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Learn how to integrate Clerk into your Next.js + Hasura application

Getting started

For a quicker start, check out our official Next.js and Hasura starter repo with here.

You can connect your Clerk-authenticated application to a Hasura GraphQL endpoint within minutes.

The first step is to navigate to JWT Templates from the Clerk Dashboard.Click on the button to create a New Template based on Hasura.

This will pre-populate the default claims required by Hasura. You can include additional claims or modify them as necessary. Shortcodes are also available to make adding dynamic user values easy.

By default, Clerk will sign the JWT with a private key automatically generated for your application, which is what most developers use for Hasura. If you so choose, you can customize this key.

Configure Hasura

The next step is to provide Hasura with the public keys used to verify the JWT issued by Clerk. Assuming you didn’t use a custom key, this can be done by using a JSON Web Key Set (JWKS), which Clerk automatically creates an endpoint for with your Frontend API (https://<YOUR_FRONTEND_API>/.well-known/jwks.json).

You can set up your project either with Hasura Cloud or you can run the Hasura GraphQL engine locally using Docker Compose.

Set up with Hasura Cloud

Go to your project settings, click “Env vars” and then add “New Env Var.”

Set the key to HASURA_GRAPHQL_JWT_SECRET and value to the following:

Set up with Hasura Core

To add the JWT secret locally with Hasura Core, you need to set both the HASURA_GRAPHQL_ADMIN_SECRET and HASURA_GRAPHQL_JWT_SECRET in the docker-compose.yml file.

HASURA_GRAPHQL_ADMIN_SECRET can be set to any text string.

HASURA_GRAPHQL_JWT_SECRET should be set to a stringified JSON object of the JWT secret which contains the JWKS endpoint as the value of jwk_url.

Replace <YOUR_FRONTEND_API> with the Frontend API value from your Clerk instance dashboard.

With Custom Signing Key

If you did use a custom signing key, instead of providing the jwk_url you need to provide the algorithm type and key in the stringified JSON object as the HASURA_GRAPHQL_JWT_SECRET in the Hasura Cloud Env Vars or in the docker-compose.yml file.

Configure your GraphQL client

GraphQL clients (such as Apollo Client and Relay) can help with querying and caching your data. They can also manage UI state, keep data in sync, and boost performance. GraphQL requests can be to the Hasura backend using different clients.

The last step of integrating Clerk as the modern web authentication solution for Hasura is to pass the JWT in the Authorization header with your requests. You can access the token generated with the Hasura claims by calling getToken({ template: <your-template-name> }) on the Session object with the name of your template.

Even if you don’t have a database table set up yet, we can make use of the built-in GraphQL introspection system to validate that the authenticated requests are working properly.

Here is an example of using Apollo Client in conjunction with the useAuth hook in a Next.js application to make a request to the Hasura GraphQL endpoint:


As an alternative, here is an example of using Fetch API in conjunction with the useSWR hook in a Next.js application to make a request to the Hasura GraphQL endpoint:


Note that the getToken({ template: <your-template-name> }) call is asynchronous and returns a Promise that needs to be resolved before accessing the token value. This token is short-lived for better security and should be called before every request to your GraphQL API. The caching and refreshing of the token is handled automatically by Clerk.

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