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Universal Login auth0.WebAuth.authorize go to SignUp instead of SignIn



I’m wondering if there is a way to automatically select the SignUp tab in the Universal login lock when calling the auth0.WebAuth.authorize method ?



The federation protocols were designed with the idea that the application should just request an authentication, so that the signup concerns are handled either in a separate part of the application (perhaps using the user create endpoint of the Management API v2) or directly by the identity provider (like Auth0 does by offering a signup tab in Lock), but there’s no standard way for the application to tell the identity provider “show a signup UI”.

So, in general, the recommendation would be to avoid trying to do it. Do a regular authorize request from the app, and let the UI handle the rest. Having said that, there’s a way to pass custom parameters in the authorize request and use them in the login page, with the following caveats:

  • This parameters are not part of the OIDC protocol. It works now because of the way the HLP works now, but it might stop working in the future.
  • Unless you pass prompt=login, there’s no guarantee that the hosted login page will be displayed at all.

You can do something like this:

  [...] // regular parameters
  "action": "signup" // your custom parameter, could be any name

And then read the parameter from the HLP with config.extraParams:

var isSignup = config.extraParams && config.extraParams.action === "signup";
var lock = new Auth0Lock(config.clientID, config.auth0Domain, {
  [...] // all other Lock options
  // use the value obtained to decide the first screen
  initialScreen: isSignup ? "signUp" : "login",

GREAT ANSWER!!! Thanks you @nicolas_sabena! Works like a charm.

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