Getting started in Express


Install Lucia using your package manager of your choice.

npm install lucia

Initialize Lucia

Import Lucia and initialize it with your adapter. Refer to the Database page to learn how to set up your database and initialize the adapter. Make sure you configure the sessionCookie option and register your Lucia instance type.

import { Lucia } from "lucia";

const adapter = new BetterSQLite3Adapter(db); // your adapter

export const lucia = new Lucia(adapter, {
	sessionCookie: {
		attributes: {
			// set to `true` when using HTTPS
			secure: process.env.NODE_ENV === "production"

declare module "lucia" {
	interface Register {
		Lucia: typeof lucia;


If you're using Node.js 18 or below, you'll need to polyfill the Web Crypto API. This is not required in Node.js 20, CloudFlare Workers, Deno, Bun, and Vercel Edge Functions. This can be done either by importing webcrypto, or by enabling an experimental flag.

import { webcrypto } from "node:crypto";

globalThis.crypto = webcrypto as Crypto;
node --experimental-web-crypto index.js

Next steps

You can learn all the concepts and APIs by reading the Basics section in the docs. If you prefer writing code immediately, check out the Tutorials page or the examples repository.

This documentation often references the Copenhagen Book. This is an open-source guide on implementing auth and should come in handy when implementing anything auth, including passkeys, multi-factor authentication, and a bit of cryptography. We recommend reading it to learn more about auth in web applications.

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