Migrating applications to MSAL.NET or Microsoft.Identity.Web

Why migrate to MSAL.NET or Microsoft.Identity.Web

Both the Microsoft Authentication Library for .NET (MSAL.NET) and Azure AD Authentication Library for .NET (ADAL.NET) are used to authenticate Microsoft Entra entities and request tokens from Microsoft Entra ID. Up until now, most developers have requested tokens from Azure AD for developers platform (v1.0) using Azure AD Authentication Library (ADAL). These tokens are used to authenticate Microsoft Entra identities (work and school accounts).

MSAL comes with benefits over ADAL. Some of these benefits are listed below:

  • You can authenticate a broader set of Microsoft identities: work or school accounts, personal Microsoft accounts, and social or local accounts with Azure AD B2C,
  • Your users will get the best single-sign-on experience,
  • Your application can enable incremental consent, Conditional Access,
  • You benefit from continuous innovation in term of security and resilience,
  • Your application implements the best practices in term of resilience and security.

MSAL.NET or Microsoft.Identity.Web are now the recommended auth libraries to use with the Microsoft identity platform. No new features will be implemented on ADAL.NET. The efforts are focused on improving MSAL.NET. For details see the announcement: Update your applications to use Microsoft Authentication Library and Microsoft Graph API.

Should you migrate to MSAL.NET or to Microsoft.Identity.Web

Before digging in the details of MSAL.NET vs ADAL.NET, you might want to check if you want to use MSAL.NET or a higher-level abstraction like Microsoft.Identity.Web.

For details about the decision tree below, read MSAL.NET or Microsoft.Identity.Web.

"Block diagram explaining how to choose if you need to use MSAL.NET and Microsoft.Identity.Web or both when migrating from ADAL.NET"

Deprecated ADAL.Net NuGet packages and their MSAL.Net equivalents

You might unknowingly consume ADAL dependencies from other Azure SDKs. Below are few of the deprecated packages and their MSAL alternatives.

ADAL.NET Package (Deprecated) MSAL.NET Package (Current)
Microsoft.Azure.KeyVault Azure.Security.KeyVault.Secrets, Azure.Security.KeyVault.Keys, Azure.Security.KeyVault.Certificates
Microsoft.Azure.Management.Compute Azure.ResourceManager.Compute
Microsoft.Azure.Services.AppAuthentication Azure.Identity
Microsoft.Azure.Management.StorageSync Azure.ResourceManager.StorageSync
Microsoft.Azure.Management.Fluent Azure.ResourceManager
Microsoft.Azure.Management.EventGrid Azure.ResourceManager.EventGrid
Microsoft.Azure.Management.Automation Azure.ResourceManager.Automation
Microsoft.Azure.Management.Compute.Fluent Azure.ResourceManager.Compute
Microsoft.Azure.Management.MachineLearning.Fluent Azure.ResourceManager.MachineLearningCompute
Microsoft.Azure.Management.Media, windowsazure.mediaservices Azure.ResourceManager.Media

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