API Keys

An API key is an authentication credential that can be used with the Files.com API and SDKs. This API (and our SDKs) can be used for integrating Files.com with your own applications, as well as other applications via our Zapier integration. API keys are independent from one another, and are easily disposable. By generating unique API keys for each of your applications or servers, you can easily revoke them if needed without disrupting your other integrations.

Files.com supports two types of API keys: Site-wide keys and User keys. Site-wide keys provide full access to the entire API, while user keys will provide access based on the permissions of the associated user. For example, the key of an administrator will provide full access to the entire API, while the key of a non-administrator will only provide access to files that the user can access, and no access to site administration functions in the API.

Actions performed by an API key will be recorded in logs as if they were performed by their associated user.

We strongly recommend associating all API keys with a non-admin user account if at all possible. Site-wide keys or keys associated with a Site Admin's user account will be able to perform any function on the site, including things like deleting all files, or deleting all users.

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