To make our login information persist we need to store and load it from the browser session. There are a few different ways we can do this, using Cookies or Local Storage. Thankfully the AWS Amplify does this for us automatically and we just need to read from it and load it into our application state.

Amplify gives us a way to get the current user session using the Auth.currentSession() method. It returns a promise that resolves to the session object (if there is one).

Load User Session

Let’s load this when our app loads. We are going to do this in componentDidMount. Since Auth.currentSession() returns a promise, it means that we need to ensure that the rest of our app is only ready to go after this has been loaded.

To do this, let’s add a flag to our src/App.js state called isAuthenticating. The initial state in our constructor should look like the following.

this.state = {
  isAuthenticated: false,
  isAuthenticating: true

Let’s include the Auth module by adding the following to the header of src/App.js.

import { Auth } from "aws-amplify";

Now to load the user session we’ll add the following to our src/App.js below our constructor method.

async componentDidMount() {
  try {
    if (await Auth.currentSession()) {
  catch(e) {
    if (e !== 'No current user') {

  this.setState({ isAuthenticating: false });

All this does is check if a session object is returned. If so, then it updates the isAuthenticating flag once the process is complete. Also, the Auth.currentSession() method throws an error No current user if nobody is currently logged in. We don’t want to show this error to users when they load up our app and are not signed in.

Render When the State Is Ready

Since loading the user session is an asynchronous process, we want to ensure that our app does not change states when it first loads. To do this we’ll hold off rendering our app till isAuthenticating is false.

We’ll conditionally render our app based on the isAuthenticating flag.

Our render method in src/App.js should be as follows.

render() {
  const childProps = {
    isAuthenticated: this.state.isAuthenticated,
    userHasAuthenticated: this.userHasAuthenticated

  return (
    !this.state.isAuthenticating &&
    <div className="App container">
      <Navbar fluid collapseOnSelect>
            <Link to="/">Scratch</Link>
          <Navbar.Toggle />
          <Nav pullRight>
              ? <NavItem onClick={this.handleLogout}>Logout</NavItem>
              : <Fragment>
                  <LinkContainer to="/signup">
                  <LinkContainer to="/login">
      <Routes childProps={childProps} />

Now if you head over to your browser and refresh the page, you should see that a user is logged in.

Login from session loaded screenshot

Unfortunately, when we hit Logout and refresh the page; we are still logged in. To fix this we are going to clear the session on logout next.