BrowserID is a safe and easy way for users to sign into web sites using their email address.
BrowserID works on all modern browsers, only requires an hour or two to implement, and makes for a more frictionless experience by eliminating the "email confirmation" step when a user first signs into a site. Website operators still get a verified email address for their users, and users only have to remember a single password. BrowserID is also intuitive, since email addresses are commonly understood to be associated with identities.
You can try BrowserID right now by going to OpenPhoto and signing in, or read more about it from the user perspective at support.mozilla.org.
Read on to get started!
BrowserID is in active development. It's ready to use today, but we'll be introducing a new and improved API near the end of Q2. Follow our blog
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Using BrowserID on your site
- Why BrowserID?
- Learn about reasons to support BrowserID on your site, and how it compares to other identity and authentication systems.
- Quick setup
- A quick walkthrough showing how to add BrowserID to your web site.
- Libraries and plugins
- Find a drop-in library for your favorite programming language, web framework, blog, or content management system.
- Images, buttons, and style guide
- Get a nice "sign in" graphic for your users to click on and learn more about how to best present BrowserID to your users.
- The navigator.id API reference
- Reference for the
navigator.id object, which web developers can use to integrate BrowserID into sites.
- Verifying assertions
- Learn about verifying assertions locally or by using Mozilla's remote verification API.
- Persistent login
- How to allow users to stay signed into a site using BrowserID.
- Specifying an email address
- How to require that the user sign in using a particular email address.
- Security considerations
- Practices and techniques to make sure your BrowserID deployment is secure.
- The BrowserID cookbook
- Example source code for BrowserID sites. Includes snippets in PHP, Node.JS, and more.
Information for Identity Providers
If you're an email provider or another identity-providing service, check out the links below to learn about becoming a BrowserID Identity Provider.
- Development tips
- A set of tips and tricks useful while developing a new Identity Provider.
The BrowserID Project
- BrowserID terminology defined.
- Answers to common questions.
- Protocol overview
- A mid-level technical overview of the BrowserID protocol.
- The Spec
- Deep technical details live here.
- Bootstrapping BrowserID
- To get BrowserID going, we've provided three temporary shims: our own identity provider, a portable implementation of the BrowserID APIs, and a remote verification service. Learn here about why they're needed, and when we expect to remove them.