401 Unauthorized error when connecting to custom MySQL database

Hey all,

I’m trying to make a custom database connection. Our database is MySQL and it’s hosted on a webserver, which means we need to be able to SSH into it. Here’s my login action script, which uses the mysql-ssh library:

function login(email, password, callback) {
	const mysqlssh = require('mysql-ssh');
	const bcrypt = require('bcrypt');

		host: "<host IP>",
		port: 3822,
		user: "root",
		password: "<password>"
		host: "localhost",
		user: "root",
		password: "<password>",
		database: "user-db",
	.then(client => {
		var query = 'SELECT id, username, email, password FROM users WHERE email = ?';
		client.query(query, [ email ], function(err, results, fields) {
			if (err) return callback(err);
			if (results.length === 0) return callback(new WrongUsernameOrPasswordError(email));
			const user = results[0];

			bcrypt.compare(password, user.password, function(err, isValid) {
				if (err || !isValid) return callback(err || new WrongUsernameOrPasswordError(email));

				callback(null, {
					user_id: user.id.toString(),
					username: user.username,
					email: user.email

	.catch (err => {
		return callback(err);

When I save & try it, it comes back with “401 - Unauthorized”. I’ve checked and there is no firewall on our webserver.

Any help with this issue would be appreciated. Thanks!

The problem was the username and password I was trying to authenticate with didn’t exist in the database. I don’t know if the “401 - Unauthorized” is the error I should be getting back in this case, but that is something for another topic.

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