guideToken endpoint in PHP

This article presents a simple token endpoint example for creating JSON Web Tokens (JWT tokens) implemented in PHP. The tokens are used by CKEditor Cloud Services to authenticate users.

# Dependencies

Both examples use the firebase/php-jwt library for creating tokens.

composer require firebase/php-jwt

# Examples

When creating a token endpoint to integrate with Collaboration, the token payload should contain the environment ID and user data.

# Real-time collaboration features

<?php
require __DIR__ . '/vendor/autoload.php';

use \Firebase\JWT\JWT;

$accessKey = 'w1lnWEN63FPKxBNmxHN7WpfW2IoYVYca5moqIUKfWesL1Ykwv34iR5xwfWLy';
$environmentId = 'LJRQ1bju55p6a47RwadH';

$payload = array(
    'aud' => $environmentId,
    'iat' => time(),
    'sub' => 'user-123',
    'user' => array(
        'email' => 'joe.doe@example.com',
        'name' => 'Joe Doe'
    ),
    'auth' => array(
        'collaboration' => array(
            '*' => array(
                'role' => 'writer',
            )
        )
    )
);

$jwt = JWT::encode($payload, $accessKey, 'HS256');

// Here we are printing the token to the console. In a real usage scenario
// it should be returned in an HTTP response of the token endpoint.
echo $jwt;
?>

$accessKey and $environmentId should be replaced with the keys provided by the CKEditor Ecosystem customer dashboard for SaaS or by the Management Panel for the On-Premises application. User data can be taken from the session or the database.
You should then pass the token to the client, for example by sending a plain string or by rendering a page that will contain this token. If the user is unauthenticated, the token endpoint should return an error or redirect to the login page. Also, you should make sure that the token is sent via an encrypted channel.

# Easy Image and Export to Word/PDF

The token endpoint for Easy Image and the Export to Word/PDF features does not require adding user data. You can therefore skip the user and auth properties in the token payload.

# Export to Word/PDF On-Premises

Tokens for PDF Converter and DOCX Converter On-Premises do not require any additional claims, so you can create the token with an empty payload.
In this implementation, the accessKey has been replaced by the $secretKey - a variable set during the Export to Word/PDF On-Premises instance installation.

<?php
require __DIR__ . '/vendor/autoload.php';

use \Firebase\JWT\JWT;

$secretKey = 'w1lnWEN63FPKxBNmxHN7WpfW2IoYVYca5moqIUKfWesL1Ykwv34iR5xwfWLy';

$payload = array(
    'iat' => time()
);

$jwt = JWT::encode($payload, $secretKey, 'HS256');

// Here we are printing the token to the console. In a real usage scenario
// it should be returned in an HTTP response of the token endpoint.
echo $jwt;
?>

If you create your own token endpoint, do not forget to authenticate the user before you send the token.

# Example response

The result should be in a plain text format.

eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJhdWQiOiJMSlJRMWJqdTU1cDZhNDdSd2FkSCIsImlhdCI6MTY0OTIyOTQyMiwic3ViIjoidXNlci0xMjMiLCJ1c2VyIjp7ImVtYWlsIjoiam9lLmRvZUBleGFtcGxlLmNvbSIsIm5hbWUiOiJKb2UgRG9lIn0sImF1dGgiOnsiY29sbGFib3JhdGlvbiI6eyIqIjp7InJvbGUiOiJ3cml0ZXIifX19fQ._V-HXKKHU1E-saZxk4JTvgXdh1I7793nCEK91ubSZHY

# Debugging

For debugging purposes jwt.io can be used.