Enable API Access to Authorization Extension

Once configured and set up, your extension should contain users, as well as groups, roles, and permissions. You can automate provisioning and query the authorization context of your users in real-time if you enable API access to your extension.

Enable API access

  1. Go to Auth0 Dashboard > Extensions > Auth0 Authorization.

  2. To get to API section, select your Auth0 tenant name on the top right of the Authorization Dashboard, then select API.

    Dashboard - Extensions - Authorization Extensions Dashboard - Select API

  3. On the Settings page, enable the API Access switch.

    Dashboard - Extensions - Authorization Extensions Dashboard - Enable API Access

  4. Once API Access is enabled, you'll be able to see or control (within the extension) some of the parameters of the tokens issued by the API. You can control the time to expiration of the token, as well as view the token's audience, issuer, and URL to access the API.

    Dashboard - Extensions - Authorization Extensions Dashboard - API Access Enabled

Access extension API

When you enabled API access to the extension, Auth0 automatically created an API for your use in the Auth0 Dashboard. To access the API, you'll need to create a Machine to Machine Application, which is the entity that interacts with the API itself.

Create applications

  1. Navigate to Auth0 Dashboard > Applications > Applications, and select Create Application. Name your new Application, and choose the Machine to Machine Application type. Select Create to proceed. You'll be redirected to the Quick Start page of the Application, where you can customize the living documentation based on the API with which you'll use the Application. Select the API that Auth0 created for your extension (it should be called auth0-authorization-extension-api or similar). Since this is the first time you're working with the API and Application together, you'll see a message that says, "This application is not authorized for this API." To authorize the application for use with the API, select Navigate to the API and Authorize.

    Dashboard - Authorization Extensions - Client Quick Start

  2. You'll see a list of Machine to Machine Applications you can use with your API. Enable the switch next to the Application you just created to authorize it.

    Dashboard - Authorization Extension - Clients for API

    Once you've authorized the Application, you'll see the Grant ID. You can also select the Scopes to be granted to the Application. The scopes you grant depends on the endpoints you want to access. For example, you'd grant read:users to get all users.

  3. If you make any changes to the scopes, select Update to save.

    Dashboard - Authorization Extension Dashboard - Client Scopes

Get access token

To access the API, you'll need to ask for and obtain the appropriate token.

Call the API

You can call the API via:

  • An HTML request

  • A cURL command

You can also find detailed information about the endpoints, as well as samples on how to call each endpoint using the three methods above, in the Authorization Extension API Explorer.

You can also refer to the API Explorer, which documents everything you can do via command line once you've enabled access to your extension via API.

Select the Explorer page for the API documentation.

Authorization Extension API Explorer

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