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Tyk Identity Broker

What is the Tyk Identity Broker (TIB)?

The Tyk Identity Broker (TIB) is a microservice portal that provides a bridge between various Identity Management Systems such as LDAP, Social OAuth (e.g. GPlus, Twitter, GitHub), legacy Basic Authentication providers, to your Tyk installation.

TIB can bridge to the Tyk API Gateway, Tyk Portal or even Tyk Dashboard, and makes it easy to integrate custom IDMs to your system in a pluggable way.

How it Works

TIB provides a simple API, which traffic can be sent through. The API will match the request to a profile which then exposes two things:

  1. An Identity Provider - the thing that will authorize a user and validate their identity
  2. An Identity Handler - the thing that will authenticate a user with a delegated service (in this case, Tyk)

Identity Providers

Identity providers can be anything, so long as they implement the tap.TAProvider interface. Bundled with TIB at the moment you have three providers:

  1. Social - Provides OAuth handlers for many popular social logins (such as Google, Github and Bitbucket)
  2. LDAP - A simple LDAP protocol binder that can validate a username and password against an LDAP server (tested against OpenLDAP)
  3. Proxy - A generic proxy handler that will forward a request to a third party and provides multiple “validators” to identify whether a response is successful or not (e.g. status code, content match and regex)

Identity Handlers

An identity handler will perform a predefined set of actions once a provider has validated an identity. These actions are defined as a set of action types:

Pass through or redirect user-based actions

  • GenerateOrLoginDeveloperProfile - Will create or login a user to the Tyk Developer Portal
  • GenerateOrLoginUserProfile - Will log a user into the Tyk Dashboard (this does not create a user, only creates a temporary session for the user to have access)
  • GenerateOAuthTokenForClient - Will act as a client ID delegate and grant an Tyk-provided OAuth token for a user using a fragment in the redirect URL (standard flow)

Direct or Redirect

GenerateTemporaryAuthToken - Will generate a Tyk standard access token for the user, can be delivered as a redirect fragment OR as a direct API response (JSON)

These actions are all handled by the tap.providers.TykIdentityHandler module which wraps the Tyk Gateway, Dashboard and Admin APIs to grant access to a stack.

Handlers are not limited to Tyk, a handler can be added quite easily by implementing the TAProvider so long as it implements this pattern and is registered it can handle any of the above actions for it’s own target.

Installing TIB

Via Packages

As of v0.4.0, TIB is now available via packages from

Follow the instructions on this page to install on your environment.

Via Docker

TIB is also available as a Docker container from


No command line arguments are needed, but if you are running TIB from another directory or during startup, you will need to set the absolute paths to the profile and config files:

Usage of ./tyk-auth-proxy:
        Path to the config file (default "tib.conf")
        Path to the profiles file (default "profiles.json")

Tyk Identity Broker Flow

The Tyk Identity Broker flow is quite complex, the initial authentication request must go via the broker, before being handled by the gateway:

Tyk Identity Broker OAuth Flow

Example TIB implementation with GitHub and OAuth 2.0