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How To Limit Access To Express API

Hi, I have 1 express and 1 react application in the same droplet. I have an Express API and I only want my react application to use it, nothing else. Currently, my react app is on example.com and Express on api.example.com and everyone can access api.example.com. I would like to limit access to api.example.com


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Hi there @yigiteren,

I believe that one way to do so is to add an additional middleware and only allow requests from your specific IP.

You could use something like this:

function restrictAccess(req, res, next) {
      if (req.headers['origin'] !== 'https://example.com') {
        res.sendStatus(403);
      } else {
        next();
      }
    }

However, this could be manipulated as people could add additional headers to their requests if they wanted to, so a better approach would be to use a JWT token for authentication. To do that you could take a look at these two tutorials here:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/api-authentication-with-json-web-tokensjwt-and-passport

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/nodejs-jwt-expressjs

Hope that this helps. Regards, Bobby