Configure Authentication

Configure Authentication: Obtaining A Session

The SuiteCRM API requires that a client has an active session to consume the API. Sessions are acquired by authenticating with the OAuth 2 Server, using one of the available grant types.

Configure Grant Types

Before you can consume the API, you must first configure SuiteCRM to grant access to a client. SuiteCRM 7.10 provides an administrative panel, through which you can add clients and revoke tokens. To configure the grant types, select the admin panel, and then select OAuth2 Clients and Tokens:

Configure SuiteCRM API

Available Grant Types

SuiteCRM Version Available Grant Types

7.10.0

Password Grant

7.10.2

Password Grant, Client credentials Grant

Create a new grant

Client Credentials Grant

A client credentials grant is the simplest of all of the grants types, this grant is used to authenticate a machine or service. Select new client credentials client:

Create a new client credentials grant

Begin configuring the grant:

Create a new Client

Field Description

Name

This makes it easy to identify the client.

Secret

Defines the client_secret which is posted to the server during authentication.

Is Confidential

A confidential client is an application that is capable of keeping a client password confidential to the world.

Associated User

Limits the client access to CRM, by associating the client with the security privileges of a user.

The 'secret' will be hashed when saved, and will not be accessible later. The 'id' is created by SuiteCRM and will be visible once the client is saved.

View a Client Credentials Client

Authentication with Client Credentials

POST /api/oauth/access_token

Required parameters

param value

grant_type

client_credentials

client_id

ExampleClientName

client_secret

ExampleSecretPassword

scope

standard:create standard:read standard:update standard:delete standard:delete standard:relationship:create standard:relationship:read standard:relationship:update standard:relationship:delete

Example Request (PHP):
$ch = curl_init();
$header = array(
    'Content-type: application/vnd.api+json',
    'Accept: application/vnd.api+json',`
 );
$postStr = json_encode(array(
    'grant_type' => 'client_credentials',
    'client_id' => '3D7f3fda97-d8e2-b9ad-eb89-5a2fe9b07650',
    'client_secret' => 'client_secret',
    'scope' => 'standard:create standard:read standard:update standard:delete standard:delete standard:relationship:create standard:relationship:read standard:relationship:update standard:relationship:delete'
));
$url = 'https://path-to-instance/api/oauth/access_token';
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, url);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_CUSTOMREQUEST, 'POST');
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $postStr);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, $header);
$output = curl_exec($ch);
Example Response:
{
   "token_type":"Bearer",
   "expires_in":3600,
   "access_token":"eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJSUzI1NiIsImp0aSI6IjdkOTEyODNhMjc1NDdkNDRlMzNmOTc5ZjVmMGRkYzQwNzg1ZGY5NGFhMWI5MDVlZGNmMzg3NWIxYjJkZDMzNDljZWEyNjZhMTQ2OTE5OWIzIn0.eyJhdWQiOiJzdWl0ZWNybV9jbGllbnQiLCJqdGkiOiI3ZDkxMjgzYTI3NTQ3ZDQ0ZTMzZjk3OWY1ZjBkZGM0MDc4NWRmOTRhYTFiOTA1ZWRjZjM4NzViMWIyZGQzMzQ5Y2VhMjY2YTE0NjkxOTliMyIsImlhdCI6MTUxODE5NTEwMiwibmJmIjoxNTE4MTk1MTAyLCJleHAiOjE1MTgxOTg3MDIsInN1YiI6IjEiLCJzY29wZXMiOltdfQ.EVGuRisoMxSIZut3IWtgOYISw8lEFSZgCWYCwseLEfOuPJ8lRMYL4OZxhu9gxJoGF0nj3yc6SYDPxovrsoj8bMoX38h4krMMOHFQLoizU0k2wAceOjZG1tWKPhID7KPT4TwoCXbb7MqAsYtVPExH4li7gSphJ8wvcWbFdS5em89Ndtwqq3faFtIq6bv1R4t0x98HHuT7sweHUJU40K9WQjbAfIOk8f5Y6T2wassN2wMCBB8CC6eUxLi14n2D6khHvkYvtPbXLHpXSHZWvEhqhvjAeSR5MmMrAth9WDSWUx7alO-ppsZpi8U7-g9Be5p6MRatc25voyTI2iTYbx02FQ",
   "refresh_token":"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"
}
token_type the Bearer token value

expires_in

an integer representing the TTL of the access token

access_token

a JWT signed with the authorization server’s private key. It is required that you include this in the HTTP headers, each time you make a request to the API

refresh_token

an encrypted payload that can be used to refresh the access token when it expires.

