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Using JWT Authorizers


AWS supports JWT authorizers for HTTP APIs and not REST APIs on the API Gateway service. For REST APIs follow the Lambda authorizer guide

1) Add the aud claim in the JWT based on the authorizer configuration#


import Session from 'supertokens-node/recipe/session'
import SuperTokensTypes from 'supertokens-node/types';

function getBackendConfig(): SuperTokensTypes.TypeInput {
return {
framework: "awsLambda",
supertokens: {
connectionURI: "",
apiKey: "",
appInfo: {
// learn more about this on
appName: "<YOUR_APP_NAME>",
apiDomain: "<YOUR_API_DOMAIN>",
websiteDomain: "<YOUR_WEBSITE_DOMAIN>",
apiBasePath: "/auth",
websiteBasePath: "/auth",
recipeList: [
exposeAccessTokenToFrontendInCookieBasedAuth: true,
override: {
functions: function (originalImplementation) {
return {
createNewSession: async function (input) {
input.accessTokenPayload = {
* AWS requires JWTs to contain an audience (aud) claim
* The value for this claim should be the same
* as the value you set when creating the
* authorizer
aud: "jwtAuthorizers",

return originalImplementation.createNewSession(input);
isInServerlessEnv: true,

module.exports.getBackendConfig = getBackendConfig;

2) Configure your authorizer#

  • Go to the "Authorizers" tab in the API Gateway configuration and select the "Manage authorizers" tab
  • Click "Create", in the creation screen select "JWT" as the "Authorizer type"
  • Enter a name for your authorizer (You can enter any name for this field)
  • Use $request.header.Authorization for the "Identity source". This means that API requests will contain the JWT as a Bearer token under the request header "Authorization".
  • Use {apiDomain}/{apiGatewayPath}/{apiBasePath} for the "Issuer URL".
  • Set a value for the "Audience" field, this will be the value you expect the JWT to have under the aud claim. In the backend config above the value is set to "jwtAuthorizers"

3) Add the authorizer to your API#

  • In the "Authorization" section select the "Attach authorizers to routes" tab
  • Click on the route you want to add the authorizer to and select the authorizer you created from the dropdown
  • Click "Attach authorizer"
  • Deploy your changes and test your API