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Methods of Authentication

Platform API

You can authenticate in two ways:

  • Browser-based authentication: Use browser-based authentication if you are providing an interactive web-based login form for users other than yourself.
  • Programmatic authentication: Use programmatic authentication if you are accessing OpenX protected resources with your own credentials only and do not plan on providing a web-based login form for other users.

Technical Differences

The following sections show the differences between browser-based and programmatic authentication.

URL Differences


Callback URL Difference

Your applications’ callback URLoob (out of band)

Does not require that you persist the access token in a cookie. When the user has completed the session, the access token is released.Requires that you persist the access token in a cookie named openx3\_access\_token until the session is complete.