Create an Access Token

  • Available in Sandbox
  • Available in Production
  • Available to Advisors
  • Supported

Access tokens are the keys used for API access. These tokens should be protected like passwords! You can obtain an access token by exchanging an authorization code. This call is authenticated using Basic Authentication implemented in HTTP specification. Your application consumer key will serve as your username and the consumer secret the password.

Unlike other requests to the Tradier API, this request only returns JSON due to the OAuth 2.0 specification and for compatibility with most OAuth clients.

Due to the OAuth specification, this API endpoint uses HTTP Basic Authentication. You can learn more about HTTP Basic Authentication on Wikipedia or directly reference the specification.




Header Required Values/Example Default
Content-Type Required application/x-www-form-urlencoded
Authorization Required ANyuWJBNwcQwFZLAKSDJ7248ghX1LFy949v
Basic HTTP Authentication. Username: Application client Id, Password: Application client secret


Parameter Type Param Type Required Values/Example Default
grant_type Form String Required authorization_code
Value MUST be set to "authorization_code".
code Form String Required PRpnf1o7
The authorization code from the authorization step.

Code Example

If you're developing in the sandbox, change the hostname to
curl -X POST "" \
     -H 'Authorization: <TOKEN>' \
     -H 'Accept: application/json' \
     -H 'Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded' \
     -d 'grant_type=authorization_code&code=PRpnf1o7'
// Version 1.8.0_31    
import com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.JsonNode;
import com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.ObjectMapper;
import org.apache.http.HttpEntity;
import org.apache.http.HttpResponse;
import org.apache.http.client.methods.HttpUriRequest;
import org.apache.http.client.methods.RequestBuilder;
import org.apache.http.impl.client.HttpClientBuilder;
import org.apache.http.util.EntityUtils;


public class MainClass {
  public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException {
    final HttpUriRequest request = RequestBuilder
        .addHeader("Authorization", "<TOKEN>")
        .addHeader("Accept", "application/json")
        .addParameter("grant_type", "authorization_code")
        .addParameter("code", "PRpnf1o7")

    final HttpResponse response = HttpClientBuilder.create().build().execute(request);
    final String jsonString = EntityUtils.toString(response.getEntity());
    final JsonNode json = new ObjectMapper().readTree(jsonString);
# Version 2.5.0p0    
require 'uri'
require 'net/http'

url = URI("")

http =, url.port)
http.use_ssl = true

request =
request["Authorization"] = '<TOKEN>'
request["Accept"] = 'application/json'
request["Content-Type"] = 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded'
request.body = "grant_type=authorization_code&code=PRpnf1o7"

response = http.request(request)
puts response.code
puts response.read_body
// Version go1.12      
package main

import (

func main() {
    apiUrl := ""
    data := url.Values{} 
    data.Set("grant_type", "authorization_code") 
    data.Set("code", "PRpnf1o7")

    u, _ := url.ParseRequestURI(apiUrl)
    urlStr := u.String()

    client := &http.Client{}
    r, _ := http.NewRequest("POST", urlStr, strings.NewReader(data.Encode()))
    r.Header.Add("Authorization", "<TOKEN>")
    r.Header.Add("Accept", "application/json")
    r.Header.Add("Content-Type", "application/x-www-form-urlencoded")
    r.Header.Add("Content-Length", strconv.Itoa(len(data.Encode())))

    resp, _ := client.Do(r)
    responseData, err := ioutil.ReadAll(resp.Body)

    if err != nil {

// Version    
using System;
using System.Net;  
using System.IO;
using System.Text;

public class MainClass {
  public static void Main (string[] args) {
    var request = (HttpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create("");
    var requestData = "grant_type=authorization_code&code=PRpnf1o7";
    var data = Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(requestData);
    request.Method = "POST";
    request.Headers["Authorization"] = "<TOKEN>";
    request.Accept = "application/json";
    request.ContentType = "application/x-www-form-urlencoded";
    request.ContentLength = data.Length;

    using (var stream = request.GetRequestStream())
         stream.Write(data, 0, data.Length);

    var response = (HttpWebResponse)request.GetResponse();

    Console.WriteLine (response.StatusCode);
    var responseString = new StreamReader(response.GetResponseStream()).ReadToEnd();
    Console.WriteLine (responseString);
// Version 10.15.2    
const request = require('request');

    method: 'post',
    url: '',
    form: {
       'grant_type': 'authorization_code',
       'code': 'PRpnf1o7'
    headers: {
      'Authorization': '<TOKEN>',
      'Accept': 'application/json'
  }, (error, response, body) => {
# Version 3.6.1    
import requests

response ='',
    data={'grant_type': 'authorization_code', 'code': 'PRpnf1o7'},
    headers={'Authorization': '<TOKEN>', 'Accept': 'application/json'}
json_response = response.json()
// Version 7.2.17-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
$ch = curl_init();

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, '');
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, 'grant_type=authorization_code&code=PRpnf1o7');
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, 1);

$headers = array();
$headers[] = 'Authorization: <TOKEN>';
$headers[] = 'Accept: application/json';
$headers[] = 'Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded';
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, $headers);

$result = curl_exec($ch);
$http_code = curl_getinfo($ch, CURLINFO_HTTP_CODE);
if (curl_errno($ch)) {
    echo 'Error:' . curl_error($ch);
curl_close ($ch);
echo $http_code;
echo $result;


Response Definition

  "access_token": "oG8RUzo33zKy3gghjkGh2au2LEWA8",
  "expires_in": 86399,
  "issued_at": "2014-05-28T09:33:35-04:00",
  "scope": "read write trade market stream",
  "status": "approved"