Running Examples

The quickest way to start experimenting with dex is to run a single dex-worker locally, with an in-process database, and then interact with it using the example programs in this directory.

Build Everything and Start dex-worker

First, build the example webapp client and example CLI client.


We can start dex in local mode. The default values for dex-worker flags are set to load some example objects which will be used in the next steps.

./bin/dex-worker --no-db &

Example Webapp Client

Build and run the example app webserver by pointing the discovery URL to local Dex, and supplying the client information from ./static/fixtures/clients.json into the flags.

./bin/example-app \
	--client-id=example-app \
	--client-secret=ZXhhbXBsZS1hcHAtc2VjcmV0 \

Visit http://localhost:5555 in your browser and click "login" link. Next click "Login with Email" and enter the sample credentials from static/fixtures/connectors.json:

  • email:
  • password: bones

The example app will dump out details of the JWT issued by Dex which means that authentication was successful and the application has authenticated you as a valid user. You can play with adding additional users in connectors.json and users.json.

Example CLI Client

The example CLI will start, connect to the Dex instance to gather discovery information, listen on localhost:8000, and then acquire a client credentials JWT and print it out.

./bin/example-cli \
	--client-id example-cli \
	--client-secret ZXhhbXBsZS1jbGktc2VjcmV0 \
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