Request a Mobile Authorization Code on the Command Line

Applies to: Mobile Authorization API | Reader SDK

Learn how to request authorization tokens with a command-line tool to initialize Square mobile solutions like the Reader SDK.

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Generate a mobile authorization code

You should generate mobile authorization codes programmatically because they're short lived and cannot be hardcoded or reused. You might, however, need to generate a mobile authorization code manually during development.

To manually generate a mobile authorization code:

  1. Open the Developer Dashboard.
  2. In the left pane, choose Credentials, and then copy your personal access token from the Credentials page.
  3. In the left pane, choose Locations, and then copy an active location ID from the Locations page.
  1. Paste the values into the following cURL command:

    curl \ -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \ -H 'Authorization: Bearer YOUR_PERSONAL_ACCESS_TOKEN' \ -d '{"location_id":"YOUR_LOCATION_ID"}'

    You should get a response that looks like this: { "authorization_code": "YOUR_MOBILE_AUTHORIZATION_CODE", "expires_at": "2018-05-11T02:05:07Z" }
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