How does REST API cookie authentication work in WP 4.7?

Posted: edited May 19 at 12:05 - Source : stackoverflow

Though I have logged in, I cannot create a post on frontend. WordPress always return 401 Unauthorized response. I have dumped $_COOKIE to make sure logged-in cookie was set and got something like this:

array(1) {
  string(125) "admin|1495526369|PwQIf1tAM5khs2f6LKMgf0T7fP1RwHjl9T6OWW90QfD|6d3373f1a05f2fcbfccc429035b0519a012d3224f725b82d6f253a98862b072d"

I have read entire REST API Handbook and many tuts:

When you log in to your dashboard, this sets up the cookies correctly for you, so plugin and theme developers need only to have a logged-in user.

but I cannot get it to work. Am I missing something or it only works on admin dashboard?

Here is my source code:

// Localized data
/* <![CDATA[ */
var appData = {"routes":{"restUrl":"\/wp-json\/wp\/v2"}};
/* ]]> */

// Post model
App.Model.Post = Backbone.Model.extend({
  urlRoot: appData.routes.restUrl + '/posts'

// Init
$(document).ready(function() {
  var post = new App.Model.Post({
    title: 'Posted via REST API',
    content: 'Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.',
  var xhr =, {
    success: function(model, response, options) {
    error: function(model, response, options) {