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Retrieving a file from bitbucket REST API v2.0 ?

Brad Baker Nov 01, 2018

I have a powershell script which grabs a file from one of our repositories via the REST 1.0 API but I see that's being depreciated and retired soon(ish). 

I'm trying to update my code to grab the file using the 2.0 REST API but having a lot of trouble.

Before trying to write code I'm simply trying to get a curl request to work. I'm using the following: 

curl --user " Setup/test.txt"

Enter host password for user '': redacted

{"type": "error", "error": {"message": "Resource not found", "detail": "There is no API hosted at this URL.\n\nFor information about our API's, please refer to the documentation at:"}}


Why am I getting resource not found? Is download the right API call to download a file or should I be using something else?



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Brad Baker Nov 01, 2018

Actually I just realized that "downloads"  isn't what I want. Instead I needed to use:

curl --user ""

That works with curl but not with powershell's Invoke-RestAPI. I get a forbidden:

$filepath = "myrepo/src/master/path/to/file"

$uri = "$($filepath)"

# Get the files from bitbucket (GIT)
Invoke-RestMethod -Credential $cred -Uri $uri -Proxy $proxyUri -OutFile $destination


Exception : System.Net.WebException: The remote server returned an error: (403) Forbidden.

Brad Baker Feb 26, 2019

Seems the new bit bucket API expects credentials to be send in the request - and Invoke-RestMethod sends them after its prompted to causing an immediate 403 forbidden. The 1.0 api doesn't have this issue for whatever reason. 

The (ugly) solution is:

$cred = Get-Credential

$uri = "$($filepath)"
$username = ($cred.GetNetworkCredential()).username
$password = ($cred.GetNetworkCredential()).password
$base64AuthInfo = [Convert]::ToBase64String([Text.Encoding]::ASCII.GetBytes(("{0}:{1}" -f $username,$password)))

# Get the files from bitbucket (GIT)
Invoke-RestMethod -Headers @{Authorization=$("Basic {0}" -f $base64AuthInfo)} -Uri $uri -Proxy $proxyUri -OutFile $destination
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