# Authentication

Let's start with authentication, even if this subject seems to be non Sharp related: it is, actually, and without a bit of configuration nothing will work, because Sharp can't be used as a guest.

Sharp uses the standard Laravel authentication.

# Configure user attributes

The Sharp login form asks for a login and a password field; to handle the authentication, Sharp has to know what attributes it must test in your User model. Defaults are email and password, and can be overriden in the Sharp config:

// in config/sharp.php

"auth" => [
    "login_attribute" => "login",
    "password_attribute" => "pwd",
    "display_attribute" => "name",

The third attribute, display_attribute, is used to display the user name in the Sharp UI. Default is name.

# Custom guard

It's very likely that you don't want to authorize all users to access Sharp. You can hook into the Laravel custom guards functionality, with one config key:

//in config/sharp.php

"auth" => [
    "guard" => "sharp",

Of course, this implies that you defined a "sharp" guard in config/auth.php, as detailed in the Laravel documentation.

# Authentication check

If you want a simple way to authorize some users to access Sharp in a project where you have other users, you can define an auth check rather than using custom guard.

First write a class which implements Code16\Sharp\Auth\SharpAuthenticationCheckHandler:

class SharpCheckHandler implements SharpAuthenticationCheckHandler
     * @param $user
     * @return bool
    public function check($user): bool
        return $user->hasGroup('sharp');

Perform in the check() method any test you need to make on the authenticated user.

Finally enable this feature by adding a config key:

//in config/sharp.php

"auth" => [
    "check_handler" => \App\Sharp\Auth\SharpCheckHandler::class,

And you are good to go.