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What username and password should I use in API calls with Basic Auth?


I am trying to trigger a pipeline using an API call, but I get a 401 error code in response.

My request look like this:

$ curl -X POST -is -u 'USERNAME:PASSWORD' -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -d '{"target": {"ref_type": "branch", "type": "pipeline_ref_target", "ref_name": "master"}}'

For USERNAME and PASSWORD, I use the same credentials I use to login to

Would anyone know what I am doing wrong?

Thanks a lot in advance!

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Neil Atlassian Team May 26, 2020

If you have 2FA (two factor auth) enabled, you cannot use basic authentication. See:

Perhaps that's the issue you're running into.

Hi Neil,

Thanks for the suggestion, but I don't have 2FA enabled...


OK, my fault! I was using the wrong password... I am using the correct password now and everything's working fine. Apologies for the annoyance...

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