Token-based authentication

Authentication tokens

To make a web API call from a client such as a mobile application, you must supply an authentication token on the call. The token acts like an electronic key that lets you access the API.

Magento provides a separate token service for administrators and customers. When you request a token from one of these services, the service returns a unique authentication token in exchange for the user name and password for a Magento account.

The Magento web API framework allows guest users to access resources that are configured with the permission level of anonymous. Guest users are users who the framework cannot authenticate through existing authentication mechanisms. As a guest user, you do not need to, but you can, specify a token in a web API call for a resource with anonymous permission. Restricting access to anonymous web APIs contains a list of APIs that do not require a token.

Use the following calls to get an authentication token:

Get an admin token POST /V1/integration/admin/token integrationAdminTokenServiceV1
Get a customer token POST /V1/integration/customer/token integrationCustomerTokenServiceV1

For most web API calls, you supply this token in the Authorization request header with the Bearer HTTP authorization scheme to prove your identity. By default, an admin token is valid for 4 hours, while a customer token is valid for 1 hour. You can change these values from Admin by selecting Configuration > Services > OAuth > Access Token Expiration.

A cron job that runs hourly removes all expired tokens.

Request a token

A authentication token request contains three basic elements:

Component Specifies

A combination of the server that fulfills the request, the web service, and the resource against which the request is being made.

For example, in the POST endpoint:

The server is

the web service is rest

the resource is /V1/integration/customer/token.</p>
Content type

The content type of the request body. Set this value to either "Content-Type:application/json" or "Content-Type:application/xml".


The user name and password for a Magento account.

To specify these credentials in a JSON request body, include '{"username":"<USER-NAME>", "password":"<PASSWORD>"}' in the call.

To specify these credentials in XML, include <login><username></username><password>customer1pw</password></login> in the call.


The following image shows a token request for the admin account using a REST client:

REST client

The following example uses the curl command to request a token for a customer account:

curl -X POST "" \
     -H "Content-Type:application/json" \
     -d "{"username":"", "password":"customer1pw"}"

The following example makes the same request with XML for a customer account token:

curl -X POST "" \
     -H "Content-Type:application/xml"  \
     -d "<login><username></username><password>customer1pw</password></login>"

For more information about the curl command, see Use cURL to run the request

Authentication token response

A successful request returns a response body with the token, as follows:


Use the token in a Web API request

Any web API call that accesses a resource that requires a permission level higher than anonymous must contain the authentication token in the header To do this, specify a HTTP header in the following format:

Authorization: Bearer <authentication token>

Admin access

Admins can access any resources for which they are authorized.

For example, to make a web API call with an admin token:

curl -X GET "http://magento.ll/index.php/rest/V1/customers/2" -H "Authorization: Bearer vbnf3hjklp5iuytre"

Customer access

Customers can access only resources with self permissions.

For example, to make a web API call with a customer token: curl -X GET "http://magento.ll/index.php/rest/V1/customers/me" -H "Authorization: Bearer asdf3hjklp5iuytre"

Related topics

Construct a request

Configure services as web APIs

Restricting access to anonymous web APIs