Migrating to Server Side Supabase Auth

My winning hackathon project, Supaque, is a http queue & schedule service built on top of Supabase’s PostgreSQL database and function. The project was built using the Deno Fresh framework and deployed on Deno Deploy platform. While building the project, I initially used the authentication flow on the client side, using supabase auth SDK.

During Supabase Launch Week 7, a new feature was released for the Supabase Auth PKCE flow. This new flow allows for more secure authentication on the server side of applications. With this release, I decided to migrate the authentication flow of my Supaque project to use the new PKCE flow on the server side.

There is a new Auth helper available for handling the PKCE flow on the server side, which can be found at https://github.com/supabase/auth-helpers. This helper is currently available for Next.js, SvelteKit, and Remix applications. Although I was using the Deno Fresh framework for my project, I was able to leverage the available documentation to write my own helper to integrate the PKCE flow into my server-side authentication process. Despite not having an official helper for Fresh framework, the process was still relatively straightforward and the documentation was helpful in guiding me through the integration.

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Here is my previous callback handler on client side:

  useEffect(() => {
    const url = new URL(window.location.href);
    const param = new URLSearchParams(url.hash);

    const token = param.get("#access_token");
    if (token) {
      param.set("access_token", token);
    } else if (param.get("error_code")) {
      setMessage(param.get("error_description") || "Unable to login");
  }, []);

And now, using PKCE auth flow, it’s can handled on backend code

const code = url.searchParams.get("code");
const { data, error } = await supabase.auth.exchangeCodeForSession(code);

And this is my custom helper for Deno Fresh Framework

export const supabaseSSR = (req: Request, res: Response) =>
    Deno.env.get("SUPABASE_URL") as string,
    Deno.env.get("SUPABASE_KEY") as string,
      auth: {
        detectSessionInUrl: false,
        flowType: "pkce",
        storageKey: "pkce",
        storage: {
          setItem: (key, value) => {
            const val = encode(value);
            setCookie(res.headers, {
              name: key,
              value: val,
              sameSite: "Lax",
              maxAge: 60 * 60 * 24 * 7 * 1000,
              path: "/",
          getItem: (key) => {
            const cok = getCookies(req.headers);
            const val = cok[key];
            if (!val) {
              return null;
            const decoded = decode(val);
            const decodedStr = new TextDecoder("utf-8").decode(decoded);
            return decodedStr;
          removeItem: (key) => {
            setCookie(res.headers, {
              name: key,
              value: "",
              sameSite: "Lax",
              expires: new Date(0),
              path: "/",

For those who are interested, the source code for Supaque is available on my GitHub repository at https://github.com/suciptoid/supaque. You can see how I integrated the new PKCE flow into the server-side authentication process and explore the codebase to learn more about how the project works. Feel free to leave any feedback or suggestions in the repository’s issues section.