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httpauth - Basic Auth Middleware For Go

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httpauth is a HTTP Basic Authentication middleware for Go.

I originally designed it for the Goji micro-framework, but it’s compatible with vanilla net/http. We can thank Go’s http.Handler interface for that, but I’d recommend Alice to minimise the function wrapping if you’re particularly framework adverse.

package main

import(
    "net/http"
    "github.com/goji/httpauth"
    "github.com/zenazn/goji"
)

func main() {

    goji.Use(httpauth.SimpleBasicAuth("dave", "password"))
    goji.Use(SomeOtherMiddleware)
    // myHandler requires HTTP Basic Auth to access
    goji.Get("/thing", myHandler)
    
    goji.Serve()
}

As always, note that HTTP Basic Auth credentials are sent over the wire in plain-text, so serve your application over HTTPS (TLS) using Go’s built-in ListenAndServeTLS or nginx up front.

Full examples are in the README, and I’m open to any pull requests.


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