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Question about token sent to Management API



I am trying to access the Auth0 Management API from my ASP .Net Core 1.1 Web API. According to I can do the following:

var apiClient = new ManagementApiClient("token", new Uri("https://YOUR_AUTH0_DOMAIN/api/v2"));
var allClients = await apiClient.Clients.GetAllAsync();

To get a list of all clients. This requires that I provide a token. Is this token the one that my web API receives from the calling client (in our case a web app and a IONIC2 phone app) when they call the web API? If so, anyone know how I can get that from my web API controller action? Or is this another token I should be getting from elsewhere?

Thank you…


The management API is called from your back-end so you can create the token before you call the API.
In .Net Core, I use something like this to create the client (this uses the Jose.Jwt library via nuget):

private ManagementApiClient GetClient(object scopes)
            return new ManagementApiClient(_jwt.GenerateToken(scopes), new Uri($"https://{_auth0Settings.Domain}/api/v2/"));

Get the JWT token like this:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using Microsoft.Extensions.Options;

namespace App.Auth0
    public class Jwt : IJwt
        private readonly Auth0Settings _auth0Settings;

        public Jwt(IOptions<Auth0Settings> authSettings)
            _auth0Settings = authSettings.Value;

        public string GenerateToken(object scopes)
            var payload = new Dictionary<string, object>
                {"iss", $"https://{_auth0Settings.Domain}" },
                {"aud", _auth0Settings.ManagementApiKey},
                {"sub", Guid.NewGuid().ToString("N")},
                {"jti", Guid.NewGuid().ToString("N")},
                {"iat", ToUnixTime(DateTime.Now).ToString()},
                //{"exp", ToUnixTime(DateTime.Now.AddHours(10)).ToString()}, // This doesnt work
                {"scopes", scopes}

            return Jose.JWT.Encode(payload, Base64UrlDecode(_auth0Settings.ManagementApiGlobalSecret), Jose.JwsAlgorithm.HS256);

        private byte] Base64UrlDecode(string arg)
            string s = arg;
            s = s.Replace('-', '+'); // 62nd char of encoding
            s = s.Replace('_', '/'); // 63rd char of encoding
            switch (s.Length % 4) // Pad with trailing '='s
                case 0: break; // No pad chars in this case
                case 2: s += "=="; break; // Two pad chars
                case 3: s += "="; break; // One pad char
                    throw new System.Exception(
                "Illegal base64url string!");
            return Convert.FromBase64String(s); // Standard base64 decoder

        private long ToUnixTime(DateTime dateTime)
            return (int)(dateTime.ToUniversalTime().Subtract(new DateTime(1970, 1, 1))).TotalSeconds;

Hope this helps