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A demonstration on how to authenticate yourself against the sipgate REST API using HTTP Basic Auth, which returns basic account information.
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To demonstrate how to authenticate against the sipgate REST API using HTTP Basic Auth, we query the /account endpoint which provides basic account information.

For further information regarding the sipgate REST API please visit


  • python3
  • pip3

How To Use

Navigate to the project's root directory.

Install dependencies:

$ pip3 install -r requirements.txt

Change username and password in


Run the application:

$ python3

How It Works

Request parameters like url and headers are defined as follows:

base_url = ''

credentials = (username + ':' + password).encode('utf-8')
base64_encoded_credentials = base64.b64encode(credentials).decode('utf-8')

headers = {
    'Authorization': 'Basic ' + base64_encoded_credentials

Note: Basic Auth requires the credentials to be Base64-encoded.
Note: The base64 encoder requires byte-like-objects. We use .encode('utf-8') and .decode('utf-8') to convert strings to byte-like-objects and vice versa.

If OAuth should be used for Authorization instead of Basic Auth we do not suply the auth object in the request options. Instead we set the authorization header to Bearer followed by a space and the access token: Authorization: `Bearer ${accessToken}`,. For an example application interacting with the sipgate API using OAuth see our python OAuth example.

We use the python package 'requests' for request generation and execution. The requested URL consists of the base url defined above and the endpoint /account. This example prints the status code and response body to the console.

response = requests.get(base_url + '/account', headers=headers)

print('Status:', response.status_code)
print('Body:', response.content.decode("utf-8"))

Basic Auth

Basic access authentication (Basic Auth) is an easy to use, well known, and well supported authentication method. You can find a lot of documentation about this authentication method on the internet, e.g: Wikipedia or RFC 2617.

To use Basic Auth, you simply have to provide an Authorization header with each request. The header uses the keyword Basic followed by a space and a credentials string. The credentials string is username:password Base64-encoded.

For example, if your username is John and your password is topsecret, your plaintext credentials string would be John:topsecret. The Base64-encoded string would be Sm9objp0b3BzZWNyZXQ=.

The complete header would look like:

Authorization: Basic Sm9objp0b3BzZWNyZXQ=

Common Issues

HTTP Errors

reason errorcode
username and/or password are wrong 401
credentials not Base64-encoded 401
wrong REST API endpoint 404
wrong request method 405


Contact Us

Please let us know how we can improve this example. If you have a specific feature request or found a bug, please use Issues or fork this repository and send a pull request with your improvements.


This project is licensed under The Unlicense (see LICENSE file).

External Libraries

This code uses the following external libraries | @sipgateio | API-doc

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