Cannot refresh token with node.js SDK - 401 access denied


I use auth0@2.17.1 on node v10.15.3. I am able to acquire access and refresh tokens using the user credentials, as follows…

const client = new auth0.AuthenticationClient({
    domain: process.env.AUTH0_DOMAIN,
    clientId: process.env.AUTH0_CLIENT_ID,
    clientSecret: process.env.AUTH0_CLIENT_SECRET

const userData = await client.oauth.passwordGrant({
      username: 'xxx',
      password: 'xxx',
      scope: 'offline_access',
      realm: 'xxx'

So far so good. Then I need to refresh the acquired access token. So I do the following…

await auth0Client.refreshToken({
      refresh_token: userData.refresh_token,
      grant_type: 'refresh_token'

This last call returns 401 “access denied” with the following message:


What am I doing wrong? Your help is much appreciated.

Hey there @d.michalakos and welcome to the Auth0 Community!

I apologize for the delay in response but I would be happy to help. What I would like to do is to get a HAR file capture of the access denied workflow paired with the tenant name and direct message it over to me. From there we can dissect what is going on. Please be sure to select “Preserve log” to catch redirects and scrub the file of user passwords before passing, thanks!

Hi @James.Morrison,

This issue is not relevant anymore as we decided to use a different approach. Feel free to archive the topic.

Thanks for offering to help.

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No problem. Please let us know if we can help in the future with any respective hurdles!

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