Ruby wrapper for the Xero API
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Getting Started

This is a Ruby gem for communicating with the Xero API. You can find more information about the Xero API at


Just add the xero_gateway gem to your Gemfile, like so:

  gem 'xero_gateway'



Authenticating with OAuth

The Xero Gateway uses OAuth 1.0a for authentication. Xero Gateway implements OAuth in a very similar manner to the Twitter gem by John Nunemaker , so if you've used that before this will all seem familiar.

  1. Get a Consumer Key & Secret

    First off, you'll need to get a Consumer Key/Secret pair for your application from Xero. Head to, log in and then click My Applications > Add Application.

    If you want to create a private application (that accesses your own Xero account rather than your users), you'll need to generate an RSA keypair and an X509 certificate. This can be done with OpenSSL as below:

      openssl genrsa –out privatekey.pem 1024
      openssl req –newkey rsa:1024 –x509 –key privatekey.pem –out publickey.cer –days 365
      openssl pkcs12 –export –out public_privatekey.pfx –inkey privatekey.pem –in publickey.cer

    On the right-hand-side of your application's page there's a box titled "OAuth Credentials". Use the Key and Secret from this box in order to set up a new Gateway instance.

    (If you're unsure about the Callback URL, specify nothing - it will become clear a bit later)

  2. Create a Xero Gateway in your App


    or for Private applications

      require 'xero_gateway'
  3. Creating a Request Token

    You'll then need to get a Request Token from Xero.

      request_token = gateway.request_token

    You should keep this around - you'll need it to exchange for an Access Token later. (If you're using Rails, this means storing it in the session or something similar)

    Next, you need to redirect your user to the authorization url for this request token. In Rails, that looks something like this:

      redirect_to request_token.authorize_url

    You may also provide a callback parameter, which is the URL within your app the user will be redirected to. See next section for more information on what parameters Xero sends with this request.

      request_token = request_token(oauth_callback: "")
      redirect_to request_token.authorize_url
  4. Retrieving an Access Token

    If you've specified a Callback URL when setting up your application or provided an oauth_callback parameter on your request token, your user will be redirected to that URL with an OAuth Verifier as a GET parameter. You can then exchange your Request Token for an Access Token like this (assuming Rails, once again):

      gateway.authorize_from_request(request_token.token, request_token.secret, oauth_verifier: params[:oauth_verifier])

    (If you haven't specified a Callback URL, the user will be presented with a numeric verifier which they must copy+paste into your application; see examples/oauth.rb for an example)

    Now you can access Xero API methods:

      # => #<XeroGateway::Response:0x007fd367181388 ...

Storing Access Tokens

You can also store the Access Token/Secret pair so that you can access the API without user intervention. Currently, these access tokens are only valid for 30 minutes, and will raise a XeroGateway::OAuth::TokenExpired exception if you attempt to access the API beyond the token's expiry time.

  access_token, access_secret = gateway.access_token

You can authorize a Gateway instance later on using the authorize_from_access method:

  gateway.authorize_from_access(your_stored_token.access_token, your_stored_token.access_secret)


Open examples/oauth.rb and change CONSUMER_KEY and CONSUMER_SECRET to the values for a Test OAuth Application in order to see an example of OAuth at work.

If you're working with Rails, a controller similar to this might come in handy:

  class XeroSessionsController < ApplicationController

    before_action :get_xero_gateway

    def new
      session[:request_token]  = @xero_gateway.request_token.token
      session[:request_secret] = @xero_gateway.request_token.secret

      redirect_to @xero_gateway.request_token.authorize_url

    def create
      @xero_gateway.authorize_from_request(session[:request_token], session[:request_secret],
                                           oauth_verifier: params[:oauth_verifier])

      session[:xero_auth] = { access_token:   @xero_gateway.access_token.token,
                              access_secret:  @xero_gateway.access_token.secret }

    def destroy


      def get_xero_gateway
        @xero_gateway =, YOUR_OAUTH_CONSUMER_SECRET)


Note that I'm just storing the Access Token + Secret in the session here

  • you could equally store them in the database if you felt like refreshing them every 30 minutes ;)

API Methods

You can find a full listing of all implemented methods on the wiki page.


You can specify a logger to use (so you can track down those tricky exceptions) by using:

  gateway.logger ="log_file_name.log")

Your logger simply needs to respond to info.


We welcome contributions, thanks for pitching in!

  1. Fork the repo
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Make sure you have some tests, and they pass! (bundle exec rake)
  4. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Added some feature')
  5. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  6. Create new Pull Request

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