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Logic behind CSRF token creation and verification.

Read Understanding-CSRF for more information on CSRF. Use this module to create custom CSRF middleware.

Looking for a CSRF framework for your favorite framework that uses this module?


$ npm install csrf


This module includes a TypeScript declaration file to enable auto complete in compatible editors and type information for TypeScript projects.


var Tokens = require('csrf')

new Tokens([options])

Create a new token generation/verification instance. The options argument is optional and will just use all defaults if missing.


Tokens accepts these properties in the options object.


The length of the internal salt to use, in characters. Internally, the salt is a base 62 string. Defaults to 8 characters.


The length of the secret to generate, in bytes. Note that the secret is passed around base-64 encoded and that this length refers to the underlying bytes, not the length of the base-64 string. Defaults to 18 bytes.


Create a new CSRF token attached to the given secret. The secret is a string, typically generated from the tokens.secret() or tokens.secretSync() methods. This token is what you should add into HTML <form> blocks and expect the user's browser to provide back.

var secret = tokens.secretSync()
var token = tokens.create(secret)


Asynchronously create a new secret, which is a string. The secret is to be kept on the server, typically stored in a server-side session for the user. The secret should be at least per user.

tokens.secret(function (err, secret) {
  if (err) throw err
  // do something with the secret


Asynchronously create a new secret and return a Promise. Please see tokens.secret(callback) documentation for full details.

Note: To use promises in Node.js prior to 0.12, promises must be "polyfilled" using global.Promise = require('bluebird').

tokens.secret().then(function (secret) {
  // do something with the secret


A synchronous version of tokens.secret(callback). Please see tokens.secret(callback) documentation for full details.

var secret = tokens.secretSync()

tokens.verify(secret, token)

Check whether a CSRF token is valid for the given secret, returning a Boolean.

if (!tokens.verify(secret, token)) {
  throw new Error('invalid token!')



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