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How we can get a refresh token with rest api ?

Bitbucket token is short living and expires soon. how can i get a refresh token with rest api ? 

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Deleted user Dec 04, 2018

In your browser go to{client_id}&response_type=code

Authorize under your bitbucket account.

After that, your browser will be redirected to 


Use the code to make another request in a terminal:

curl -X POST -u "{client_id:secret}" -d grant_type=authorization_code -d code={code}

The reponse will be look like that:
"access_token": "some_long_string",
"scopes": "team webhook account issue wiki pipeline pullrequest project snippet",
"expires_in": 7200,
"refresh_token": "the_string_you_need",
"token_type": "bearer"

Now you can refresh access_token with request

curl -X POST -u "{client_id}:{secret}" -d grant_type=refresh_token -d refresh_token={refresh_token}

Sorry if this sounds stupid but what is client_id?

Deleted user Feb 18, 2019

I order to use bitbucker api you need to generate a client_id (also known as a key) and a secret. You can do this in your settings page in OAuth section.

How can we do this all in curl. I tied it and it fails. I do not want to use the browser. I need automation to refresh my token.

I have had 5 people try this and there is no output at all.

curl -o C:/tmp/refreshTokenCode.txt -X GET{MY CLIENT ID}&response_type=code

No output from curl

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 curl -X POST -u "client_id:secret" \ \
  -d grant_type=refresh_token -d refresh_token={refresh_token}


Also, it will be nice if you provide pull request regarding that in this small routine reducer project. (



Gonchik Tsymzhitov

I don't think the answer explained how to get the {refresh_token} itself

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