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This guide shows you how to use Okta as the user store for your web application and sign users in.

If you are building a single-page (browser) app, see Sign users in to your single-page application instead. Or, if you are building a server that returns API responses (but not HTML), see Protect your API endpoints.

This guide assumes that you:

  • Have an Okta Developer Edition organization. Don't have one? Create one for free.
  • Know the basics of building Web applications.
  • Have a project or application that you want to add authentication to.
  • Are building a web app that's rendered by a server.

If you don't have an existing app, or are new to building apps, start with this documentation:

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