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Comment: token expiration info


GET/REST API static documentation page

Login to the REST API using a DSpace EPerson (user). It returns a token, that can be used for future authenticated requests (as a value of the rest-dspace-token request header).

Example Request:

curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" --data '{"email":"", "password":"dspace"}' http://localhost:8080/rest/login

Example Response:


Invalid email/password combinations will receive an HTTP 403 Forbidden.

The extended tokens are generated and stored in memory, not in the database or on disk. There are no timeouts for these tokens. This means that tokens remain valid as long as DSpace is not restarted. A restart of DSpace will invalidate all extended tokens.

If applications re-use a token over multiple calls, especially if they are spread over a potentially longer time window, it is highly recommended that the /status endpoint is called to guarantee that a specific token is still valid. 

Applications that consume the DSpace REST API have no way of telling when DSpace has been restarted.

In the DSpace logs, calls with invalid tokens can often look like anonymous requests being made.


Logout from the REST API, by providing a header rest-dspace-token. After being posted this token will no longer work.

Example Request:

curl -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" -H "rest-dspace-token: 1febef81-5eb6-4e76-a0ea-a5be245563a5" http://localhost:8080/rest/logout

Invalid token will result in HTTP 400 Invalid Request


Returns string "REST api is running", for testing that the API is up.

Example Request:

curl http://localhost:8080/rest/test

Example Response:

REST api is running.


Receive information about the currently authenticated user token.

Example Request:

curl -X GET -H "Content-Type: application/json" -H "Accept: application/json" -H "rest-dspace-token: f2f478e2-90f2-4e77-a757-4e838ae94154" http://localhost:8080/rest/status

Example Response:
{"okay":true,"authenticated":true,"email":"","fullname":"DSpace Administrator","token":"f2f478e2-90f2-4e77-a757-4e838ae94154"}