How to send Basic Authentication (BA) credentials in ruby on rails

HTTP Basic authentication is a simple authentication scheme in which user authentication is done by a username and password eliminating the needs of cookies, sessions and login pages. It is base64 encoded.

Rails provides a method for this type of authentication: authenticate_with_http_basic

This method can be used as follows:

authenticate_with_http_basic do |username, password|

Inside the block you can access the username and password.

But how to send a request with basic auth in rails ?

This is really tricky and I didn’t find any documentation for this. Here I am describing how to send a request with basic auth.

1. Use Faraday library (Faraday is an HTTP client lib)

Create a connection:

connection = => HOST) do |faraday|
      faraday.request  :url_encoded             # form-encode POST params
      faraday.response :logger                  # log requests to STDOUT
      faraday.adapter  Faraday.default_adapter  # make requests with Net::HTTP
      faraday.basic_auth(USERNAME, PASSWORD)

parameters = params[‘user’].permit!.to_h

response = connection.get do |req|
      req.headers['Content-Type'] = 'application/json'

response = do |req|
        req.headers['Content-Type'] = 'application/json'
        req.body = parameters

render json: response.body


HOST = ''
USERNAME = 'EdcddzrbmET55016'
PASSWORD = 'UXBJnS309S49st3rHqmH5934'
params['url'] = '/users/profile'

We can use Faraday’s (‘faraday.basic_auth’) basic auth method to reach out our solution.

If you are getting any error like follows in post request

NoMethodError (undefined method `bytesize' for {}:ActiveSupport::HashWithIndifferentAccess):

Don’t forget to convert the ruby hash ‘parameters’ to json by calling ‘to_json’ upon it.

        req.body = parameters.to_json 

In Other way you can use something like this to generate the basic auth header

request.env['HTTP_AUTHORIZATION'] = ActionController::HttpAuthentication::Basic.encode_credentials(USERNAME, PASSWORD)

How to use Ruby Rest Client:

require 'rest_client'

headers = {
  :authorization => 'Basic FytxhZGKpbjpvcGVuIHNlc2FtHUHU'

response = RestClient.get '', headers
puts response

Author: Abhi

Hi, this is Abhilash - Senior Programmer Analyst at CoMakeIT, specialised on web programming. Mainly working on Ruby On Rails platform since 2010.

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