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Rails authentication via a generator.
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 Dependencies

Runtime

>= 7.0.0
 Project Readme

🔐 Rails MVP Authentication

An authentication generator for Rails 7. Based on the step-by-step guide on how to build your own authentication system in Rails from scratch.

🎬 Demo

Demo

🚀 Installation

Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem "rails_mvp_authentication"

And then execute:

bundle

Or install it yourself as:

gem install rails_mvp_authentication

Then run the installation command:

rails g rails_mvp_authentication:install

Once installed make follow these steps:

  1. Run bundle install to install bcrypt
  2. Run rails db:migrate to add the users and active_sessions tables
  3. Add a root path in config/routes.rb
  4. Ensure you have flash messages in app/views/layouts/application.html.erb
<p class="notice"><%= notice %></p>
<p class="alert"><%= alert %></p>

After completing these steps you can uninstall the gem:

bundle remove "rails_mvp_authentication" --install

📝 Features

  • Requires a user to confirm their email address before they can log in.
  • Allows a user to remain logged into the application even if they exit their browser.
  • Allows a user to have multiple sessions. This gives users the ability to log out of all sessions at once. This also makes it easy to detect suspicious login activity.
  • Allows a user to change their email address.
  • Allows a user to recover their account if they forget their password.
  • Requires users to submit their password anytime they're chaning their account information.

🔨 Usage

The following methods are automatically included in the corresponding generated files.

Controller Methods

authenticate_user!

Redirects the visitor to the login_path if they're not logged in. Useful for preventing an anonymous user from accessing a page intended for an authenticated user.

current_user

Returns an instance of User if there's one in the session. Othwerwise returns nil.

forget_active_session

Deletes the :remember_token cookie. For added security, the associated active_session should be deleted too.

login(user)

Resets the session and then creates a new active_session with on the user that was passed in. Stores the id of the active_session in the session. Returns the new active_session.

logout

Resets the session and deletes the associated active_session record.

user_signed_in?

Returns true if current_user does not return nil. Othwerwise returns false.

redirect_if_authenticated

Redirects the user to the root_path if the user is logged in. Useful for keeping a user from accessing a page intended for an anonymous user.

remember(active_session)

Creates a cookie to store the value of the remember_token from the active_session that was passed in.

View Helpers

current_user

Returns an instance of User if there's one in the session. Othwerwise returns nil.

user_signed_in?

Returns true if current_user does not return nil. Othwerwise returns false.

User Model

self.authenticate_by(attributes)

A copy of the authenticate_by class method that is set to ship in rails 7.1

confirm!

Sets the confirmed_at column to Time.current. Updates the email column if reconfirming a new email address. Returns true or false.

confirmed?

Returns true or false based on if the confirmed_at column is present.

confirmable_email

Returns the value of the email column if the unconfirmed_email column is empty. Otherwise, the value of unconfirmed_email is returned.

generate_confirmation_token

Generates a signed_id used in the confirmation mailer.

generate_password_reset_token

Generates a signed_id used in the password reset mailer.

send_confirmation_email!

Send a confirmation email to the user.

send_password_reset_email!

Send a password reset email to the user.

reconfirming?

Returns true if there's a value for unconfirmed_email. Otherwise false is returned.

unconfirmed?

Returns true if there's no value for confirmed_at. Otherwise false is returned.

unconfirmed_or_reconfirming?

Returns true if the user is unconfirmed or reconfirming a new email address. Otherwise false is returned.

Test Helpers

current_user

Returns an instance of User if there's one in the test session. Othwerwise returns nil.

login(user, remember_user: nil)

Creates a post request to the login_path. Simulates a real login.

logout

Deletes the current_active_session_id test session. Simulates a login.

⚖️ Benefits

What makes this gem different (not better) from devise, clearance, etc?

  1. This gem is less of an engine and more of a generator. It generates all necessary models, views, controllers, mailers, and migrations. This means you have complete control over your authentication system and don't have to worry about learning a new DSL or API.
  2. It also generates tests. That way you can ship with confidence if and when you decide to change how your authentication system works.
  3. It utilizes modern core features of Rails, such as ActiveSupport::CurrentAttributes and Active Record Signed Id, has_secure_password and has_secure_token.
  4. It stores the session in the database. This gives users the ability to log out of all sessions at once. This also makes it easy to detect suspicious login activity.

🙏 Contributing

If you'd like to open a PR please make sure the following things pass:

bin/rails test
bundle exec standardrb

📜 License

The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.