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Is it possible to get an authentication token through OAuth 2.0 using an app password?

I am trying to let users of my application post issues directly to a repository. To do this, I have set up an account for the application that also has access to the repository. Before creating an issue we need to get an authentication token as per this article. I am looking to use the OAuth2.0 Password grant type and the password I wish to use is my app password as opposed to my actual password. This is because with the app password I can manage the scope of access that the password has and if it were to get exposed it does not pose a major security risk. 


Is this at all possible or should I be going about this in another way altogether?  

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Caroline R Atlassian Team Jan 06, 2022

Hi, @argentum47

Thank you for reaching out to Atlassian Community!

When creating an OAuth, you shouldn’t inform your password or an app password, so I would like to clarify where you are using a password. In case you would like to read the process to create an OAuth, you can access the following link:

What you could do is use an App password to authenticate this request instead of an OAuth.

Please feel free to correct me in case I have misunderstood something here.

Kind regards,

Hi, @Caroline R 


As per the link you sent, I'm using one of the four RFC-6749 grant flows, specifically the password grant type. I'm realizing now that If I'm to use the app password, I can't use it to get the OAuth token but I should be using basic authentication instead.


Thank you for the assistance!

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Vishwas Rising Star Jan 06, 2022

Hi @argentum47 

I believe the purpose of creating Oauth2.0 token is to use this as password instead of actual password in other applications so that it reduces to login over and again.



Hi @Vishwas ,


I realize now that using the App Password and Basic authentication is what I need to do.  Using an Oauth2.0 token wouldn't work for my use case as it expires. 


Thank you for your insight!

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