Algorithm Management (JWA)

The algorithm management is part of the web-token/jwt-core component:

composer require web-token/jwt-core

Algorithm Manager

For each cryptographic operation you will perform, you will need at least one algorithm.

The available algorithms depend on the cypher operation to be performed. Please refer to the Signed tokens or the Encrypted tokens to know more.

These algorithms are managed by an Algorithm Manager. In the following example, we will create an algorithm manager that will handle two algorithms: PS256 and ES512


use Jose\Component\Core\AlgorithmManager;
use Jose\Component\Signature\Algorithm\PS256;
use Jose\Component\Signature\Algorithm\ES512;

$algorithm_manager = AlgorithmManager::create([
    new PS256(),
    new ES512(),

It is not possible to set the same algorithm twice in the same algorithm manager.

Algorithm Manager Factory

Your application may need several algorithm managers for several use cases. Let say:

  • Your application issues signed events to a platform
  • Your application issues authentication tokens for registered users.

To avoid mixing algorithms in one algorithm manager or instantiate several times the algorithms for several algorithm managers, this framework provides an Algorithm Manager Factory.

This factory will create algorithm managers on demand. It also allows the same algorithm to be instantiated multiple times but with different configuration options.

Each algorithm is identified using an alias. We recommend to use the algorithm name as an alias.


use Jose\Component\Core\AlgorithmManagerFactory;
use Jose\Component\Signature\Algorithm\PS256;
use Jose\Component\Encryption\Algorithm\KeyEncryption\PBES2HS512A256KW;
use Jose\Component\Encryption\Algorithm\ContentEncryption\A128CBCHS256;

$algorithm_manager_factory = new AlgorithmManagerFactory();
    ->add('PS256', new PS256())
    ->add('A128CBC-HS256', new A128CBCHS256())
    ->add('PBES2-HS512+A256KW', new PBES2HS512A256KW())
    ->add('PBES2-HS512+A256KW with custom configuration', new PBES2HS512A256KW(128, 8192))

The first argument of the method add is the alias for the algorithm. It must be unique. As you can see in the example, we added the algorithm PBES2-HS512+A256KW twice: with the default configuration and with custom arguments.

Now that our algorithm manager factory is ready, we can create several algorithm managers by passing a list of aliases to the method create:


$signature_algorithm_manager = $algorithm_manager_factory->create(['PS256']);
$encryption_algorithm_manager = $algorithm_manager_factory->create(['A128CBC-HS256', 'PBES2-HS512+A256KW']);
$encryption_algorithm_manager_for_paranoid = $algorithm_manager_factory->create(['A128CBC-HS256', 'PBES2-HS512+A256KW with custom configuration']);

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