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Working with access tokens

eBay REST APIs (in contrast with XML APIs) are using short-lived (2 hours) OAuth access tokens, which can be renewed without end-user intervention.

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You may obtain OAuth tokens with, for example, omniauth-ebay-oauth gem.

For access token renewal, a special EbayAPI::TokenManager class is included into this gem.

  1. Instantiate it with access and refresh token information, that you have obtained on user sign in via OAuth (not Auth'n'Auth!) and your application's appid and certid.

    require "ebay_api/token_manager"
    token_manager =
      access_token:             account.access_token, # account is your user model instance
      access_token_expires_at:  account.access_token_expires_at,
      refresh_token:            account.refresh_token,
      refresh_token_expires_at: account.refresh_token_expires_at,
      appid:                    "Evil-Martians-PRD-deadbeef-12345f",
      certid:                   "PRD-d32dbe5f1337-1337-457b-3b3f-a379",
  2. Provide its access_token method to the client (token manager will get a new token if needed).

    client =
      token: token_manager.method(:access_token),
      site: 0,
      language: 'en-US',

If you're making a lot of consecutive call to APIs there is a high probability that access token will get expired between calls, and the token manager will ensure that you will always get a fresh token for every call with at least minute of remaining lifespan.

Also, you may wish to retry calls in case if EbayAPI::InvalidAccessToken error is raised: token might not be refreshed in time due to timing issues (clock drift, etc.)

Experimenting with API

For experimenting purposes, a bin/console script is provided.

You can work on behalf of different users by creating a YAML file with access and refresh tokens and your application credentials.

Example of file with user tokens: seller-1.yml

access_token: v^1.1#verylotofbase64datayeahthisisaccesstoken
access_token_expires_at: '2017-11-17T20:55:40+03:00'
refresh_token: v^1.1#notsolongtoken
refresh_token_expires_at: '2019-05-19T03:48:03Z'
appid: Evil-Martians-PRD-3000be115-88888888
certid: PRD-deadbeef69b0d-1337-4578-1379-3b3f
site: 0
language: en-US

Then you can launch a console with a path to a file:

bin/console seller-1.yml

In the console, client variable will contain API client configured with seller-1's credentials.

When the access token expires, it will be refreshed and written to file.

Writing your own operations

See the evil-client gem docs.

Paginated collections

For retrieving list of some entities eBay REST APIs provides endpoints with pagination. Page size is limited to 500 entities.

For allowing to retrieve more records PaginatedCollection middleware and result wrapper are provided.

  1. Wrap response from API to the PaginatedCollection instance to allow enumeration of records
  2. To rewrite limit parameter of outgoing requests, build and include special middleware in operation.

Example operation:

scope :items do
  operation :list do
    http_method :get

    option :limit,  optional: true
    option :offset, optional: true

    query { { limit: limit, offset: offset }.compact }

    middleware { }

    response(200) do |*response|, response, "items")


result = client.items.list

# Will issue requests to retrieve all records
result.each { |item| do_stuff }

# Will issue only requests needed to get required items
# (no additional requests if all of them are on the first page) { |item| item["itemId"] }.take(5).to_a

# Will get from 101st up to 1300th record with 3 requests (with limit `500`)
client.list(offset: 100, limit: 1200).to_a


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.

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