Node.js Express + Angular 8: JWT Authentication & Authorization example

In this tutorial, we will learn how to build a full stack Node.js Express + Angular 8 Authentication example. The back-end server uses Node.js Express with jsonwebtoken for JWT authentication and Sequelize for interacting with MySQL database & Authorization. The front-end will be created with Angular 8 with HttpInterceptor and Router. We’ll also perform Form validation on UI.

Related Posts:
Node.js + MongoDB: User Authentication & Authorization with JWT
Node.js + PostgreSQL: User Authentication & Authorization with JWT

Run both projects in one place:
How to Integrate Angular 8 with Node.js Restful Services

Fullstack with MongoDB:
MEAN stack Authentication: Login & Registration with Angular 8 example

JWT (JSON Web Token)

Comparing with Session-based Authentication that need to store Session on Cookie, the big advantage of Token-based Authentication is that we store the JSON Web Token (JWT) on Client side: Local Storage for Browser, Keychain for IOS and SharedPreferences for Android… So we don’t need to build another backend project that supports Native Apps or an additional Authentication module for Native App users.


There are three important parts of a JWT: Header, Payload, Signature. Together they are combined to a standard structure: header.payload.signature.

The Client typically attaches JWT in x-access-token header:

x-access-token: [header].[payload].[signature]

For more details, you can visit:
In-depth Introduction to JWT-JSON Web Token

Node.js Express Angular 8 Authentication example

It will be a full stack, with Node.js Express for back-end and Angular 8 for front-end. The access is verified by JWT Authentication.

  • User can signup new account, login with username & password.
  • Authorization by the role of the User (admin, moderator, user)

The images below shows screenshots of our Angular 8 App.

– Anyone can access a public page before logging in:


– A new User can signup:


– Login with legal account:


Profile page:


– UI for admin role:


– If a User who doesn’t have Admin role tries to access Admin/Moderator Board page:



This is full Angular + Node.js Express JWT Authentication & Authorization App Demo (with form validation, check signup username/email duplicates, test authorization with 3 roles: Admin, Moderator, User).

The video uses Angular 10, but the flow and logic are the same as the Angular 8 Client.

Flow for User Registration and User Login

The diagram shows flow of User Registration, User Login and Authorization process.


We have 2 endpoints for authentication:

  • api/auth/signup for User Registration
  • api/auth/signin for User Login

A legal JWT must be added to HTTP x-access-token Header if Client accesses protected resources.

Back-end with Node.js Express & Sequelize


Our Node.js Express Application can be summarized in the diagram below:


Via Express routes, HTTP request that matches a route will be checked by CORS Middleware before coming to Security layer.

Security layer includes:

  • JWT Authentication Middleware: verify SignUp, verify token
  • Authorization Middleware: check User’s roles with record in database

If these middlewares throw any error, a message will be sent as HTTP response.

Controllers interact with MySQL Database via Sequelize and send HTTP response (token, user information, data based on roles…) to client.


  • Express 4.17.1
  • bcryptjs 2.4.3
  • jsonwebtoken 8.5.1
  • Sequelize 5.21.3
  • MySQL

Project Structure

This is directory structure for our Node.js Express application:



  • configure MySQL database & Sequelize
  • configure Auth Key


  • auth.routes.js: POST signup & signin
  • user.routes.js: GET public & protected resources


  • verifySignUp.js: check duplicate Username or Email
  • authJwt.js: verify Token, check User roles in database


  • auth.controller.js: handle signup & signin actions
  • user.controller.js: return public & protected content

models for Sequelize Models

  • user.model.js
  • role.model.js

server.js: import and initialize neccesary modules and routes, listen for connections.


You can find step by step to implement this Node.js App in the post:
Node.js – JWT Authentication & Authorization with JSONWebToken example

Front-end with Angular 8, HttpInterceptor and Router


Our Angular App can be summarized in component diagram below:


– The App component is a container using Router. It gets user token & user information from Browser Session Storage via token-storage.service. Then the navbar now can display based on the user login state & roles.

Login & Register components have form for submission data (with support of Form Validation). They use token-storage.service for checking state and auth.service for sending signin/signup requests.

auth.service uses Angular HttpClient ($http service) to make authentication requests.
– every HTTP request by $http service will be inspected and transformed before being sent by auth-interceptor.

Home component is public for all visitor.

Profile component get user data from Session Storage.

BoardUser, BoardModerator, BoardAdmin components will be displayed depending on roles from Session Storage. In these components, we use user.service to get protected resources from API.


– Angular 8
– RxJS 6

Project Structure

The structure of Angular front-end project is simple:


Because I’ve shown component diagram, you can understand it properly without any explanation.


You can find step by step to implement this Angular App in the post:
Angular 8 JWT Authentication with HttpInterceptor and Router

Newer versions:
Angular 10 JWT Authentication example with Web Api
Angular 11 JWT Authentication example with Web Api
Angular 12 JWT Authentication example with Web Api

Further Reading

MEAN stack Authentication: Login & Registration with Angular 8 example


Now we have an overview of Node.js Express + Angular 8 Authentication example using JWT, HttpInterceptor, Router, Form Validation along with flow for signup/login actions.

We also take a look at Node.js Express server architecture for JWT Authentication using jsonwebtoken & Sequelize, as well as Angular project structure for building a front-end app working with JWT.

Next tutorials will show you more details about how to implement this interesting system:
– Back-end: Node.js JWT Authentication & Authorization example (with MySQL)
– Front-end:

This Angular Client also works well with back-end in the post:
Node.js + MongoDB: User Authentication & Authorization with JWT
Node.js + PostgreSQL: User Authentication & Authorization with JWT

You will want to know how to run both projects in one place:
How to Integrate Angular 8 with Node.js Restful Services

Happy learning, see you again!

2 thoughts to “Node.js Express + Angular 8: JWT Authentication & Authorization example”

  1. Thanks a lot for this very interresting et very complete job. I am not a developper. I just play to develop for fun, I think it is a best mental exercise than sudoku :-).
    This kind of work fit perfectly what I need.
    Thanks again
    Signed : a grand pa πŸ™‚

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