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NIP-98 - HTTP Auth

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This NIP defines an ephemeral event used to authorize requests to HTTP servers using nostr events.

This is useful for HTTP services which are built for Nostr and deal with Nostr user accounts.

Nostr event

A kind 27235 (In reference to RFC 7235) event is used.

The content SHOULD be empty.

The following tags MUST be included.

Example event:

"id": "fe964e758903360f28d8424d092da8494ed207cba823110be3a57dfe4b578734",
"pubkey": "63fe6318dc58583cfe16810f86dd09e18bfd76aabc24a0081ce2856f330504ed",
"content": "",
"kind": 27235,
"created_at": 1682327852,
"tags": [
["u", ""],
["method", "GET"]
"sig": "5ed9d8ec958bc854f997bdc24ac337d005af372324747efe4a00e24f4c30437ff4dd8308684bed467d9d6be3e5a517bb43b1732cc7d33949a3aaf86705c22184"

Servers MUST perform the following checks in order to validate the event:

  1. The kind MUST be 27235.
  2. The created_at timestamp MUST be within a reasonable time window (suggestion 60 seconds).
  3. The u tag MUST be exactly the same as the absolute request URL (including query parameters).
  4. The method tag MUST be the same HTTP method used for the requested resource.

When the request contains a body (as in POST/PUT/PATCH methods) clients SHOULD include a SHA256 hash of the request body in a payload tag as hex (["payload", "<sha256-hex>"]), servers MAY check this to validate that the requested payload is authorized.

If one of the checks was to fail the server SHOULD respond with a 401 Unauthorized response code.

Servers MAY perform additional implementation-specific validation checks.

Request Flow

Using the Authorization HTTP header, the kind 27235 event MUST be base64 encoded and use the Authorization scheme Nostr

Example HTTP Authorization header:


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