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An application programming interface key (API key) is a code passed in by external commands calling Clarive API (application programming interface) to identify the calling user.

API keys are an alternative to using login credentials. They simply identify the user without having to send the password.


API keys are sensitive information. Store them with care. If stolen, an API key can give access to the data your Clarive user is entitled to view.


API keys can be used in two forms:

  • As a query setting calling a Clarive URL.
  • As a user password alternative.

Global API Key Access Setup

API keys cannot be used to log into the Clarive web interface or access any URL, except when the system configuration option api_key_authentication is set to a true value.

api_key_authentication: 1

Error messages

api-key authentication is not enabled for this url

This error message indicates that the URL accessed is not allowed for API keys. Either write a webservice rule or enable global API key access.