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Authentication and Users

Every user has to authenticate with ConnectyCube before using any ConnectyCube functionality.

When someone connects with an application using ConnectyCube, the application will need to obtain a session token which provides temporary, secure access to ConnectyCube APIs.

A session token is an opaque string that identifies a user and an application.

Session token rights

There are different types of session tokens to support different use cases:

Session Token Type Description
Application session token This kind of access token is needed to read the app data. Has only READ access to resources
User session token The user token is the most commonly used type of token. This kind of access token is needed any time the app calls an API to read, modify or write a specific user's data on their behalf. Has READ/WRITE access to resources

Create session token

To create an application session use the following code:

ConnectyCube.createSession()
  .then((session) => {})
  .catch((error) => {});

Response example from ConnectyCube.createSession():

{
  "application_id": 1,
  "created_at": "2018-10-01T10:47:01Z",
  "device_id": null,
  "id": 151,
  "nonce": 4214611091,
  "token": "5a7bc95d85c0eb2bf052be3d29d3df523081e80y",
  "ts": 1542560252,
  "updated_at": "2018-10-01T10:47:01Z",
  "user_id": null
}

To create a user session use the following code:

const userCredentials = { login: "cubeuser", password: "awesomepwd" };

ConnectyCube.createSession(userCredentials)
  .then((session) => {})
  .catch((error) => {});

Response example from ConnectyCube.createSession(userCredentials):

{
  "id": 152,
  "user_id": 81,
  "application_id": 1,
  "nonce": 4214611091,
  "token": "83153a14fb2df777c2f866178902a4bb15000001",
  "ts": 1544010993,
  "created_at": "2018-12-05T11:58:02Z",
  "updated_at": "2018-12-05T11:58:02Z",
  "user": {
    "id": 81,
    "full_name": "John Smith",
    "email": "johnsmith@domain.com",
    "login": "john",
    "phone": "380665787842",
    "website": null,
    "created_at": "2018-06-15T14:20:54Z",
    "updated_at": "2018-12-05T11:58:02Z",
    "last_request_at": "2018-12-05T11:58:02Z",
    "external_user_id": null,
    "facebook_id": null,
    "twitter_id": null,
    "custom_data": "",
    "blob_id": null,
    "avatar": "",
    "user_tags": null
  }
}

Upgrade session token (user login)

If you have an application session, you can upgrade it to a user session by calling login method:

const userCredentials = { login: "cubeuser", password: "awesomepwd" };
// const userCredentials = { email: 'cubeuser@gmail.com', password: 'awesomepwd' };
// const userCredentials = { provider: 'facebook', keys: {token: 'a876as7db...asg34dasd8wqe'} };

ConnectyCube.login(userCredentials)
  .then((user) => {})
  .catch((error) => {});

Response example from ConnectyCube.login(userCredentials):

{
  "id": 47592,
  "full_name": "John Smith",
  "email": "johnsmith@gmail.com",
  "login": "johnsmith",
  "phone": null,
  "website": null,
  "created_at": "2018-11-23T09:42:36Z",
  "updated_at": "2018-12-06T07:56:26Z",
  "last_request_at": "2018-12-06T07:59:22Z",
  "external_user_id": null,
  "facebook_id": null,
  "twitter_id": null,
  "blob_id": null,
  "custom_data": null,
  "avatar": null,
  "user_tags": null
}

Authentication via phone number

Sign In with phone number is supported with (Firebase integration).

You need to create Firebase project_id and obtain Firebase access_token after SMS code verification, then pass these parameters to login method:

const userCredentials = {
  provider: "firebase_phone",
  "firebase_phone[project_id]": "...",
  "firebase_phone[access_token]": "...",
};

ConnectyCube.login(userCredentials)
  .then((user) => {})
  .catch((error) => {});

Important note: in order to login via phone number you need to create a session token first.

Authentication via external identity provider

Custom Identity Provider (CIdP) feature is necessary if you need to use an external database to authenticate ConnectyCube application users. It allows you to integrate your existing users base with ConnectyCube easily and works the same way as Facebook/Twitter SSO.

With Custom Identity Provider feature you can continue using your user database instead of storing/copying user data to ConnectyCube database.

More info available on a dedicated Custom Identity Provider guide page.

After the Custom Identity Provider configuration, you can use same ConnectyCube user login API to authenticate ConnectyCube users against an external identity provider base.

Downgrade session token (user logout)

If you have a user session, you can downgrade it to an application session by calling logout method:

ConnectyCube.logout().catch((error) => {});

Session expiration

Expiration time for session token is 2 hours after last request to API. If you perform query with expired token, you will receive the error Required session does not exist. In this case you need to recreate a session token.

There is a special callback function to handle this case:

const CONFIG = {
  on: {
    sessionExpired: (handleResponse, retry) => {
      // call handleResponse() if you do not want to process a session expiration,
      // so an error will be returned to origin request
      // handleResponse();

      // JS SDK v1
      ConnectyCube.createSession((error, session) => {
        retry(session);
      });

      // JS SDK v2+
      ConnectyCube.createSession()
        .then(retry)
        .catch((error) => {});
    },
  },
};

ConnectyCube.init(CREDENTIALS, CONFIG);

Destroy session token

To destroy a session use the following code:

ConnectyCube.destroySession().catch((error) => {});

User signup

const userProfile = {
  login: "marvin18",
  password: "supersecurepwd",
  email: "awesomeman@gmail.com",
  full_name: "Marvin Simon",
  phone: "47802323143",
  website: "https://dozensofdreams.com",
  tag_list: ["iphone", "apple"],
  custom_data: JSON.stringify({ middle_name: "Bartoleo" }),
};

