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Azure AD sidecar

The Azure AD sidecar is a reverse proxy that provides functionality to perform Azure AD login and logout for end-users.


The sidecar is only available in the Google Cloud Platform clusters.


Port Configuration

The sidecar will occupy and use the ports 7564 and 7565.

Ensure that you do not bind to these ports from your application as they will be overridden.

Minimal example below.

      enabled: true
      enabled: true

See the NAIS manifest reference for the complete specification.

The above example will provision a unique Azure AD application and enable a sidecar that uses said application.

For configuration of the Azure AD application itself, see the Configuration page.



  • If you're unfamiliar with Azure AD, review the core concepts.
  • Ensure that you define at least one ingress for your application.
  • Ensure that you configure user access for your application. Users are not granted access by default.

Try out a basic user flow:

  1. Visit your application's login endpoint (https://<ingress>/oauth2/login) to trigger a login.
  2. After logging in, you should be redirected back to your application.
  3. All further requests to your application should now have an Authorization header with the user's access token as a Bearer token
  4. Visit your application's logout endpoint (https://<ingress>/oauth2/logout) to trigger a logout.
  5. You will be redirected to Azure AD for logout, and then back to your application's ingress.
  6. Success!

See Wonderwall for further usage details.

Token Validation

The sidecar attaches an Authorization header with the user's access_token as a Bearer token, as long as the user is authenticated.

It is your responsibility to validate the token before granting access to resources.

For any endpoint that requires authentication; deny access if the request does not contain a valid Bearer token.

Read more about Token Validation

Next Steps

The access token that Wonderwall provides should only be accepted and used by your application.

To access other applications, you need a token scoped to the target application.

For Azure AD, use the on-behalf-of grant to exchange the token for a new token.

Recommended: JavaScript Library

See for an opinionated JavaScript library for token validation and exchange.