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Client API Keys

In situations where authorized access to Trivial's API is required for an indefinite amount of time, you can utilize a client API key in your requests. Client API keys are not tied to a specific user or app, and have access to all available apps.

This walkthrough demonstrates how to generate and use a long-lived API key over Trivial's API.


Client Keys only suitable in server:server connections, and should not be used in the UI. Client Keys provide unscoped access to the API, overriding user and organization authorization schemes.

Generating Client Keys

To generate a client key,

Step 1) Create a client secret and copy to your clipboard:

openssl rand -hex 32 | pbcopy

Then, set the CLIENT_SECRET environment variable to the value of the secret you just generated:

# .env
CLIENT_SECRET=8d105ffc... # paste your secret here

Step 2) Now that your CLIENT_SECRET is set, still on the command line, run the following from inside of the trivial-api directory to get the Ruby on Rails console started:

bundle exec rails c

Now, using the Rails console, store a new client key inside a key variable:

key = ApiKeys.issue_client_key!

An example response from the console will look like:

. . .

You can print the entire object by simply typing key into the console:


Step 4) Now that we have a key, we need to save the key_id to allow access with it, separating multiple clients with a comma:

CLIENT_SECRET=8d105ffc... # Already set during Step 1
CLIENT_KEYS=xxx, another-key # key_id from key

After restarting your local server, your local instance will now accept the token for authorization.


The generated key_id is encrypted into key_access_token, and they are only available in the result of the call. If the id or key is lost, it is unrecoverable.

Using Client Keys

In your client, you can now use the access token in an API call as a Bearer token. Assuming the API is running on port 3000:

const data = await fetch('http://localhost:3000/apps', {
headers: {
    'Content-Type': 'application/json',
    Authorization: `Bearer yyy` // key_access_token from key
.then(response => response.json())

// data: [
//  {
//    "id": 1,
//    "user_id": 1,
//    "name": "ba6811fb3e073d"...

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