I’m trying to create authenticate into the Letterboxd API using R and the httr package. The Letterboxd docs give instructions, but I am not sure how to put everything together into a URL.
I know the url is:
url <- "https://api.letterboxd.com/api/v0/auth/token"
And then they want my username and password, presumably as JSON, but what I’ll write as a named list since I’m doing this in R:
login_info <- list( grant_type = "password", username = "email@example.com", password = "extremelysecurepassword" )
I’ve tried various calls, using
oauth_endpoint() functions from the httr package.
I feel like I have all the necessary information and am circling around a solution, but I can’t quite nail it.
The docs contain this information:
When generating or refreshing an access token, make a form request to the /auth/token endpoint with Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded and Accept: application/json headers
(Full text is linked to above)
And I’m not sure how to add that information; in working with APIs through R, I’m used to just sending URLs with UTM parameters, but the inputs they want don’t work here using
I’m aware of this related post, but it looks like it relies on having a secret token already. And I don’t seem to be able to generate a secret token inside of the GUI of Letterboxd.com, which is again what I’m used to doing with authentication. I think I need to feed it those sources of information above in
login_info to the
url, but I don’t quite know how to connect the dots.
How do I authenticate to the Letterboxd API using R?
You have to pass the parameters as
query, as explained in the httr quickstart:
token <- GET("https://www.targetvalidation.org/api/latest/public/auth/request_token", query=list(app_name = app_name, secret = secret) )