Authorize user


Authorize a user by sending them through the Box website and request their permission to act on their behalf.

This is the first step when authenticating a user using OAuth 2.0. To request a user's authorization to use the Box APIs on their behalf you will need to send a user to the URL with this format.



Query Parameters

stringin queryrequired

The Client ID of the application that is requesting to authenticate the user. To get the Client ID for your application, log in to your Box developer console and click the Edit Application link for the application you're working with. In the OAuth 2.0 Parameters section of the configuration page, find the item labelled client_id. The text of that item is your application's Client ID.

string (url)in queryoptional

The URI to which Box redirects the browser after the user has granted or denied the application permission. This URI match one of the redirect URIs in the configuration of your application. It must be a valid HTTPS URI and it needs to be able to handle the redirection to complete the next step in the OAuth 2.0 flow. Although this parameter is optional, it must be a part of the authorization URL if you configured multiple redirect URIs for the application in the developer console. A missing parameter causes a redirect_uri_missing error after the user grants application access.

string (token)in queryrequired

The type of response we'd like to receive.

Value is always code

stringin queryoptional

A space-separated list of application scopes you'd like to authenticate the user for. This defaults to all the scopes configured for the application in its configuration page.

stringin queryoptional

A custom string of your choice. Box will pass the same string to the redirect URL when authentication is complete. This parameter can be used to identify a user on redirect, as well as protect against hijacked sessions and other exploits.



Does not return any data, but rather should be used in the browser.


Does not return any data, but rather should be used in the browser.

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Request Example

curl -i -X GET ""
TypeScript Gen
const {
} = require('box-typescript-sdk-gen/lib/box/oauth.generated.js');

const config = new OAuthConfig({
  clientId: 'OAUTH_CLIENT_ID',
  clientSecret: 'OAUTH_CLIENT_SECRET',
const oauth = new BoxOAuth({ config: config });

// the URL to redirect the user to
var authorize_url = oauth.getAuthorizeUrl();
Python Gen
from box_sdk_gen import BoxOAuth, OAuthConfig

auth = BoxOAuth(
    OAuthConfig(client_id="YOUR_CLIENT_ID", client_secret="YOUR_CLIENT_SECRET")
auth_url = auth.get_authorize_url()
.NET Gen (Beta)
using Box.Sdk.Gen;

var config = new OAuthConfig(clientId: "YOUR_CLIENT_ID", clientSecret: "YOUR_CLIENT_SECRET");
var auth = new BoxOAuth(config: config);

// the URL to redirect the user to
var authorizeUrl = auth.GetAuthorizeUrl();
from boxsdk import OAuth2

oauth = OAuth2(

auth_url, csrf_token = oauth.get_authorization_url('http://YOUR_REDIRECT_URL')

# Redirect user to auth_url, where they will enter their Box credentials
var BoxSDK = require('box-node-sdk');
var sdk = new BoxSDK({
	clientID: 'YOUR-CLIENT-ID',
	clientSecret: 'YOUR-CLIENT_SECRET'

// the URL to redirect the user to
var authorize_url = sdk.getAuthorizeURL({
	response_type: 'code'
import BoxSDK

let sdk = BoxSDK(clientId: "YOUR CLIENT ID HERE", clientSecret: "YOUR CLIENT SECRET HERE")
sdk.getOAuth2Client() { result in
    switch result {
    case let .success(client):
        // Use client to make API calls
    case let .failure(error):
        // Handle error creating client