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how to login jira cloud with(python) rest api without importing jira module ?

what type of authentication(format) are to be used to login jira cloud 

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Andy Heinzer Atlassian Team Jun 18, 2020

Hi everyone,

I wanted to update this thread as some things have changed.  While you can still use Basic Auth for Jira Cloud REST API, the use of passwords and cookie based auth no longer works. More details in Deprecation notice - Basic authentication with passwords and cookie-based authentication.

Please check out our guide in Basic auth for REST APIs.  It explains in detail that after you have created your Cloud API token, that you then need to build a string in the format of and then base64 encode that string.  You can then pass that encoded string as part of an authorization header for your REST API requests.

Once you have that setup, I'd recommend checking out the Jira Cloud REST API Reference for the endpoint you want to call.  The Cloud version of this document has examples in various language syntax such as python, Java, PHP, Node.js, and cURL.

# This code sample uses the 'requests' library: 

import requests
from requests.auth
import json

url = "/rest/api/3/myself"

headers = {
"Authorization": "Basic [encodedstring]",
"Accept": "application/json"

response = requests.request( "GET", url, headers=headers )

print(json.dumps(json.loads(response.text), sort_keys=True, indent=4, separators=(",", ": ")))

This should work to make basic auth requests in Jira Cloud from Python.

I hope this helps.


just a question, do we need to use "GET" or "POST" ?

Hey @Andy Heinzer , even i have used that code, I got basic authentication error.

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It is basic authentication, but instead of the password you pass API token:

hi alexey,

i have already tried this code with token  but getting status 200 and html format code is appearing..


import requests
headers = {"content_type":"application/json"},data=body,headers=headers)

requests is not defined. How to solve this?

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