Authentication and Access to Data
  • 29 Mar 2024
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A brief summary of how authentication credentials are passed in the HTTP header (whether the request is through a browser or an application), and the format for passing Webtrends credentials.

HTTP Basic Authentication
The Webtrends Data Extraction API uses HTTP basic authentication. All methods require authentication.

In a browser, authentication works like this:

  1. You compose the URI, beginning with http://.
  2. The browser presents a user name and password dialog.
    Note: There are no parameters for user name or password.
  3. You provide your Webtrends credentials in the format username and password.
  4. The browser places the credentials in the HTTP header and resubmits the request.

In platforms such as .NET Winforms, you use application tools and frameworks to assemble the header with the credentials and resubmit the request.

Implementation of SSL is HIGHLY recommended. Follow the instructions here.

Templates and Access to Report Data
Only the reports that you have access to via a template are listed. If you need a report that is not listed, add it to one of your available templates.

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