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Almost all Coveo Cloud V2 platform REST API operations require authentication. In most cases, you can authenticate a call using either an OAuth2 access token (see Getting Your Coveo Cloud V2 Platform Access Token) or an API key with the required privileges.

You can use the Create a new api key for this organization operation to create an API key with certain privileges in a specific Coveo Cloud V2 organization

Ensure that:

  • You replace {organizationId} in the path by the actual ID of the target Coveo Cloud V2 organization (see Getting the organizationId).
  • You replace MyOAuth2Token in the Authorization header by an access token that grants you the privilege to edit API keys in the target organization (see Getting Your Coveo Cloud V2 Platform Access Token and Getting the Privileges of an Access Token).


    It is not possible to authenticate this call using an API key, since an API key cannot have the privilege to edit or view other API keys.

  • You set the enabled property to true  in the request body when you want the new API key to work right away. 

  • You specify a valid owner, targetDomain, and possibly a type for each privilege you want to grant the API key (see Getting the Privileges You Can Assign to an API Key and Valid owner, targetDomain, and Type Value Combinations for Privileges).

    Best practice:

    Although optional, you should also specify an adequate displayName, summarizing the API key purpose, and a description, indicating when, for who, and for what purpose you are creating the API key. This information will greatly help whoever manages API keys for this organization.

The body of a successful response contains information about the API key you just created.

  • You can use the id property to later edit or delete the API key. You can always get this value back once the API key has been created (see Getting the apiKeyId).
  • The value property contains the API key itself.


    The API key creation call response body is your unique occasion to get the API key value. It is not possible to get it again.

    If you fail to get the value,  delete the unused lost key, and create another one (see Deleting an API Key).

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