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Some useful AuthActions for working with machine/user auth based of HMAC for the robots and cookies for the monkeys.

Quick Rundown

We use HMAC-SHA-256

How to use

Assuming that you are using pan-domain-auth-play and have already set up pan-domain-auth (see the instructions on those repos for details on how to do this), then it should be as simple as:


libraryDependencies += "" %% "panda-hmac-play_2.8" % "2.0.0"


class MyController @Inject()(override val config:Configuration,
                                  override val controllerComponents:ControllerComponents,
                                  override val wsClient:WSClient,
                                  override val refresher:InjectableRefresher)
  extends AbstractController(controllerComponents) with PanDomainAuthActions with HMACAuthActions {
  override def secret = "mysecret" //or more likely, config.get[String]("application.hmacSecret")

  def myApiActionWithBody = APIHMACAuthAction.async(circe.json(2048)) { request=>
  def myRegularAction = HMACAuthAction {
  def myRegularAsyncAction = HMACAuthAction.async {

How to setup a machine client

There are example clients for Scala, Javascript and Python in the examples/ directory.

Each client needs a copy of the shared secret, defined as "mysecret" in the controller example above. Each request needs a standard (RFC-7231) HTTP Date header, and an authorization digest that is calculated like this:

  1. Make a "string to sign" consisting of the HTTP Date and the Path part of the URI you're trying to access, seperated by a literal newline (unix-style, not CRLF)
  2. Calculate the HMAC digest of the "string to sign" using the shared secret as a key and the HMAC-SHA-256 algorithm
  3. Base64 encode the binary output of the HMAC digest to get a random-looking string
  4. Add the HTTP date to the request headers with the header name 'X-Gu-Tools-HMAC-Date'
  5. Add another header called 'X-Gu-Tools-HMAC-Token' and set its value to the literal string HMAC followed by a space and the digest, like this: X-Gu-Tools-HMAC-Token: HMAC boXSTNumKWRX3eQk/BBeHYk
  6. Send the request and the server should respond with a success.
  7. The default allowable clock skew is 5 minutes, if you have problems then this is the first thing to check.