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React Cognito

You can now use Amazon Cognito to handle authentication and authorization for your mobile and web applications. This is particularly useful for serverless single-page applications (SPAs). SPAs can be hosted in S3 buckets and use AWS services such as API Gateway, Lambda, S3, DynamoDB and others without requiring a separate server.

This Javascript package provides a set of React components and supporting code to make integrating with Cognito very easy, if you are using React and Redux.

Full documentation for this package is available.

This package is available on npm.


This library should be installed using npm, and depends on React, Redux, React Router, and of course the underlying AWS packages.

In a nutshell this library allows you to write all of your own forms and UI components, but abstracts out all of the interfacing with Cognito, and determining which parts of UI should be rendered.

Redux State

This package depends entirely on Redux to manage client-side state. As well as storing important state variables there is also a client-side state machine that helps you display the correct UI depending on the state of the user with respect to their authentication status.

All state is stored in redux under the key cognito. in there you can find:


This is either null or a valid CognitoUser object. You are unlikely to need to use this yourself, and it is located by components using the context.


This is a string indicating the client-side state. See State Machine below.


If errors are encountered from the Cognito API they are stored here, and then exposed as appropriate to UI components. This means most error handling is transparent and automatic for you.


The CognitoUserPool object, used to create users.


This contains all the user's Cognito attributes, if you've chosen to fetch them at login (the default).


A CognitoIdentityCredentials object, used to authenticate against a Federated User Pool. Contains no secret material.


The configuration provided by the application, used to contact Cognito.