NGINX Plus R10 has only been out for a few weeks but it’s got us very excited. The latest release boasts many new features and improvements including: “Dual-stack” support for ECC and RSA Certificates, transparent proxy support, nginScript support, and more. The feature we are most excited about is native support for JSON Web Tokens (JWT).
With the R10 release, NGINX Plus makes it easy to protect your APIs and services with JWTs. In this post, we’ll look at why you would want to offload the authorization aspect of your app to NGINX and then we’ll build an application that does exactly this. We’ll use Auth0 to issue the JWTs for us, but the same workflow is applicable to any JWT issuer.