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We are deprecating authentication via CDF service accounts and API keys, and user sign-in via /login, in favor of registering applications and services with your IdP (identity provider) and using OpenID Connect and the IdP framework to manage CDF access securely. We strongly encourage customers to adopt the new authentication flows as soon as possible.

Authentication is the process of validating claims of identity, and is the first half of establishing whether a user is indeed a user, and what they should have access to in Cognite Data Fusion.

Requests to Cognite Data Fusion are authenticated as submitted by a user with one of two mechanisms:

Once an API key or token is validated and the associated Cognite Data Fusion user is determined, then Authorization takes place. You can not exchange one authentication type for another (use an API key to obtain a token, for example). Tokens are the preferred authentication mechanism.

API keys

An API key is a secret that can be attached to a request sent to Cognite Data Fusion to authorize access on behalf of a Cognite Data Fusion service account. This key is not stored directly in a Cognite Data Fusion database, and cannot be displayed once created with the create API Keys call.

Adding a header with the API-key as follows will allow an request to be authenticated:

$ curl -X GET \
'' \
-H 'Accept: application/json' \
-H 'api-key: VF34gvwsxGT4w32gfdvsvrwwvMInyr58ZV43HNsaef34Ofdd'


When a user logs in through a web browser, they are sent to the Identity Provider (IdP) configured for the project (an OAuth2 provider, almost always Azure AD or Google) using an authorization code grant flow (see external application integration.)

The tokens can be used in a similarly to the API key:

$ curl -X GET \
curl -X GET \
'' \
-H 'Accept: application/json' \
-H 'Authorization: Bearer ewogICJhbGciOiAiUlMyNTYiLAogICJ0eXAiOiAiSldUIgp9.eyJzdWIiOiIxMjM0NTY3ODkwIiwibmFtZSI6IkpvaG4gRG9lIiwiYWRtaW4iOnRydWUsImlhdCI6MTUxNjIzOTAyMn0.TCYt5XsITJX1CxPCT8yAV-TVkIEq_PbChOMqsLfRoPsnsgw5WEuts01mq-pQy7UJiN5mgRxD-WUcX16dUEMGlv50aqzpqh4Qktb3rk-BuQy72IFLOqV0G_zS245-kronKb78cPN25DGlcTwLtjPAYuNzVBAh4vGHSrQyHUdBBPM'

Logging in

The concept of a user logging in is only relevant for cookie based authentication. The process of obtaining a token and cookie is logging in, but the state held in the back-end based on the cookie for the user is minimal.

Logging out

To invalidate a cookie session, a request to the /logout endpoint can be made.