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Client Credentials Grant

Deprecation Notice

There is a more recent version of this OpenId Connect API available. Learn more.

This endpoint will be deprecated on November 2nd 2020.

The OpenId Connect Client Credentials grant can be used for machine to machine authentication. In this grant a specific user is not authorized but rather the credentials are verified and a generic access_token is returned.

The access_token is a signed JSON Web Token (JWT) which contains expiry information. It’s authenticity can be verified without the need for further API calls which makes it useful for authorizing other services where latency is a concern.

Note that the access token returned is different to the access token generated via the OAuth 2.0 Tokens API. Therefore it can not be used to authorize API calls against other endpoints such as Users or Events.

Resource URL


Header Parameter



Required if Token Endpoint Authentication Method is set to Basic

Set to Basic <base64 encoded "clientId:clientSecret">.

The client_id and client_secret are generated when you configure your OpenId Connect app in OneLogin.

e.g. Using Node.js this would be

new Buffer(`${this.client_id}:${this.client_secret}`).toString('base64');





Resource Parameter




Set to the region of your OneLogin instance.

  • openid-connect
  • openid-connect-eu
e.g. If your OneLogin instance is located in Europe then use

Request Parameter




Set to “client_credentials”



The OneLogin generated Client ID for your OpenID Connect app.

Required if Token Endpoint Authentication method is set to POST.



The OneLogin generated Client Secret for your OpenID Connect app.

Required if Token Endpoint Authentication method is set to POST.

Sample Request Body


Sample Response

    "access_token": "eyJhbGciOiJSUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCIsImtpZCI6IkpSY080bnhzNWpnYzhZZE43STJoTE80Vl9xbDFiZG9pTVhtY1lnSG00SHMifQ.eyJqdGkiOiJ1N2FTRDgyNFdrSnd0d3ZuZzZObWYiLCJpc3MiOiJodHRwczovL29wZW5pZC1jb25uZWN0Lm9uZWxvZ2luLmNvbS9vaWRjIiwiaWF0IjoxNTM0ODExODI2LCJleHAiOjE1MzQ4MTI0MjYsImF1ZCI6IjlhNmQ2MzUwLTJhZjgtMDEzNi0xOTdiLTA2YWNjNzZkMzRiNDkyOTIwIn0.VtybpMirTTrRGiYsJfX-yIjVkqkuyc1gj7pbim0ecOde3ku75Zvyh42nxkKdxxzBuMvWZpulpiaFru6ZAnd6MxZj9VyKmqZ3xFhBr0GRKzScRJjnX2_cAHCJtr7AqwxolaGsu4iZUolOrTdhX1BU3skLvNYE05TdeEITUsilEPL0ew5VV8MzYFQkY7Grr47MxpwEUv7yT6C3pz87Bgg5_7zFPHpLLeCRC8bhMK0rRe9uyK9ExQKIkLlf5Hyh1gfWqrTYwgXfIQt1Ba7IiAMAQvN60VTDbSxLBl0_x-vE-ezVfyHkN4d6owF37wOruoLsZ8c1braUNOWY00xkPwxxTQ",
    "expires_in": 600,
    "token_type": "Bearer"

The grant_type MUST be set to client_credentials

    "error": "unsupported_grant_type",
    "error_description": "unsupported grant_type requested (xxxx)"

The authorization header is invalid

    "error": "invalid_request",
    "error_description": "invalid authorization header value format"

Invalid client_id or client_secret

    "error": "invalid_client",
    "error_description": "client authentication failed"

Response Elements


A JWT that represents the session that has just been created for the user.

For example the body of the JWT contains:

  "jti": "s0r5Z9z6LTJPs2xP2sipi",
  "iss": "",
  "iat": 1534812736,
  "exp": 1534813336,
  "aud": "9a6d6350-2af8-0136-197b-06acc76d34b492920"
expires_in The number of seconds until the session expires.
token_type The type of access token. Always set to “Bearer”

Sample Code


Replace sample values indicated by < > with your actual values.

curl -XPOST "https://<region>" \
-H "Authorization: Basic <base64 encoded client_id:client_secret>" \
-H "Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded" \
-d "grant_type=client_credentials"

Postman Collection

Replace sample variables indicated by {{ }} with your actual values.

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