Self-hosted Supabase - Adding Custom Claims Using Auth Hook

Calvin,2 min read

I have been using self-hosted Supabase with SAML authentication to accept login from a third-party identity provider. The SAML authentication is working fine out of the box, but I need a robust way to pass user roles from my database to the client application. I found an official guide on how to add custom claims to the JWT token: (opens in a new tab)

Basically, you need to provide a PostgreSQL function that will be called when the user logs in. The function will receive the user object and you can add custom claims to the JWT token. In the official guide, the name of the function is custom_access_token_hook.

In the guide Local Development (opens in a new tab) it mentioned that to enable auth hooks is to add [auth.hook.custom_access_token] to the config.toml file.

However, when deploying to the staging/production servers with Docker Compose, the configration is different.


1. Modify the .env file. Assuming your Postgres function is called custom_access_token_hook:


2. Pass the env variables to the docker container. Add the following to services > auth section:


After restarting the Docker containers, the user role should be added to the JWT token following a successful authentication.

Further Read: Role Based Access Control (RBAC)

If you are interested in further utilizing the new user_role value and integrate it with database side Role Based Access Control (RBAC), you can refer to the following guide: Custom Claims & Role-based Access Control (RBAC) (opens in a new tab).