Users collection in Payload is intended to be used as application users?

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juliandm1995last year

I'm developing an application that implements Next-Auth for user authentication. I want to implement Payload as CMS. Should I migrate my auth provider to Payload?

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    last year


    Payload's auth is 100% meant to be used for application users and we've done it a LOT
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    juliandm1995last year

    I just run both repos. It's amazing how it works!!

    But now my question is: Is it possible to connect Payload with Next-auth?

    If not, is there any way to use different providers like google or github for authentication?

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    last year

    I haven't heard of anyone doing this yet, and honestly I haven't looked into Next Auth at all yet just because Payload can do it for us

    You can build your own google / github auth pattern but it's kinda tough tbh

    we maintain an Enterprise OAuth2.0 plugin which can be used in those contexts but that requires an enterprise license

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    marcusr513511 months ago

    I'm part way into trying to get next-auth to work with Payload mainly because I started a NextJS project with a template that used Auth.js (

    ) - I was looking for something up to date, using the /app directory with Tailwind and Typescript.

    The Payload examples from the next-auth-frontend and template-ecommerce-nextjs are great and make sense so I don't know if I'm on a hiding to nothing with Auth.js and I should just pull it out and switch over. Are there any examples of NextJS with the /app directory and Payload?

    This is where I've got to with Auth.js treating Payload as a CredentialsProvider - the logon works and sets a next-auth.session-token (as long as there is a value in .env for NEXTAUTH_SECRET)

     // adding a credential provider to use PayloadCMS with email and password
          // name: "Credentials",
          // The name to display on the sign in form (e.g. 'Sign in with...')
          name: 'PayloadCMS',
          // `credentials` is used to generate a form on the sign in page.
          // You can specify which fields should be submitted, by adding keys to the `credentials` object.
          // e.g. domain, username, password, 2FA token, etc.
          // You can pass any HTML attribute to the <input> tag through the object.
          credentials: {
            email: {
              label: 'Email',
              type: 'text',
              value: '', // REMOVE!!
              placeholder: '',
            password: { label: 'Password', type: 'password' },
          async authorize(credentials, req) {
             // Auth to PayloadCMS using REST
            const res = await fetch(`${process.env.NEXT_PUBLIC_CMS_URL}/api/users/login`, {
              method: 'POST',
              credentials: 'include',
              headers: { 'Content-Type': 'application/json' },
              body: JSON.stringify(credentials),
            if (res.ok) {
              const { message, user, token, exp, errors } = await res.json()
              console.log(message, user)
              if (errors) throw new Error(errors[0].message)
              // setUser(data?.loginUser?.user)
              // setStatus('loggedIn')
              return user
            return null // shows error message
            // throw new Error('Invalid login')

    Looking at it a bit more I think next-auth (auth.js) is kind of fighting Payload because Payload already creates the JWT and adds it as a cookie so there is nothing really for AuthJS to do. It desn't make sense for next-auth/auth.js to be creating its own JWT

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    11 months ago

    yeah i don't think we would ever need next-auth on top of payload honestly

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    valeriohq7 months ago

    I'm looking at the same problem and I'm thinking the same. However, it would be beneficial for teams like mine to manain the current next-auth APIs. What I will try is to crete a next-auth DB adapter instead, to adapt it to the Paylod CMS schema.

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    marcusr51357 months ago

    How are you getting on with the next-auth DB adapter? Is it a viable approach?

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