JSON API Auth extends the JSON API Plugin to allow RESTful user authentication.
JSON API Plugin, that is required, was closed on August 7, 2019 from WordPress repository. You can download JSON API Plugin from https://github.com/PI-Media/json-api until it is republished and available on WordPress.
Generate Auth Cookie for user authentication
Validate Auth Cookie
Get Current User Info
For documentation: See ‘Other Notes’ tab above for usage examples.
First you have to install the JSON API for WordPress Plugin (https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/json-api/installation/). or You can download JSON API Plugin from https://github.com/PI-Media/json-api
To install JSON API Auth just follow these steps:
upload the folder “json-api-auth” to your WordPress plugin folder (/wp-content/plugins)
activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress or by using the link provided by the plugin installer
activate the controller through the JSON API menu found in the WordPress admin center (Settings -> JSON API)
Thanks to ‘mattberg’ who wrote the auth controller (https://github.com/mattberg/wp-json-api-auth) initially. I have added few methods and authored it as a WordPress plugin so that it could easily be searched and installed vis WordPress.
There are following methods available: validate_auth_cookie, generate_auth_cookie, clear_auth_cookie, get_currentuserinfo
nonce can be created by calling http://localhost/api/get_nonce/?controller=auth&method=generate_auth_cookie
You can then use ‘nonce’ value to generate cookie. http://localhost/api/auth/generate_auth_cookie/?nonce=f4320f4a67&username=Catherine&password=password-here
Use cookie like this with your other controller calls: http://localhost/api/contoller-name/method-name/?cookie=Catherine|1392018917|3ad7b9f1c5c2cccb569c8a82119ca4fd
For instance, you have a new controller ‘events’ and want to allow users to post new ‘event’ using ‘add_event’ method.
This is how you will call the end point with cookie and post the event with user info:
If you want sample code how it can be done, check ‘JSON API User’ plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/json-api-user/. This Auth plugin is part of JSON API User plugin.
It needs ‘cookie’ var.
Then generate cookie: http://localhost/api/auth/generate_auth_cookie/?username=john&password=PASSWORD-HERE
Optional ‘seconds’ var. It provided, generated cookie will be valid for that many seconds, otherwise default is for 14 days.
generate cookie for 1 minute: http://localhost/api/auth/generate_auth_cookie/?username=john&password=PASSWORD-HERE&seconds=60
60 means 1 minute.
It needs ‘cookie’ var.
Contributors & Developers
“JSON API Auth” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
- Updated for WordPress version 5.9
- Updated for wordpress version 5.8
- Updated for wordpress version 5.7
- Updated for wordpress version 5.5.3
- Fixed bug in the generate_auth_cookie endpoint.
- Updated for JSON API Plugin diretory check error and updated action links.
- Updated for GitHub and settings action links.
- Updated for WordPress version & added JSON API plugin GitHub link due its closing down on WordPress repository.
- Updated for wordpress version