How To Create An API Key
WHAT is an API Key ?
According to Wikipedia: "An application programming interface key is a unique identifier used to authenticate a user, developer, or calling program to an API. However, they are typically used to authenticate a project with the API rather than a human user. Different platforms may implement and use API keys in different ways."
1. Use the navigation drop-down from the top-right side of the screen.
2. Click on the "Account Settings"
3. "Validate Password"
- Type your password
- Click the "Validate" button
4. Select the "Generate Token" button
5. A new token has been generated, shown as "API Token"... use the drop-down arrow
6. Here are the parts:
- The current Name of the API Token
- The location to re-name the API Token
- The "API Key"
- The expiration date for the API Key - you can set this as needed
- How to "Save" the API Key, once you have customized it
7. You can easily re-name the new API Key
8. You can easily set an Expiration-Date for the API Key
Select the Calendar icon if you want to set a specific Expiration-Date for the API Key...
9. You can select the Year/Month/Day and even time (top left icon) and then click "Save" when finished
- Time select
- Month select
- Year select
- Day select
If you click on the Clock icon (top-left image), you can select the Hour and Minute from the large clock on the right-side of the box.
In this example, the Minutes were changed from 12:23pm (image above) to 12:00pm (image below)... and then the "Save" button was then clicked
10. Once you've customized the expiration-date for the API Key, click on "Save Token"
11. You will see a notification in the top-right of your screen
12. Congratulations! You have successfully created an API Key.
Here are a few more examples of API Keys:
13. If you wanted to set a 48-Hour expiration-date, this is an example of the process...
- You can change the name of the API Key... we'll use "48-Hour Vendor Offer" as an example here...
- You can select the "Expiration Date" - for our example here, we will select the Calendar icon to set a 48-Hour time limit on the API Key...
- You can pick the specific time for the API Key to expire...
- In this example, the API Key "Expiration-Date" gets selected for 2-days ahead...
- Make sure you "Save" your selection(s) when finished...
Once you are satisfied with the selection(s), click the "Save Token" button...
You will get a confirmation notice in the top-right of your screen...