Callbacks are asynchronous functions you can use to control what happens when an action is performed.
Callbacks are extremely powerful, especially in scenarios involving JSON Web Tokens as they allow you to implement access controls without a database and to integrate with external databases or APIs.
If you want to pass data such as an Access Token or User ID to the browser when using JSON Web Tokens, you can persist the data in the token when the
jwt callback is called, then pass the data through to the browser in the
You can specify a handler for any of the callbacks below.
The documentation below shows how to implement each callback, their default behaviour and an example of what the response for each callback should be. Note that configuration options and authentication providers you are using can impact the values passed to the callbacks.
Sign in callback
signIn() callback to control if a user is allowed to sign in.
When using the Email Provider the
signIn()callback is triggered both when the user makes a Verification Request (before they are sent email with a link that will allow them to sign in) and again after they activate the link in the sign in email.
Email accounts do not have profiles in the same way OAuth accounts do. On the first call during email sign in the
profileobject will include an property
verificationRequest: trueto indicate it is being triggered in the verification request flow. When the callback is invoked after a user has clicked on a sign in link, this property will not be present.
You can check for the
verificationRequestproperty to avoid sending emails to addresses or domains on a blocklist (or to only explicitly generate them for email address in an allow list).
When using the Credentials Provider the
userobject is the response returned from the
authorizationcallback and the
profileobject is the raw body of the
When using NextAuth.js with a database, the User object will be either a user object from the database (including the User ID) if the user has signed in before or a simpler prototype user object (i.e. name, email, image) for users who have not signed in before.
When using NextAuth.js without a database, the user object it will always be a prototype user object, with information extracted from the profile.
If you only want to allow users who already have accounts in the database to sign in, you can check for the existance of a
user.id property and reject any sign in attempts from accounts that do not have one.
If you are using NextAuth.js without database and want to control who can sign in, you can check their email address or profile against a hard coded list in the
The redirect callback is called anytime the user is redirected to a callback URL (e.g. on signin or signout).
By default only URLs on the same URL as the site are allowed, you can use the redirect callback to customise that behaviour.
The redirect callback may be invoked more than once in the same flow.
The session callback is called whenever a session is checked.
- When using database sessions, the User object is passed as an argument.
- When using JSON Web Tokens for sessions, the JWT payload is provided instead.
When using JSON Web Tokens the
jwt() callback is invoked before the
session() callback, so anything you add to the
JSON Web Token will be immediately available in the session callback.
The session object is not persisted server side, even when using database sessions - only data such as the session token, the user, and the expiry time is stored in the session table.
If you need to persist session data server side, you can use the
accessToken returned for the session as a key - and connect to the database in the
session() callback to access it. Session
accessToken values do not rotate and are valid as long as the session is valid.
If using JSON Web Tokens instead of database sessions, you should use the User ID or a unique key stored in the token (you will need to generate a key for this yourself on sign in, as access tokens for sessions are not generated when using JSON Web Tokens).
This JSON Web Token callback is called whenever a JSON Web Token is created (i.e. at sign in) or updated (i.e whenever a session is accesed in the client).
- As with database session expiry times, token expiry time is extended whenever a session is active.
- The arguments user, account, profile and isNewUser are only passed the first time this callback is called on a new session, after the user signs in.
The contents user, account, profile and isNewUser will vary depending on the provider and on if you are using a database or not. If you want to pass data such as User ID, OAuth Access Token, etc. to the browser, you can persist it in the token and use the
session() callback to return it.
NextAuth.js does not limit how much data you can store in a JSON Web Token, however a ~4096 byte limit for all cookies on a domain is commonly imposed by browsers.
If you need to persist a large amount of data, you will need to persist it elsewhere (e.g. in a database). You can store a key that can be used to look up that data in the