware, there is an another middleware stored inside App/Middleware/SilentAuth.ts file.

The purpose of this middleware is to silently check if the user is logged-in or not. If the user is logged-in, then you can access the user instance inside your controllers, otherwise the request will continue as usual.

When to use this middleware

Imagine, you are creating a website that has a publicly accessible homepage. In the header of the webpage, you want to display the username of the logged-in user, or display a button to login.

In this scenario, you can make use of the SilentAuth middleware to fetch the logged-in user without restricting access to public URLs.

The middleware must be registered as a global middleware to silently check every HTTP request.