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Hi Community,


we´re building simple Python scripts for JIRA using the REST API with Basic auth (this way is ok for us, no need for Oauth at the moment).

For building the correct codes we´re using SOAP UI before we implement it in our scripts.


When we start execution, for example GET on we see an error 401 Unauthorized (401). After some tries we get an error 403 and CAPTCHA is active for this user .

So it´s seems that data was correct and the username can be extracted from base64 encoded string by JIRA (base64 string is username:password).

In the past this way worked fine.


The same credentials (base64) work perfect in Confluence with REST API, so it seems to be a problem on JIRA side. In the backend both systems use Crowd with the same user directory (LDAP).

We´re using JIRA 8.6.1 with reverse proxy and activated SSL.




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Thomas Deiler Community Leader Feb 07, 2020

Dear @BayWa IT Workplace Atlassian ,

The documentation says: 403: Returned if the current user is not an administrator.

Do you have the proper permissions for your calling user?

So long


Hi Thomas,


thank you for your answer, first we see an error 401,2020-02-11_07h26_02.png

The used basic auth base64 string ist correct.

The 403 is shown after some tries when CAPTCHA is enabled.

User login data is correct, we use the same for Confluence basic logins (same Crowd directory). All users have full admin rights in JIRA, so it can´t be a permission problem.




Thomas Deiler Community Leader Feb 12, 2020

Have you set all headers like described in the API and tutorials?

@Thomas Deiler I tried it once again (I imported the WADL too)


This call won´t work (error 401) 



This call works, I used the same authorization credentials for both calls.



My user has full admin rights in JIRA and all projects.




Thomas Deiler Community Leader Feb 13, 2020

Dear @BayWa IT Workplace Atlassian ,

have you tried to use "curl" to verify if if it works in general? Or take a rest client that is offered as a extension for browsers.

So long


Hi @Thomas Deiler ,


with curl based on this example it works.

curl \
   -D- \
   -u charlie:charlie \
   -X POST \
   --data {see below} \
   -H "Content-Type: application/json" \

Now I have to try to implement it in Python script.



Thomas Deiler Community Leader Feb 15, 2020

Dear @BayWa IT Workplace Atlassian ,

have you tried this page?

So long


@Thomas Deiler I was able to implement my REST calls in Python too.

My problem is fixed now, thank you for you support!

@BayWa IT Workplace AtlassianI have the same kind of requirement. Python is trying to curl the JIRA ticket from inside the Docker container and receiving following error messages. Look like needs to pass the CAPTCHA or TOKENs

Any help much appreciate on using curl in python


X-Seraph-LoginReason: AUTHENTICATED_FAILED set-cookies JSESSIONID=jira URL

when I login into Jira with that ID and accept the CAPTCHA then got following error.



X-Seraph-LoginReason: AUTHENTICATED_FAILED, www-authenticate OAuth transfer-Encoding chunked  ...

@Omprakash Thamsetty I don´t use curl in python.

I use requests library, that work´s great for me now.

It was the easiest way for me to add JSON data and headers to my REST calls.

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