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API Token Authentication in Laravel 5.2

Typically my applications have a UI and authentication is done through a simple login page. Obviously for a RESTful API, having a login page isn’t ideal. Instead, my hope was to have users append an api_token to the end of their query string and use that to authenticate their request. I was happy to find that 5.2 also ships with a TokenGuardlink class that allows you to do exactly that, but the documentation on getting it to work was a bit thin, so here you go.


Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band.