Configure an Authenticator

Configure an Authenticator

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The most common login method is username and password. The Curity Identity Server provides an authenticator called html-form that is suitable for setting up a login with username and password. It uses a Credential Manager to verify the credentials, which in turn uses a data-source. It can also be configured with an Account Manager to allow for user self-signup.

This tutorial makes use of the Credential Manager and Account Manager that were created as part of the First Configuration Tutorial.


Open the Authentication profile by clicking the Profiles button in the top bar. Click the Authentication Service box to open the General page of the profile.

Authentication Profile

Select Authenticators

Select the Authenticators page in the sidebar menu of the Authentication Service.


Add new Authenticator

Click New Authenticator on the authenticator page, and type the name username-password. Select the HTML-Form Authenticator type in the grid of authenticators and click next.

Username Authenticator

Configure Credential Manager and Account Manager

The HTML Form authenticator needs a Credential Manager in order to verify credentials and optionally an Account Manager for user registration. Select the default-account-manager as account manager and default-credential-manager as credential manager.

Credential and Account Manager

Commit the Changes

Commit the changes via the Changes menu.


Commit Message

Optionally add a commit message.

Commit Message


The first authenticator is configured. It can now be used when moving on with OAuth and OpenID Connect, or any other integration that requires user authentication.

Next Steps

Now you have your first authenticator configured. The next step is to configure an OAuth client.