Passport Setup

Now that we have setup our schemas and our sessions we will go into the core of authentication, PassportJs.

We will first import our modules.

const passport = require('passport')
const DiscordStrategy = require('passport-discord')
const User = require('../modals/users')

Now passport uses two different methods to authenticate users, serializeUser and deserializeUser.


The serializeUser method is used to store the user in the session, this is done by the _id of the user.

passport.serializeUser((user, done) => {
    done(null, user._id)


The deserializeUser method is used to grab the user from the session, this is done by the _id of the user.

passport.deserializeUser((id, done) => {
    User.findById(id, (err, res) => {
        done(err, res)

Now that we have setup our serializeUser and deserializeUser methods we will now setup our DiscordStrategy.


The DiscordStrategy is used to authenticate users with Discord.

Before we setup our DiscordStrategy we will need to create a function called rNum which will generate a random number, this is used to generate a random avatar if the user does not have one.

function rNum(min, max) {
    return Math.floor(Math.random() * (max - min + 1)) + min

Now we will setup our DiscordStrategy.

var scopes = ['identify', 'email', 'guilds', 'guilds.join']
passport.use(new DiscordStrategy({
    clientID: process.env.CLIENT_ID,
    clientSecret: process.env.CLIENT_SECRET,
    callbackURL: process.env.REDIRECT_URI,
    scope: scopes
}, async (accessToken, refreshToken, profile, cb) => {
    var user = await User.findOne({ discord_id: })
    var image_url = `${}/${profile.avatar}.png?size=1024`
    if(!profile.avatar) {
        image_url = `${rNum(0, 5)}.png`
    var username = profile.username + '#' + profile.discriminator
    if(user) {
        User.updateOne({ discord_id: }, { $set: { image_url: image_url, username: username } }, (err, res) => {
            return cb(null, user)
    } else {
        new User({
            username: username,
            image_url: image_url,
        }).save().then(user => {
            return cb(null, user)

And finally we will export our passport module.

module.exports = passport