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Authenticate http requests from an API key

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Authenticate http requests from an API key.

API keys are codes passed in (in the http header API-KEY) by programs calling an API in order to identify -in this case- the calling program’s user.

Take care while using this kind of mechanism since information into http headers are visible in clear. Thus, use it only to authenticate requests from known sources. For unknown sources, it is a good practice to filter out this header at proxy level.

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The api key menu is available into Settings > Technical in debug mode. By default, when you create an API key, the key is saved into the database. It is also possible to provide the value of this key via the configuration file. This can be very useful to avoid mixing your keys between your various environments when restoring databases. All you have to do is to add a new section to your configuration file according to the following convention:

[api_key_<Record Name>]


To apply this authentication system to your http request you must set ‘api_key’ as value for the ‘auth’ parameter of your route definition into your controller.

class MyController(Controller):

    @route('/my_service', auth='api_key', ...)
    def my_service(self, *args, **kwargs):

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This module is maintained by the OCA.

Odoo Community Association

OCA, or the Odoo Community Association, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the collaborative development of Odoo features and promote its widespread use.

This module is part of the OCA/server-auth project on GitHub.

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