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Parsing and validating a token using the HMAC signing method

// sample token string taken from the New example
tokenString := "eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJmb28iOiJiYXIiLCJuYmYiOjE0NDQ0Nzg0MDB9.u1riaD1rW97opCoAuRCTy4w58Br-Zk-bh7vLiRIsrpU"

// Parse takes the token string and a function for looking up the key. The latter is especially
// useful if you use multiple keys for your application.  The standard is to use 'kid' in the
// head of the token to identify which key to use, but the parsed token (head and claims) is provided
// to the callback, providing flexibility.
token, err := jwt.Parse(tokenString, func(token *jwt.Token) (interface{}, error) {
    // Don't forget to validate the alg is what you expect:
    if _, ok := token.Method.(*jwt.SigningMethodHMAC); !ok {
        return nil, fmt.Errorf("Unexpected signing method: %v", token.Header["alg"])

    // hmacSampleSecret is a []byte containing your secret, e.g. []byte("my_secret_key")
    return hmacSampleSecret, nil

if claims, ok := token.Claims.(jwt.MapClaims); ok && token.Valid {
    fmt.Println(claims["foo"], claims["nbf"])
} else {


bar 1.4444784e+09

(From the documentation, courtesy of Dave Grijalva.)

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