The Node-RED admin API is secured using the adminAuth property in your settings.js file. The security section describes how that property should be configured.

If that property is not set (nor the deprecated httpAdminAuth property), the Node-RED admin API is accessible to anyone with network access to Node-RED.

Step 0 - Check the authentication scheme

An HTTP GET to /auth/login returns the active authentication scheme.

curl example:
curl http://localhost:1880/auth/login

In the current version of the API, there are two possible results:

No active authentication

All API requests can be made without providing any further authentication information.

Credential based authentication
  "type": "credentials",
  "prompts": [
      "id": "username",
      "type": "text",
      "label": "Username"
      "id": "password",
      "type": "password",
      "label": "Password"

The API is secured by access token.

Step 1 - Obtain an access token

An HTTP POST to /auth/token is used to exchange user credentials for an access token.

The following parameters must be provided:

  • client_id - identifies the client. Currently, must be either node-red-admin or node-red-editor.
  • grant_type - must be password
  • scope - a space-separated list of permissions being requested. Currently, must be either * or read.
  • username - the username to authenticate
  • password - the password to authenticate
curl example:
curl http://localhost:1880/auth/token --data 'client_id=node-red-admin&grant_type=password&scope=*&username=admin&password=password'

If successful, the response will contain the access token:

  "access_token": "A_SECRET_TOKEN",
  "token_type": "Bearer"

Step 2 - Using the access token

All subsequent API calls should then provide this token in the Authorization header.

curl example:
curl -H "Authorization: Bearer A_SECRET_TOKEN" http://localhost:1880/settings

Revoking the token

To revoke the token when it is no longer required, it should be sent in an HTTP POST to /auth/revoke:

curl example:
curl --data 'token=A_SECRET_TOKEN' -H "Authorization: Bearer A_SECRET_TOKEN" http://localhost:1880/auth/revoke