Here we will be exploring how to integrate the nestjs project with a fireback authentication. This integration is quite simple, but if you want to use it in production you need to learn about permissions, User role workspace model of the fireback to manage the permissions on real-life examples.

Note: You can add fireback to existing nestjs project, or new one. It does not need changes to your setup, or coding style, etc.

Make sure you have installed fireback

Fireback is a binary product, you need to download and install it on your computer/server, and run it like a webserver in order to use it. This article shows only how to integrate fireback into nestjs project, meaning expects you already have installed fireback, and it runs on http://localhost:4500 using fireback start command.

Install the fireback-tools

npm i fireback-tools --save

Or for yarn users:

yarn add fireback-tools

This will install the necessary tools to work with fireback on Node.js, React, Angular, Nestjs. Also it provides typedefinitions of internal structure. Basically everything related to fireback.

Set environment variables

This step is optional, if you did not change the port of fireback.

You need to set two environment variables: FIREBACK_HOSTNAME and FIREABACK_PORT. For example: FIREBACK_PORT=6700 npm start

Add FirebackModule to your app.module.ts

Open your app.module.ts in nest project, and add the FirebackModule into the modules section. It's a dynamic module, you need to call register function.

import { Module } from '@nestjs/common';
import { AppController } from './app.controller';
import { AppService } from './app.service';

// + Line below is needed
import { FirebackModule } from 'fireback-tools/nestjs';

  imports: [
    // + Line below is needed
  controllers: [AppController],
  providers: [AppService],
export class AppModule {}

Now you have the fireback available in your nest project.

Add WithWorkspace to each route

Adding FirebackModule doesn't have any effect by itself, and you need to specifiy the WithWorkspace guard for those endpoints you want to be authenticated.

WithWorkspace can accept strings as argument (not an array), and will pass those permissions directly to the Fireback server for validation.

As an example, we just make sure this route is authenticated:

import { Controller, Get, Req, Res, UseGuards } from '@nestjs/common';
import { AppService } from './app.service';

// + Line below is needed to import fireback classes
import { AuthResult, WithWorkspace } from 'fireback-tools/nestjs';

export class AppController {
  constructor(private readonly appService: AppService) {}

  getHello(@Req() req: { name: string } & AuthResult) {

     * Now this req also has the AuthResult, see response result for fields.
     * You can check the username, permissions, access level with this object.
    return { auth: req.auth };

The result of the endpoint would be something like this. You do not want to send the object into response, use the information here while creating entities or querying the entities.

Create a new user using fireback cli, or http, then add the token as authorization while calling your nestjs api, and it will show you:

  "auth": {
    "workspaceId": "b9cdb1e8",
    "internalSql": "workspace_id in (\"b9cdb1e8\")",
    "userId": "7eadec94",
    "user": {
      "uniqueId": "7eadec94"
    "accessLevel": {
      "capabilities": [
      "workspaces": [
      "sql": "workspace_id in (\"b9cdb1e8\")"


Now you have added authentication for your nestjs. You can create user with fireback API, you do not need to wrap all routes from fireback into your project. It means, your app would be running on port :3000, it's completely your code, but if you want to signup user, you would call passport/email/signup on port :4500 directly to fireback.

Next steps

You configurated the nestjs and fireback, but also you need to know few things more to be compatible real world requirements.

  • Understand how to define permissions in your fireback project.
  • Understand how to create your entities, and which data you need to put while creating your database