Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Using Box.com Programmaticly - Part 2

Also see: Part 1 post on Using Box.com and Troubleshooting Box.com programmatic access.

Overview:  The last post outlines programmatic access box.  This post shall do the same but use the JWT approach that does not expire the access token.

  1. Setup the JWT
  2. Retrieve the config.json file
  3. Program out access as shown below using the .NET SDK for Box.com:
        private static BoxClient GetAuthenticatedClient()
                IBoxConfig config = null;
                using (FileStream fs = new FileStream(ConfigSettings.ConfigFilePath, FileMode.Open))
                    config = BoxConfig.CreateFromJsonFile(fs);
                var jwt = new BoxJWTAuth(config);
                var userToken = jwt.UserToken(ConfigSettings.UserId);
                return jwt.UserClient(userToken, ConfigSettings.UserId);
            catch (Exception ex)
                Utilities.WriteLog("GetAuthenticatedClient", ex.Message, ex.StackTrace);
            return null;

var fr = new BoxFolderRequest                {
            Name = FolderName,
            Description = "Created through code",
            Parent = new BoxRequestEntity { Id = "6665556661"}

            };   // Specify the new folder details
BoxClient = GetAuthenticatedClient();
var folder = BoxClient.FoldersManager.CreateAsync(fr, null).Result;  // Create a new folder

Alternatively create the JWT by hand and don't use the SDK's:

Simple C# SDK example using a JWT

The below image outlines the Developer console settings I used to get Box.com SDK working for C#

Tip:  Ensure the App has been shared with the folder you are working on, unless your app has enterprise rights, then it's work anyway.

To see the email adress of the app, you can use the following URL: https://paulbeck.app.box.com/app-api/enduserapp/contacts


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