Clerk React SDK + Encore App Example

This is an example of how to do user authentication using Clerk together with an Encore app. Check out the Use Clerk with your app guide to learn more about this example.

Cloning the example

When you have installed Encore, you can create a new Encore application and clone this example by running this command:

encore app create my-app --example=clerk

Clerk Credentials

Create a Clerk account if you haven't already. Then, in the Clerk dashboard, create a new application.

Next, go to the API Keys page for your app. Copy the "Publishable Key" and one of the "Secret keys".

In frontend/.env file, replace the values for VITE_CLERK_PUBLISHABLE_KEY with the value from your Clerk dashboard.

The Secret key is sensitive and should not be hardcoded in your code/config. Instead, you should store that as an Encore secret.

From your terminal (inside your Encore app directory), run:

$ encore secret set --prod ClientSecretKey

Next, do the same for the development secret. The most secure way is to create another secret key (Clerk allows you to have multiple). Once you have a client secret for development, set it similarly to before:

$ encore secret set --dev ClientSecretKey

Developing locally

Run your Encore backend:

encore run

In a different terminal window, run the React frontend using Vite:

cd frontend npm install npm run dev

Open http://localhost:5173 in your browser to see the result.

Encore's Local Development Dashboard

While encore run is running, open http://localhost:9400/ to view Encore's local developer dashboard. Here you can see the request you just made and a view a trace of the response.

Generating a request client

Keep the contract between the backend and frontend in sync by regenerating the request client whenever you make a change to an Encore endpoint.

npm run gen # Deployed Encore staging environment # or npm run gen:local # Locally running Encore backend

Deployment

Encore

Deploy your backend to a staging environment in Encore's free development cloud:

git add -A . git commit -m 'Commit message' git push encore

Then head over to the Cloud Dashboard to monitor your deployment and find your production URL.

From there you can also see metrics, traces, connect your app to a GitHub repo to get automatic deploys on new commits, and connect your own AWS or GCP account to use for deployment.

React on Vercel

  1. Create a repo and push the project to GitHub.
  2. Create a new project on Vercel and point it to your GitHup repo.
  3. Select frontend as the root directory for the Vercel project.

CORS configuration

If you are running into CORS issues when calling your Encore API from your frontend then you may need to specify which origins are allowed to access your API (via browsers). You do this by specifying the global_cors key in the encore.app file, which has the following structure:

global_cors: { // allow_origins_without_credentials specifies the allowed origins for requests // that don't include credentials. If nil it defaults to allowing all domains // (equivalent to ["*"]). "allow_origins_without_credentials": [ "<ORIGIN-GOES-HERE>" ], // allow_origins_with_credentials specifies the allowed origins for requests // that include credentials. If a request is made from an Origin in this list // Encore responds with Access-Control-Allow-Origin: <Origin>. // // The URLs in this list may include wildcards (e.g. "https://*.example.com" // or "https://*-myapp.example.com"). "allow_origins_with_credentials": [ "<DOMAIN-GOES-HERE>" ] }

More information on CORS configuration can be found here: https://encore.dev/docs/develop/cors