Nodejs twitter login script with expresjs and passportjs

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Create nodejs twitter login with PassportJS

Nowadays modern web applications have social media login as an important feature. Instead of login using an email address, users prefer to sign in with popular social media sites like Facebook or Twitter. In a previous tutorial, NodeJS PassportJS Login was explored with passport local strategy. In this tutorial, you will learn nodejs twitter login.

Following tasks are performed in this tutorial.

1. Create a NodeJS, expressjs application

2. Install passport, passport-twitter, express-session modules

3. Install nodemon and session memory store modules

3. Create a twitter developer app on

4. Create a passport twitter login strategy

5. Create a login button in the index view file

6. Perform login using twitter authentication

nodejs twitter login - passport js - main image

Generate a NodeJS application using express.

In order to generate a nodejs twitter login application, you need to install nodejs, npm, and expressjs.

Install NodeJS and NPM

To install NodeJS, visit website. Download installer. After downloading, run the installer. It is a simple wizard-based process. NPM or Node Package Manager is also installed. NPM is used to install dependencies and packages.

Install express generator command line tool.

After NodeJS and NPM installation, install express-generator. This tool is used to generate an express application skeleton.

$ npm install express-generator -g

Generate an express application using express tool

$ express --view=pug nodejs-twitter-login-with-passport

nodejs twitter login - create express project

Install required dependencies

Before running the app, you need to install required dependencies.

 > cd nodejs-twitter-login-with-passport && npm install

This command changes directory to project folder and installs required dependencies.

Running the app

To view running app, execute the command below.

SET DEBUG=nodejs-twitter-login-with-passport:* & npm start

Open the browser and type URL.


Install nodemon module

If a change is made to a nodejs file, you need to restart the server. Nodemon service monitors changes in nodejs files and automatically restart the server.

npm install --save-dev nodemon

On command line and type


Install passport, passport-twitter, express-session

Passport, passport-twitter modules are required to perform login, while the express-session module is used to create a session middleware.

npm install passport passport-twitter express-session --save

Install session memory store

Install session-memory-store module, this module is a session store.

npm install session-memory-store --save

Create a twitter developer app

To create a Twitter Developer App, you need to create an account on Twitter. After creating the account, login to your account. Visit URL and click on Create New App buttonIf you have no apps already you will view a screen like this. Click on Create New App button.

nodejs twitter login - create a twitter app


Create an application screen displays

Nodejs twitter login - add app details

Fill in the appropriate fields like name, description, website (The website where you would like to use this app, in this case, localhost is our website).

Next, an important field is Callback URL. This URL is, where Twitter will return after successful authentication. Here URL is You need to create the same route for you nodejs twitter login app.

After adding the information, click on Create Your Twitter Application button. nodejs twitter login - app creation successful

After your Twitter app is created, you will see the success message. Now click on Keys and Access Tokens. Here you need to get Consumer Key (API Key) and Consumer Secret (API Secret). These keys are used in app.

nodejs twitter create app - access credentials

You need to keep token and access keys secret.

You need to create a twitter app on and get Consumer Key and Consumer Secret and paste it in app.js file.

Here we have hidden the keys due to security/privacy reasons

Create a passport twitter login strategy

Open project in your favorite IDE such as Sublime Text, Atom or Visual Studio Code.

Update code in App.js

Open app.js file and replace all code with the code present in the following link:

nodejs twitter login - app.js file

Add access keys

Open file app.js. Add following code on top of the file after require statements.

var callbackURL = "";

Include required modules

After setting keys in application add require statement for passport, passport-twitter and express-session modules.

var passport = require('passport');

var TwitterStrategy = require('passport-twitter').Strategy;
var sess            = require('express-session');

Include session memory store

Include session memory store

var BetterMemoryStore = require('session-memory-store')(sess);

Create passport twitter strategy

Below, require statements in app.js, add twitter strategy in app.use. Add consumer key, secret and callback URL.

passport.use(new TwitterStrategy({

  consumerKey:    TWITTER_CONSUMER_KEY,


  callbackURL:    callbackURL
  function(token, tokenSecret, profile, done) {

    done(null, profile);



Serialize and deserialize information

To fetch and save user data in memory, you need to serialize it first and then deserialize it.

passport.serializeUser(function(user, callback){

  callback(null, user);


passport.deserializeUser(function(object, callback){

  callback(null, object);


Add session configuration options

To use session in this app add session configuration options

var store = new BetterMemoryStore({ expires: 60 * 60 * 1000, debug: true });

  name: 'JSESSION',
  store:  store,
  resave: true,
  saveUninitialized: true,

Initialize passport and session

To use passport and passport session, initialize it.



Add ‘/’ route for nodejs twitter login

Add a ‘/’ route that will be loaded when the application is loaded. This route renders index route. User data from Twitter, is saved in req.user and title is also assigned to title variable, data is passed to index view.

app.get('/', function(req, res){

  res.render('index', {user: req.user, title: "Nodejs Twitter Login with PassportJs and ExpressJs"});


Add login and callback return routes

Next, add twitter/login route, that authenticates the user, using passport.authenticate method. After login, twitter/return route is defined, in case of success user is redirected to ‘/’ and user information is assigned to view otherwise if user authentication is failed, the user is redirected to a failureRedirect route.

app.get('/twitter/login', passport.authenticate('twitter'));

app.get('/twitter/return', passport.authenticate('twitter', {

  failureRedirect : '/'


  function(req, res){



Add index View to routes folder

Open index.pug file in routes directory. Add the code below to the file. This code creates a table, displays a Twitter login button. If the user is logged in successful, username and twitter profile photo is displayed.

extends layout

block content
                  h1 #{title}
                   if user
                    strong Welcome: 
                    | #{user.displayName}
                    strong Display Photo: 
                    img(src="#{[0].value}", alt="")
                     a(class ="btn btn-primary" href="/twitter/login") 
                      | Login With Twitter

Related CSS styles and layout.pug file code can be found in source code.

Running the application

Open the browser and go to URL

node js twitter login - display form

Click on Login With Twitter button. The app will be redirected to a twitter login screen.

Nodejs twitter login - authentication credentials

This screen also shows permissions, that this app will have access to.

nodejs twitter login - authorize app.

After sign in, App needs authorization. Click on Authorize App. You can see display name and profile photo of user from twitter.



In this tutorial, you learned to create a nodejs twitter login app. Passport, passport-twitter, nodemon, express-session modules are installed. A twitter developer app is created on After the user is successfully logged in to account, user information is returned from Twitter and is displayed on homepage.

You can clone or download the source code of this tutorial from Github.

nodejs-twitter login - github download code link.

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