We’re going to apply Basic Auth on API calls made from Swagger UI. OpenAPI allows us to provide security configuration for calling our documented endpoints and offers a few security schemes. Once we have our Spring Security configured and endpoints secured, we can show a project documentation to everyone, and allow visitors to provide credentials if they want to call a protected endpoint.
- I’m working on a Spring Boot project that you can find in the spring-boot-swagger-ui-basic-auth repository. The project serves a simple API and uses the springdoc-openapi library for generating the API documentation.
- To learn how to set up API documentation with
springdoc-openapiread the Easy OpenAPI 3 specification for your Spring Boot REST API post.
- The starting point for the work I’m going to present in this article is the commit da7b2ceffbd0005f699368768fe2361022c0bdb5. Before we add the security requirement the Swagger UI looks like on the image below:
Add Spring Security
Right now, the endpoints are available for everyone. We’re going to secure them.
Add Maven dependencies
Next, we’re going to specify default credentials in our
If we were to start the application now, we would only have the default security configuration. It means that we would get the Spring Boot login page when calling any existing url:
Therefore, the Swagger UI page would be available only for a successfully authenticated user and all API endpoints would be protected. However, we want to show the API docs to everyone and only require authentication when someone wants to call the protected endpoints.
Allow anyone to see Swagger docs
We’re going to provide a custom configuration for the application security. We have to add the
SecurityConfig.java file to our project and use the @Configuration annotation on it. What’s more, make sure that the class extends the WebSecurityConfigurerAdapter class so that we can override the configure(HttpSecurity http) method. Additionally, we’re going to add CorsFilter and exclude Swagger resources from the security:
As a result, anyone can view the documentation, but calling a secured endpoint will require providing valid credentials in a popup login form:
Add Basic Auth to Swagger UI
Our current OpenAPI configuration (details in the Easy OpenAPI 3 specification for your Spring Boot REST API post) looks like this:
Apart from providing the usual API details (title and description from the OpenApiProperties class, license, etc.) we’re going to configure security. As we can read in the Swagger documentation:
Security is described using theAuthentication and Authorization: Describing Security
securitykeywords. You use
securitySchemesto define all security schemes your API supports, then use
securityto apply specific schemes to the whole API or individual operations.
To understand what we want to achieve we need to take a look on the Swagger documentation for Basic Auth:
As we can see, we need to add the
basic security scheme to the
components and apply it to the entire API by listing it in the
security. Let’s translate this to java code (and keep
basicAuth as the arbitrary scheme name in our example as well):
Consequently, we can start the application and see the
Authorize option on our Swagger UI page:
We have to click it and provide the correct credentials (
spring, as defined in my
application.properties file) in order to call our secured endpoints:
Finally, we can call the API! Swagger will append the
Authorization header to our requests as we can see in the
curl section (and in the Headers view):
Learn more on securing Swagger UI
- In the first place, you should start with the Swagger documentation on Authentication and Authorization.
- Additionally, you can read about using a different security scheme in the Enable Authorize button in springdoc-openapi-ui for Bearer Token Authentication (JWT) question on StackOverflow.
- Moreover, you can browse the OpenAPI documenation, especially the Security Scheme Object and Security Requirement Object parts.