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A Developer Token can be potentially used to access your sensitive CDL data. It it your responsibility to take the necessary precautions to keep it safe, private and secure.

It it not recommended to set the expiration to "Never."


Developer Tokens is an authentication mechanism that enables developers to quickly get started by offloading the OAuth 2.0 authorization code grant flow to API Explorer.


What exactly is a Developer Token anyway? In a nutshell, a Developer Token is used to authenticate with API Explorer’s built-in token redemption service. It’s intended to eliminate the need to acquire and store a client_id, client_secret and refresh_token in your own credentials store, which could be risky without implementing the proper security best practices.

Generating a Developer Token#


The following guide assumes the existence of an authorized API Explorer instance. For details, see the authorization guide.

  1. Click the key icon corresponding with your authorized instance.
Generate Developer Token Button
  1. Review the NOTICE and select an appropriate expiration for your Developer Token.
  2. Click the Generate button to generate your Developer Token. Note that it will only be displayed once, so be sure to copy and keep it safe.
Developer Token

Using a Developer Token#


The following snippet will return an access_token that can be used to send authenticated requests to the Cortex Data Lake API.

export PAN_DEVELOPER_TOKEN=<your_developer_token>
curl -H "Authorization: Bearer $PAN_DEVELOPER_TOKEN" -X POST

For examples on how to programmatically use a Developer Token see the Cortex Data Lake Quickstart guide.