ASP.Net Core .net 6 Demo Authentication Project using local Casdoor Docker Container on Windows Subsystem for Linux

I wanted to create a demo application with kind of real world authentication that I can easily adopt in projects.

This was not so easy as I thought.

1st: I wanted an identity provider that offers OAuth2.

2nd: I wanted the identity provider on my own machine or at least within my infrastructure.

3rd: I wanted a setup that I can describe to reproduce it.

Here is the result. – I work on Windows 11. It should work with Windows 10 too. – I use Visual Studio 2022.

Part 1: Preparation

Install Windows Subsystem for Linux version 2:

Install Docker Desktop for Windows

Ensure you enabled WSL2 support in Docker!

Part 2: Setup

I need Casdoor as identity provider. It’s open source:

Pull the latest “all-in-one” Docker image of Casdoor.

docker pull casbin/casdoor-all-in-one

Now you create the container…

docker run -d -p  8000:8000 --name casdoor -v ./casdoor-data:/var/lib/mysql casbin/casdoor-all-in-one

Three comments on that:

  1. The Casdoor portal on your machine can be accessed using http://localhost:8000. If you need another port that change “8000:8000” to something else like “9000:8000”. The second port is internally used inside the Docker container. Do not change that. The first port is the published one on your machine.
  2. Casdoor is an identity provider. You will need to create identities in it. Of course you do not want to do that again and again. Therefore it’s a good idea to put the data of the Casdoor container into Docker volume. If you later recreate the container the volume will remain on disk.
  3. You ask: “Where is the Docker volume located on disk on WSL 2”? Good question! WSL creates a hidden mount point (?) that you can access on Windows by accessing \\wsl$ in the Explorer. Then you can navigate to the correct folder that contains the volume of Casdor: \\wsl$\docker-desktop-data\version-pack-data\community\docker\volumes\casdoor-data

Now you can open Casdoor:


The default login is: username “admin” with password “123” (without “”)

Now … create some users.

Then… create an application:

Part 3: The code

Now clone my github project:

Open the solution in Visual Studio 2022. Run it.

It will open a browser and looks like this:

Click “Authenticate using Casdoor”


Thats it.

The magic happens in “Startup.cs”

.AddOAuth("casdoor", "Casdoor", options =>
            options.AuthorizationEndpoint = "http://localhost:8000/login/oauth/authorize";
            options.TokenEndpoint = "http://localhost:8000/api/login/oauth/access_token";
            options.UserInformationEndpoint = "http://localhost:8000/api/userinfo";
            options.ClientId = "dc6556419364997a4032";
            options.ClientSecret = "2a4dbd07bbb655777a928ef99039a11d1e81d9d4";
            options.CallbackPath = "/signin-casdoor";
            options.ClaimsIssuer = "iss";
            options.SaveTokens = true;
            options.ClaimActions.MapJsonKey(ClaimTypes.NameIdentifier, "name");
            options.ClaimActions.MapJsonSubKey(ClaimTypes.Gender, "data", "gender");
            options.ClaimActions.MapJsonSubKey(ClaimTypes.Name, "data", "displayName");
            options.ClaimActions.MapJsonSubKey(ClaimTypes.Email, "data", "email");
            options.ClaimActions.MapJsonSubKey(ClaimTypes.HomePhone, "data", "phone");
            options.ClaimActions.MapJsonSubKey(ClaimTypes.Locality, "data", "location");
            options.ClaimActions.MapJsonSubKey(ClaimTypes.Webpage, "data", "homepage");
            options.ClaimActions.MapJsonSubKey(ClaimTypes.Role, "data", "type");

            options.Events.OnCreatingTicket = async creatingTicketContext =>
                var token = creatingTicketContext.Properties?.GetString(".Token.access_token");

                using var request = new HttpRequestMessage(HttpMethod.Get, "http://localhost:8000/api/get-account");
                request.Headers.Accept.Add(new System.Net.Http.Headers.MediaTypeWithQualityHeaderValue("application/json"));
                request.Headers.Authorization = new System.Net.Http.Headers.AuthenticationHeaderValue("Bearer", token);

                using var response = await creatingTicketContext.Backchannel.SendAsync(request, HttpCompletionOption.ResponseHeadersRead, creatingTicketContext.HttpContext.RequestAborted);
                if (!response.IsSuccessStatusCode)
                    throw new HttpRequestException("An error occurred while retrieving the user profile from Authentik.");

                var userInfo = await response.Content.ReadAsStringAsync(creatingTicketContext.HttpContext.RequestAborted);
                using var jsonDoc = JsonDocument.Parse(userInfo);

I took a while to figure out how to configure the OAuth2 provider.