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  • Rui Barbosa

    What does this mean?

    If your current developer account has both access to the administrator console and the developer console, you're golden, keep working.

    If you are working for a Box enterprise customer they  can request a sandbox, which is an isolated Box environment, to proceed with your coding.

    For details about the sandbox, take a look at this support note.

    If you do not have access to a Box enterprise account, you can still use the free account but you will be limited to OAuth2 authentication applications. Of Course you can always generate a developer token.

    For most use cases, this will be sufficient, and you'll be able to work with most of the API endpoints, that deal with:

    • Read and write files
    • Manage users and groups
    • Manage webhooks
    • Make API calls with the as-user header
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  • Rui Barbosa

    What are the steps?

    Create a Box free individual account, no credit card required.

    Complete the registration process

    Make sure you are logged in, and at this point you won't see the developer console on your browser.

    Navigate to, and you now have access to the developer console.

    Create an application, and select "custom app".

    Click next, and then select "User Authentication (OAuth 2.0)"

    Click next, scroll down to Redirect URI's and add your callback URI.

    Scroll down to Applications scopes and select what you need.

    Save the changes.

    If you go back to your account, you will now see the developer console menu icon.

    You're done!

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  • Rui Barbosa

    As a bonus, we've created a sample template app using python that can get you started right away.

    Check out this GitHub repo.

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