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Will enabling API Tokens immediately disable basic authentication?

Kevin Chen July 16, 2018

We're following the documentation above.  When we create an api token, will basic authentication with password be immediately disabled?  My company needs basic authentication to work or else we're scrambling with repairing a bunch of automation we have set up.

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Claudiu Lionte
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July 17, 2018

Hi Kevin, welcome to the Atlassian Community.

Think about these API tokens as additional (alternative) passwords for an account. The Curl example in that documentation also includes the username but replaces the password with the token. When you enable one token, you can continue to authenticate with your main password.

As a best-practice advice, we do not recommend to have automation running with your main password. In fact, you can create as many API tokens as you want, and we recommend that you use one for every automation. This way, you can have a very granular control, as you can give names to the tokens and revoke each one whenever you want.


Kevin Chen July 17, 2018

Thank you.  Will be working on this.


Will enable the token first and change the setup.  If everything works, we're a-ok.

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