Configure the Server

In the previous section, Creating a Fullstack Project, we created a simple Express.js server and installed the Stormpath Express Module. We are going to use that SDK to secure the API endpoints in the Express server.

Setting Environment Variables

The Stormpath Express Module needs the API Key and Application information that we collected in the section Create a Stormpath Tenant. We will provide this information to the SDK by exporting it to the environment.

You can manually export the values to the environment by using the export or set commands in your terminal.





Require the Stormpath Module

Open the file server/app.js. This file is the entry point for our API server and it will run the server.

We want to initialize the Stormpath middleware and add it before our API declaration so that the API will be automatically protected.

First things first, you need to require the SDK; place the following at the top of the file under the other require statements:

var ExpressStormpath = require('express-stormpath');

We’re also going to use the path, so you should require the following as well:

var path = require('path');

Then you want to create an instance of the Stormpath middleware. You can pass in options, but in our case, we are just going to make a simple call and use all the default options. Add the following after the var app = express(); statement:

  website: true,
  web: {
    spaRoot: path.join(__dirname, '..','client','index.html')

This block of code will attach Stormpath to your Express application, and let Stormpath know where the root of your Angular application is (the folder where all of the Angular assets live).

We also need to instruct Express to wait for Stormpath to be initialized. Our module makes several requests to our API in order to fetch the information that it needs to correctly configure your Express application. Find the server.listen statement at the end of the file, and wrap it in an event handler for stormpath.ready like so:

app.on('stormpath.ready',function() {
  // Start server
  server.listen(config.port, config.ip, function () {
    console.log('Express server listening on %d, in %s mode', config.port, app.get('env'));

Protect Your API Routes

Open the file server/routes.js. This file is attaching some routes to the Express application that is setup in server/app.js. You’ll want to require express-stormpath again and then use it to secure your API:

var ExpressStormpath = require('express-stormpath');

// ..

app.use('/api/things', ExpressStormpath.loginRequired, require('./api/thing'));

Reload the App

Restart the server by running grunt serve again. You should now see that the features are no longer listed. This is because the endpoint fails to load with a 401 Unauthorized. You can see this by looking inside the web console in your browser:


Our API is now protected from unauthorized, anonymous access. In the next two sections, we will show you how to create a registration form and a login form. At that point, you will be able to login and have access to the API.