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How do I get a JwtAuthenticationToken for my HandlerMethodArgumentResolver from the request’s Authorization header?

I have a Spring Boot application that requires a JwtAuthenticationToken passed in a HTTP Authorization header. The header itself provides a bearer token; Spring is doing some magic that I am currently unaware of to convert that bearer token string into a JwtAuthenticationToken. I have some code that extracts the user id from the token, which is used to locate the correct resources on the server.

private String getUidFromToken(JwtAuthenticationToken token) {
  // this is placeholder code to demonstrate what I'm doing with the token

public ResponseEntity<String> getUserProfile(JwtAuthenticationToken token) {
  String uid = getUidFromToken(token);
  // rest of the code

Since I require these tokens in a couple of different places, I decided to look into moving the getUidFromToken code into a HandlerMethodArgumentResolver. The trouble I’m having is that I need a JwtAuthenticationToken, but I only get the bearer token from the Authorization header as a string.

Is it possible for me to get that JwtAuthenticationToken instead of a string?


I figured it out with some help from a professional acquaintance. The trick was to grab the static security context which allows you to get ahold of the current authentication. Then, getting the uid claim I was looking for was trivial.

I used a Baeldung article to help me scaffold the HandlerMethodArgumentResolver:

And here is what I did in the resolveArgument method:

public Object resolveArgument(
    MethodParameter parameter,
    ModelAndViewContainer mavContainer,
    NativeWebRequest webRequest,
    WebDataBinderFactory binderFactory)
    throws Exception {
  final var auth = (JwtAuthenticationToken) SecurityContextHolder.getContext().getAuthentication();
  final var token = auth.getToken();
  if (token.hasClaim("uid")) {
    return token.getClaimAsString("uid");
  } else {
    return null;