How to Decode JWT in Python


In this article, we will guide you through decoding JSON Web Tokens (JWT) using jwt.decode Python method. This requires installing a Python library called PyJWT which provides advanced functionality for handling JWT encoding, decoding, and decryption.

Installing PyJWT

First, install the PyJWT library. You can do this using pip by running the following command:

pip install PyJWT

Decoding JWT

To use jwt.decode Python method, you need to import the jwt module and then call the jwt.decode() function with two required arguments: the JWT and the secret key. Here's an example:

import jwt

encoded_jwt = 'your_jwt_here'
secret_key = 'your_secret_key_here'

decoded_jwt = jwt.decode(encoded_jwt, secret_key, algorithms=['HS256'])

In this example, we are using the HS256 algorithm to decode the JWT. The decode() function returns a Python dictionary with the contents of the JWT.