Set up authorization and authentication

We recommend that you use a service account for authentication when you integrate with the Google Spectrum Access System (SAS) Portal API.

Set up a service account

To use a service account for authentication, complete the following steps:

  1. Create a service account.
  2. Create your service account key and select JSON as your key type.

    After you complete this step, your service account key is downloaded to your browser's default location.

  3. Grant the Project Owner role to the service account.

Obtain a bearer token

You need to provide your service account authentication as a bearer token. If you call the SAS Portal API directly, such as by making an HTTP request with curl, you pass your authentication as a bearer token in the Authorization header.

To obtain a bearer token with your service account, follow these steps:

  1. Install the Google Cloud CLI.

  2. In the gcloud CLI, authenticate to your service account:

      gcloud auth activate-service-account --key-file ${KEY_FILE}

    Replace ${KEY_FILE} with the path to your service account key file.

  3. Use your service account to obtain an authorization token:

      gcloud auth print-access-token

    The command returns an access token value.

  4. When you use the API, pass the token value as a bearer token in an Authorization header. The following code sample shows how to pass the token value as a bearer token:

    curl -X GET -H "X-Goog-User-Project: ${CLIENT_PROJECT}" \
     -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
     -H "Authorization: Bearer ${TOKEN}" \

    Replace the following:

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