First Beta release of Mozilla Persona – Login without Passwords

For the past year, we’ve been rapidly improving Mozilla Persona (previously BrowserID). Our goal is simple: we want to eliminate passwords on the Web. Today, after many iterations based on community implementation feedback, Persona enters Beta. This first beta means:

  1. we’ve produced and are committing to a much improved API
  2. the first-user experience is significantly improved and streamlined: it’s actually hard to get lost
  3. critical new features, including support for showing your site’s name and logo, as well as terms of service and privacy policy, are live

Since the beginning, Mozilla Persona was designed to work across browsers. Our commitment to this continues: Persona Beta 1 supports all major mobile, tablet, and desktop browsers. In fact, we’re working to build an extensive library of automated regression tests across all browser platforms to ensure that this support remains rock solid as we continue to add features.

Persona is not just a great product, it’s also designed with the Mozilla Values in mind. When you deploy Persona on your web site (in an afternoon or, sometimes, only 15 minutes), you’re showing respect for your users and their data. You’re only asking for the data needed to log them in, and users know they’re only sharing exactly what’s shown on the screen.

The technology behind Persona is interesting in its own right. We’ve built and scaled Mozilla’s first serious node.js-based service. We’ll be writing a few more posts on the specifics of our technology in the weeks and months to come. In the meantime, check out our source code, and join us on email or irc.

And if you’re building or upgrading a web site, don’t forget to add Persona login support! Our quick setup guide should help you get off the ground in minutes.


  1. louisremi

    Is there a list of available Persona plugins for popular CMS/blog platforms?
    I wanted to write a WordPress plugin but I bet there’s already one somewhere.

    September 28th, 2012 at 02:54

    1. louisremi

      Oh I found it, right here:

      September 28th, 2012 at 02:55

  2. nadim


    Do we have a list if Identity Providers at this moment ? When shall we have a final version available ?

    September 30th, 2012 at 10:28

  3. Ben Adida

    Nadim: identity providers are only *just* starting to come online, watch for more information on this topic in the next few months. The Identity Provider API is almost finalized, so if you have any feedback please send it to us ASAP!

    September 30th, 2012 at 19:58

  4. Nadim

    Thx @ Ben. Sorry for my english (I mal-formulated my 2nd question). I am developing an app and have been looking for a solution for my login (OpenID, Facebook Connect, etc) – and then found Mozilla Persona just 2-3 days ago; and Persona is a better solution for me. I just wanted to know whether Mozilla Persona can be used in production sites now or should I wait for the final version ? Note that my app shall be live around December this year. Thanks again :-)

    October 1st, 2012 at 01:31

  5. Ben Adida

    Hi Nadim: oh, yes, you can absolutely use Persona right now in production.

    October 1st, 2012 at 06:42

  6. thinsoldier

    When will I be able to log into my Firefox Sync account with Persona?

    Also, when will Sync stop being such a miserable user experience?


    October 1st, 2012 at 13:19

  7. Lori

    Is Persona down today?

    October 10th, 2012 at 20:33

    1. Robert Nyman

      Not that I know of.

      October 11th, 2012 at 03:51

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