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Getting an Application token

An Application token is a general-use OAuth token that represents both the application authentication and authorization for the calls made to the interfaces. The Application token verifies to eBay that the request is coming from a valid application and that the application has the authorization to carry out the requests made to eBay.

With Application tokens, the user has an inherent authorization to make eBay calls. Because of this unique privilege, eBay performs a special vetting process on the accounts that request the use of an Application token.

The following flow diagram outlines the process for requesting an Application token:

Flow for generating an Application token.
Flow for generating an Application token

The steps to get an Application token can be summarized as follows:

  1. Gather all the values you need to complete the process.
  2. Send eBay a request for the access token.
  3. Update the access token when it expires.

If you're familiar with the concepts needed to complete these steps, then skip over to the Quick reference for Application tokens for a summary on how to get your Application token. On the other hand, if this is your first time generating tokens, then please read through the following sections.