ConnectyCube.users
  .signup(userProfile)
  .then((user) => {})
  .catch((error) => {});

Response example from ConnectyCube.users.signup(userProfile):

{
  "id": 81,
  "full_name": "Marvin Simon",
  "email": "awesomeman@gmail.com",
  "login": "marvin18",
  "phone": "47802323143",
  "website": "https://dozensofdreams.com",
  "created_at": "2018-06-15T14:20:54Z",
  "updated_at": "2018-12-05T11:58:02Z",
  "last_request_at": "2018-12-05T11:58:02Z",
  "external_user_id": null,
  "facebook_id": null,
  "twitter_id": null,
  "custom_data": "{\"middle_name\":\"Bartoleo\"}",
  "blob_id": null,
  "avatar": "",
  "user_tags": "iphone,apple"
}

Only login (or email) + password are required.

User profile update

const updatedUserProfile = {
  login: "marvin18sim",
  full_name: "Mar Sim",
};

ConnectyCube.users
  .update(updatedUserProfile)
  .then((user) => {})
  .catch((error) => {});

Response example from ConnectyCube.users.update(updatedUserProfile):

{
  "id": 81,
  "full_name": "Mar Sim",
  "email": "awesomeman@gmail.com",
  "login": "marv18sim",
  "phone": "47802323143",
  "website": "https://dozensofdreams.com",
  "created_at": "2018-06-15T14:20:54Z",
  "updated_at": "2018-12-05T11:58:02Z",
  "last_request_at": "2018-12-05T11:58:02Z",
  "external_user_id": null,
  "facebook_id": null,
  "twitter_id": null,
  "custom_data": "{\"middle_name\": \"Bartoleo\"}",
  "blob_id": null,
  "avatar": "",
  "user_tags": "iphone,apple"
}

If you want to change your password, you need to provide 2 parameters: password and old_password. Updated user entity will be returned.

User avatar

You can set a user's avatar. You just need to upload it to the ConnectyCube cloud storage and then connect to user.

// for example, a file from HTML form input field
const inputFile = $("input[type=file]")[0].files[0];

const fileParams = {
  name: inputFile.name,
  file: inputFile,
  type: inputFile.type,
  size: inputFile.size,
  public: false,
};

const updateUser = (uploadedFile) => {
  const updatedUserProfile = { avatar: uploadedFile.uid };
  return ConnectyCube.users.update(updatedUserProfile);
};

ConnectyCube.storage
  .createAndUpload(fileParams)
  .then(updateUser)
  .then((updatedUser) => {})
  .catch((error) => {});

Response example from ConnectyCube.storage.createAndUpload(fileParams):

{
  "account_id": 7,
  "app_id": 12,
  "blob_object_access": {
    "blob_id": 421517,
    "expires": "2020-10-06T15:51:38Z",
    "id": 421517,
    "object_access_type": "Write",
    "params": "https://s3.amazonaws.com/cb-shared-s3?Content-Type=text%2Fplain..."
  },
  "blob_status": null,
  "content_type": "text/plain",
  "created_at": "2020-10-06T14:51:38Z",
  "id": 421517,
  "name": "awesome.txt",
  "public": false,
  "set_completed_at": null,
  "size": 11,
  "uid": "7cafb6030d3e4348ba49cab24c0cf10800",
  "updated_at": "2020-10-06T14:51:38Z"
}

Now, other users can get you avatar:

const avatarUID = updatedUser.avatar;
const avatarURL = ConnectyCube.storage.privateUrl(avatarUID);
const avatarHTML = "<img src='" + avatarURL + "' alt='photo'/>";

Password reset

It's possible to reset a password via email:

ConnectyCube.users
  .resetPassword("awesomeman@gmail.com")
  .then((result) => {})
  .catch((error) => {});

If provided email is valid - an email with password reset instruction will be sent to it.

Retrieve users

Retrieve users by ID

const params = {
  page: 1,
  per_page: 5,
  filter: {
    field: "id",
    param: "in",
    value: [51941, 51946],
  },
};

ConnectyCube.users
  .get(params)
  .then((result) => {})
  .catch((error) => {});

Response example from ConnectyCube.users.get(params) - see

Retrieve user by login

const searchParams = { login: "marvin18" };

ConnectyCube.users
  .get(searchParams)
  .then((result) => {})
  .catch((error) => {});

Retrieve user by email

const searchParams = { email: "marvin18@example.com" };

ConnectyCube.users
  .get(searchParams)
  .then((result) => {})
  .catch((error) => {});

Retrieve users by full name

const searchParams = { full_name: "Marvin Samuel" };

ConnectyCube.users
  .get(searchParams)
  .then((result) => {})
  .catch((error) => {});

Retrieve user by phone number

const searchParams = { phone: "44678162873" };

ConnectyCube.users
  .get(searchParams)
  .then((result) => {})
  .catch((error) => {});

Retrieve user by external ID

const searchParams = { external_user_id: "675373912" };

ConnectyCube.users
  .get(searchParams)
  .then((result) => {})
  .catch((error) => {});

Retrieve users by tags

const searchParams = { tags: ["apple"] };

ConnectyCube.users
  .get(searchParams)
  .then((result) => {})
  .catch((error) => {});

Delete user

A user can delete himself from the platform:

ConnectyCube.users
  .delete()
  .then((result) => {})
  .catch((error) => {});