Securing Next.js Apps Using Microsoft Identity Platform

3 weeks ago -  
Next.jsSecurityMicrosoft Identity PlatformAuthenticationAuthorisation

In the previous article, I explained how to secure a Blazor application using the Microsoft Identity Platform. In this one, I will show you how to secure a Next.js application. The process is almost identical in terms of the steps required on the Azure portal; however, the implementation differs.

On the Azure portal’s app registration page settings, you need to set the redirect URI to http://localhost:3000/api/auth/callback/azuread and the logout URL to http://localhost:3000/.

On the Next.js side, I have utilised a popular library called next-auth to manage the authentication process. This library is very user-friendly and supports multiple identity providers.

> bun add next-auth

Next you will need to create a file called pages/api/auth/[...nextauth].js and add the following code:

import NextAuth, { NextAuthOptions } from "next-auth";
import AzureADProvider from "next-auth/providers/azure-ad";

export const authOptions: NextAuthOptions = {
  secret: process.env.NEXTAUTH_SECRET,
  providers: [
      clientId: process.env.AZURE_AD_CLIENT_ID!,
      clientSecret: process.env.AZURE_AD_CLIENT_SECRET!,
      tenantId: process.env.AZURE_AD_TENANT_ID,
export default NextAuth(authOptions);

Make sure you have the environment variables set in a .env.local file:


Finally, in the root layout component, you need to wrap the component with the Provider component:

export default function RootLayout({
}: Readonly<{
  children: React.ReactNode;
}>) {
  return (
    <html lang="en">
      <body className={inter.className}>

That’s it! You have now secured your Next.js application using the Microsoft Identity Platform. You can now use the useSession hook to check if the user is authenticated and get the user’s information.

"use client";
import { signIn, signOut, useSession } from "next-auth/react";

export default function Home() {
  const { data: session, status } = useSession();
  return (
    <main className="flex min-h-screen flex-col items-center justify-between p-24">
        {session ? <> {session.user?.name}</> : null}
        {session ? (
          <button onClick={() => signOut()}>Sign Out</button>
        ) : (
          <button onClick={() => signIn()}>Sign In</button>