You can store the bearer token in a database and use in your requests like this:

Example
$header = array(
   'Content-type: application/vnd.api+json',
   'Accept: application/vnd.api+json',
   'Authorization: Bearer ' . $your_saved_access_token
);

Password Grant

A password grant is used for allow users to log into SuiteCRM with a username and a password. Select new password client:

Create a Password Client

Begin configuring grant:

Create a new Client

Name

This makes it easy to identify the client.

Secret

Defines the client_secret which is posted to the server during authentication.

Is Confidential

A confidential client is an application that is capable of keeping a client password confidential to the world.

The 'secret' will be hashed when saved, and will not be accessible later. The 'id' is created by SuiteCRM and will be visible once the client is saved.

View a password grant client

POST /api/oauth/access_token

Required parameters

param value

grant_type

password

client_id

ExampleClientName

client_secret

ExampleSecretPassword

scope

standard:create standard:read standard:update standard:delete standard:delete standard:relationship:create standard:relationship:read standard:relationship:update standard:relationship:delete

username

admin

password

secret

Please change the values in bold to match your chosen authentication details.

Example Request (PHP):
$ch = curl_init();
$header = array(
    'Content-type: application/vnd.api+json',
    'Accept: application/vnd.api+json',`
 );
$postStr = json_encode(array(
    'grant_type' => 'password',
    'client_id' => '3D7f3fda97-d8e2-b9ad-eb89-5a2fe9b07650',
    'client_secret' => 'client_secret',
    'username' => 'admin',
    'password' => 'admin',
    'scope' => 'standard:create standard:read standard:update standard:delete standard:delete standard:relationship:create standard:relationship:read standard:relationship:update standard:relationship:delete'
));
$url = 'https://path-to-instance/api/oauth/access_token';
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, url);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_CUSTOMREQUEST, 'POST');
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $postStr);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, $header);
$output = curl_exec($ch);
Example Response:
{
   "token_type":"Bearer",
   "expires_in":3600,
   "access_token":"eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJSUzI1NiIsImp0aSI6IjdkOTEyODNhMjc1NDdkNDRlMzNmOTc5ZjVmMGRkYzQwNzg1ZGY5NGFhMWI5MDVlZGNmMzg3NWIxYjJkZDMzNDljZWEyNjZhMTQ2OTE5OWIzIn0.eyJhdWQiOiJzdWl0ZWNybV9jbGllbnQiLCJqdGkiOiI3ZDkxMjgzYTI3NTQ3ZDQ0ZTMzZjk3OWY1ZjBkZGM0MDc4NWRmOTRhYTFiOTA1ZWRjZjM4NzViMWIyZGQzMzQ5Y2VhMjY2YTE0NjkxOTliMyIsImlhdCI6MTUxODE5NTEwMiwibmJmIjoxNTE4MTk1MTAyLCJleHAiOjE1MTgxOTg3MDIsInN1YiI6IjEiLCJzY29wZXMiOltdfQ.EVGuRisoMxSIZut3IWtgOYISw8lEFSZgCWYCwseLEfOuPJ8lRMYL4OZxhu9gxJoGF0nj3yc6SYDPxovrsoj8bMoX38h4krMMOHFQLoizU0k2wAceOjZG1tWKPhID7KPT4TwoCXbb7MqAsYtVPExH4li7gSphJ8wvcWbFdS5em89Ndtwqq3faFtIq6bv1R4t0x98HHuT7sweHUJU40K9WQjbAfIOk8f5Y6T2wassN2wMCBB8CC6eUxLi14n2D6khHvkYvtPbXLHpXSHZWvEhqhvjAeSR5MmMrAth9WDSWUx7alO-ppsZpi8U7-g9Be5p6MRatc25voyTI2iTYbx02FQ",
   "refresh_token":"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"
}
token_type the Bearer token value

expires_in

an integer representing the TTL of the access token

access_token

a JWT signed with the authorization server’s private key. It is required that you include this in the HTTP headers, each time you make a request to the API

refresh_token

an encrypted payload that can be used to refresh the access token when it expires.

You can store the bearer token in a database and use in your requests like this:

Example
$header = array(
   'Content-type: application/vnd.api+json',
   'Accept: application/vnd.api+json',
   'Authorization: Bearer ' . $your_saved_access_token
);

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