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@adminjs/express
Make sure you have installed AdminJS packages described in Getting started article.
$ yarn add adminjs @adminjs/express
To setup AdminJS panel with Express.js you need to have express installed and required peer dependencies:
$ yarn add express tslib express-formidable express-session
Afterwards, follow one of the examples below.

Simple

Javascript
Typescript
app.js
const AdminJS = require('adminjs')
const AdminJSExpress = require('@adminjs/express')
const express = require('express')
const PORT = 3000
const start = async () => {
const app = express()
const admin = new AdminJS({})
const adminRouter = AdminJSExpress.buildRouter(admin)
app.use(admin.options.rootPath, adminRouter)
app.listen(PORT, () => {
console.log(`AdminJS started on http://localhost:${PORT}${admin.options.rootPath}`)
})
}
start()
Now you can start your AdminJS application:
$ node app.js
Install express types and ts-node:
$ yarn add -D @types/express ts-node
app.ts
import AdminJS from 'adminjs'
import AdminJSExpress from '@adminjs/express'
import express from 'express'
const PORT = 3000
const start = async () => {
const app = express()
const admin = new AdminJS({})
const adminRouter = AdminJSExpress.buildRouter(admin)
app.use(admin.options.rootPath, adminRouter)
app.listen(PORT, () => {
console.log(`AdminJS started on http://localhost:${PORT}${admin.options.rootPath}`)
})
}
start()
Now you can start your AdminJS application:
$ ts-node app.ts

Authenticated

To add authentication, you must use AdminJSExpress.buildAuthenticatedRouter instead of AdminJSExpress.buildRouter. Additionally, we must set up a session store to keep our session information. In the example below we will store our session in a Postgres table, we will also use connect-pg-simple to allow our session store to connect to the database.
Javascript
Typescript
Install additional dependencies:
$ yarn add connect-pg-simple
app.js
const AdminJS = require('adminjs')
const AdminJSExpress = require('@adminjs/express')
const express = require('express')
const Connect = require('connect-pg-simple')
const session = require('express-session')
const PORT = 3000
const DEFAULT_ADMIN = {
password: 'password',
}
const authenticate = async (email, password) => {
if (email === DEFAULT_ADMIN.email && password === DEFAULT_ADMIN.password) {
return Promise.resolve(DEFAULT_ADMIN)
}
return null
}
const start = async () => {
const app = express()
const admin = new AdminJS({})
const ConnectSession = Connect(session)
const sessionStore = new ConnectSession({
conObject: {
connectionString: 'postgres://adminjs:[email protected]:5435/adminjs',
ssl: process.env.NODE_ENV === 'production',
},
tableName: 'session',
createTableIfMissing: true,
})
const adminRouter = AdminJSExpress.buildAuthenticatedRouter(
admin,
{
authenticate,
cookieName: 'adminjs',
cookiePassword: 'sessionsecret',
},
null,
{
store: sessionStore,
resave: true,
saveUninitialized: true,
secret: 'sessionsecret',
cookie: {
httpOnly: process.env.NODE_ENV === 'production',
secure: process.env.NODE_ENV === 'production',
},
name: 'adminjs',
}
)
app.use(admin.options.rootPath, adminRouter)
app.listen(PORT, () => {
console.log(`AdminJS started on http://localhost:${PORT}/${admin.options.rootPath}`)
})
}
start()
As you may have noticed, the authenticate function compares credentials you submit in the form with a hardcoded DEFAULT_ADMIN object. In your case, you might want to modify authenticate function's logic to compare form credentials against real database objects.
If you plan to copy-paste this example, make sure you set the database connection string to a functional one.
Now you should be able to start the server and see a login form when you visit the AdminJS panel URL.
$ node app.js
Install additional dependencies:
$ yarn add connect-pg-simple
$ yarn add -D @types/connect-pg-simple @types/express-session @types/express ts-node
app.ts
import AdminJS from 'adminjs'
import AdminJSExpress from '@adminjs/express'
import express from 'express'
import Connect from 'connect-pg-simple'
import session from 'express-session'
const PORT = 3000
const DEFAULT_ADMIN = {
password: 'password',
}
const authenticate = async (email: string, password: string) => {
if (email === DEFAULT_ADMIN.email && password === DEFAULT_ADMIN.password) {
return Promise.resolve(DEFAULT_ADMIN)
}
return null
}
const start = async () => {
const app = express()
const admin = new AdminJS({})
const ConnectSession = Connect(session)
const sessionStore = new ConnectSession({
conObject: {
connectionString: 'postgres://adminjs:@localhost:5432/adminjs',
ssl: process.env.NODE_ENV === 'production',
},
tableName: 'session',
createTableIfMissing: true,
})
const adminRouter = AdminJSExpress.buildAuthenticatedRouter(
admin,
{
authenticate,
cookieName: 'adminjs',
cookiePassword: 'sessionsecret',
},
null,
{
store: sessionStore,
resave: true,
saveUninitialized: true,
secret: 'sessionsecret',
cookie: {
httpOnly: process.env.NODE_ENV === 'production',
secure: process.env.NODE_ENV === 'production',
},
name: 'adminjs',
}
)
app.use(admin.options.rootPath, adminRouter)
app.listen(PORT, () => {
console.log(`AdminJS started on http://localhost:${PORT}${admin.options.rootPath}`)
})
}
start()
As you may have noticed, the authenticate function compares credentials you submit in the form with a hardcoded DEFAULT_ADMIN object. In your case, you might want to modify authenticate function's logic to compare form credentials against real database objects.
If you plan to copy-paste this example, make sure you set the database connection string to a functional one.
Now you should be able to start the server and see a login form when you visit the AdminJS panel URL.
$ ts-node app.ts
For a more complex example, please visit our example app.
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