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Integrate Supabase with Clerk

The first step is to create a new Clerk application from your Clerk Dashboard if you haven’t done so already. You can choose whichever authentication strategy and social login providers you prefer. For more information, check out our Set up your application guide.

After your Clerk application has been created, go to the Clerk Dashboard and navigate to the JWT Templates(opens in a new tab) page. Click on the New template button to create a new template based on Supabase.

The JWT Templates page in the Clerk Dashboard. The 'New template' button was clicked, and a pop up titled 'New JWT template' is shown. The 'Supabase' template is hovered over.

Once the Supabase template is created, you will be redirected to the template's page. You can now configure the template to your needs.

The 'Create new template' page of the JWT Templates page in the Clerk Dashboard.

The Supabase template will pre-populate the default claims required by Supabase. You can include additional claims as necessary. Shortcodes are available to make adding dynamic user values easy.

The 'Create new template' page of the JWT Templates page in the Clerk Dashboard. The page is scrolled down to the 'Claims' section.

Supabase requires that JWTs be signed with the H256 signing algorithm and use their signing key. You can locate the JWT secret key in your Supabase project under Settings --> API in the Config section.

The 'Create new template' page of the JWT Templates page in the Clerk Dashboard. The page is scrolled down to the 'Claims' section.

Reveal the JWT secret to copy it and then paste it in the Signing key field in the Clerk JWT template. After the key is added, you can click the Apply Changes button to save your template.

The Supabase JWT template in the Clerk Dashboard. A red box is surrounding the 'Signing Key' section.

Configure your client

To configure your client, you need to set some local environment variables. Assuming a React application, set the following.

Pro tip! If you are signed into your Clerk Dashboard, you can copy your Clerk publishable key below. Otherwise, you can find it in the Clerk Dashboard on the API Keys(opens in a new tab) page.


You can find your Frontend API value in the Clerk Dashboard on the API keys(opens in a new tab) page. It will be the Publishable key.

The API keys page in the Clerk Dashboard. There is a red arrow pointing to the copy button next to the 'Publishable key'.

To get the ones needed for Supabase, navigate to the same Settings > API page as before and locate the anon public key and URL.

The 'API' page in the Supabase Dashboard. There is a red box surrounding the 'anon public key' and 'URL' fields.

Note: Supabase recommends enabling Row Level Security (RLS)(opens in a new tab) for your database tables and configuring access policies as needed.

After setting those three environment variables, you should be able to start up your application development server.

Install the JavaScript client for Supabase with:

npm install @supabase/supabase-js

You can then initialize the Supabase client by passing it the environment variables and the access token from Clerk.

import { useAuth } from '@clerk/clerk-react'; import { createClient } from "@supabase/supabase-js"; const supabaseClient = async (supabaseAccessToken) => { const supabase = createClient(process.env.NEXT_PUBLIC_SUPABASE_URL, process.env.NEXT_PUBLIC_SUPABASE_KEY, { global: { headers: { Authorization: `Bearer ${supabaseAccessToken}` } }, }); // set Supabase JWT on the client object, // so it is sent up with all Supabase requests return supabase; }; function App() { const { getToken } = useAuth(); const fetchData = async () => { // TODO #1: Replace with your JWT template name const supabaseAccessToken = await getToken({ template: 'supabase' }); const supabase = await supabaseClient(supabaseAccessToken); // TODO #2: Replace with your database table name const { data, error } = await supabase.from('your_table').select(); // TODO #3: Handle the response }; return ( <div className="app"> <button onClick={fetchData}>Fetch data</button> </div> ); }

Access user ID in RLS policies

It is common practice to need access to the user identifier on the database level, especially when working with RLS policies in Postgres. Although Supabase provides a special function auth.uid() to extract the user ID from the JWT, this does not currently work(opens in a new tab) with Clerk. The workaround is to write a custom SQL function to read the sub property from the JWT claims.

In the SQL Editor section of the Supabase dashboard, click New Query and enter the following:

create or replace function requesting_user_id() returns text language sql stable as $$ select nullif(current_setting('', true)::json->>'sub', '')::text; $$;

This will create a requesting_user_id() function that can be used within an RLS policy.

For example, this policy would check that the user making the request is authenticated and matches the user_id column of a todos table.

CREATE POLICY "Authenticated users can update their own todos" ON public.todos FOR UPDATE USING ( auth.role() = 'authenticated'::text ) WITH CHECK ( requesting_user_id() = user_id );

Next steps

Last updated on February 13, 2024

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