How do I get username from a JWT from a React app?

I have a similar problem to this thread: Not getting userinfo data with express-jwt

I have a react app that uses the @auth0/auth0-react package that needs to call a GraphQL API. Here’s how I’m configuring Apollo Client:

const { isLoading, isAuthenticated, getAccessTokenSilently } = useAuth0();
let headers: Record<string, string> | undefined = undefined;
console.log("Getting access token");
try {
  const token = await getAccessTokenSilently();
  headers = {
     authorization: token
finally {
  return new ApolloClient({
    uri: process.env.REACT_APP_GQL_URI,
    cache: new InMemoryCache(),
    headers: headers

Here is how I am getting the user data on the server (I am using Apollo Server and TypeGraphQL):

const authClient = jwksClient({
    jwksUri: `${process.env.AUTH0_DOMAIN}/.well-known/jwks.json`

function getKey(header: JwtHeader, cb: SigningKeyCallback) {
    if(header.kid === undefined) return;
    authClient.getSigningKey(header.kid, function (err, key) {
        var signingKey = key.getPublicKey();
        cb(null, signingKey);

const authOptions: VerifyOptions = {
    audience: process.env.AUTH0_AUDIENCE,
    issuer: `${process.env.AUTH0_DOMAIN}/`,
    algorithms: ['RS256']

// This code is in the context parameter of the ApolloServer configuration object
const token = req.headers.authorization;
if(token === undefined) return { undefined };
const user = new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
    jwt.verify(token, getKey, authOptions, (err, decoded) => {
        if(err) return reject(err);
        // @ts-ignore

return { user };

The user data I get back looks like this:

  iss: 'https://[my Auth0 tenant]',
  sub: 'auth0|[a bunch of letters and numbers]',
  aud: [
    'https://[my GraphQL URL]',
    'https://[my Auth0 tenant]'
  iat: [a long number],
  exp: [a long number],
  azp: '[a bunch of letters and numbers]',
  scope: 'openid profile email'

How can I get the username from this?

I also saw this post: Get User info from his access_token
It seemed similar to my issue however it seems like it is using the API, while I am using the Auth0 React package.

Hi @Merlin04,

Welcome to the Community!

You can add data to a token using a rule. In a rule, you will add a custom claim. If you want the username of the user, it can be accessed via the user.username object in the rule.

Let me know if you have questions.

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