Enable Basic authentication

Enable Basic authentication for your Quarkus project and allow users to authenticate with a username and password.


The following procedure outlines how you can enable Basic authentication for your application by using the elytron-security-properties-file extension.


  1. In the application.properties file, set the quarkus.http.auth.basic property to true.

  2. Optional: In a non-production environment only and purely for testing Quarkus Security in your applications:

    1. To enable authentication for the embedded realm, set the quarkus.security.users.embedded.enabled property to true.

    2. You can also configure the required user credentials, user name, secret, and roles. For example:

      quarkus.security.users.embedded.users.alice=alice (1)
      quarkus.security.users.embedded.users.bob=bob (2)
      quarkus.security.users.embedded.roles.alice=admin (1)
      quarkus.security.users.embedded.roles.bob=user (2)
      1 The user, alice, has alice as their password and admin as their role.
      2 The user, bob, has bob as their password and user as their role.

      For information about other methods that you can use to configure the required user credentials, see the Configuring User Information section of the Quarkus "Security Testing" guide.

      Configuring user names, secrets, and roles in the application.properties file is only suitable for testing scenarios. If you are securing a production application, always use a database to store this information.

Next steps

For a more detailed walk-through that shows you how to configure Basic authentication together with Jakarta Persistence for storing user credentials in a database, see the Getting Started with Security using Basic authentication and Jakarta Persistence guide.

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