Persist AWS Cognito User with Amplify

I've been following the Serverless Stack tutorial and can get a positive response with calling Auth.signIn(username, passsword)

The current workflow we have is that the user will need to reset their password as accounts will be handed out.

The .changePassword function takes 3 arguments; user, oldPassword, newPassword

I can't for the life of me figure out what it's looking for for the user. When I set the object returned from .signIn() I get the following error:

Local storage is missing an ID Token, Please authenticate

Obviously I wouldn't use this flow for production, but I'm trying to figure out what Auth is looking for.

Auth.signIn(this.state.emailAddress, this.state.password)
  .then(user => {
    this.setState({ isLoading: false, user });
  }).then(async () => {
    Auth.changePassword(this.state.user, '[email protected]!', '[email protected]!');
  }).catch(err => {
    this.setState({ isLoading: false, errorMessage: err.message })
});

I do see an ID token in the Storage property from the object returned from .signIn. For clarification: I probably shouldn't have placed it in the chaining. I'm not really doing above in practice. When I save the response from Signin and pass it to the changePassword I get the localstorage error. I'm wondering if there is a config issue setting up Amplify that normally would place this info in localStorage.

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1 Answers Persist AWS Cognito User with Amplify

Auth.changePassword takes in a CognitoUser as it's first argument, something which should be returned from Auth.signIn.

The issue here, is your promise chaining, and using this.setState() and reading it back before it's actually been set:

Auth.signIn(this.state.emailAddress, this.state.password)
  .then(user => {
    // Triggers a setstate here:
    this.setState({ isLoading: false, user });
  }).then(async () => {
    // this.state.user is not defined at this point
    Auth.changePassword(this.state.user, '[email protected]!', '[email protected]!');
  }).catch(err => {
    this.setState({ isLoading: false, errorMessage: err.message })
});

From the React docs:

setState() does not always immediately update the component. It may batch or defer the update until later. This makes reading this.state right after calling setState() a potential pitfall. Instead, use componentDidUpdate or a setState callback (setState(updater, callback)), either of which are guaranteed to fire after the update has been applied. If you need to set the state based on the previous state, read about the updater argument below.

The easiest way to fix this, is to return the user in the first .then callback, to pass it to the second:

Auth.signIn(this.state.emailAddress, this.state.password)
  .then(user => {
    // Triggers a setstate here:
    this.setState({ isLoading: false, user });
    return user;
  }).then((user) => {
    // this.state.user is not defined at this point
    Auth.changePassword(user, '[email protected]!', '[email protected]!');
  }).catch(err => {
    this.setState({ isLoading: false, errorMessage: err.message })
});

Personally, I think it would look a lot nicer entirely in async/await:

try {
    const user = await Auth.signIn(this.state.emailAddress, this.state.password);

    this.setState({ isLoading: false, user });

    await Auth.changePassword(user, '[email protected]!', '[email protected]!');
} catch (err) {
    this.setState({ isLoading: false, errorMessage: err.message })
}

2 weeks ago