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The instructions on this page describe how to configure Basic HTTP authentication for an application link. You can configure outgoing authentication (authentication of requests sent from this application to a linked application) and/or incoming authentication (authentication of requests coming from a linked application into this application).

Basic HTTP authentication allows your application to provide user credentials to a remote application and vice versa. Once authenticated, one application can access specified functions on the other application on behalf of that user. For example, if you supply the credentials of a JIRA administrator on your JIRA server to a remote application, the remote application will be able to access all functions on your JIRA server that the JIRA administrator can access.

This method of authentication relies on the connection between your application and the remote application being secure. We recommend that you use Trusted Applications authentication or OAuth authentication for your application link instead, if possible.

On this page:

  • The instructions assume that both of the applications that you are linking have the Application Links plugin installed. If the remote application that you are linking to supports Basic HTTP authentication, but does not have the Application Links plugin installed, you will need to configure Basic HTTP authentication from within the remote application (see the relevant administrator's documentation for the application) in addition to configuring the outgoing/incoming authentication for the application link (as described below).

Configuring outgoing basic http authentication will allow your application to trust a remote application (i.e. allow the remote application to access specified functions in your application).

To configure basic http authentication for an outgoing application link:

  1. Log in as an administrator and navigate to the administration page. Click 'Application Links' in the administration menu. The 'Configure Application Links' page will be displayed, listing all of the application links that have currently been set up for your application.
  2. Click the 'Configure' link next to the application link that you want to configure authentication for.
  3. Click the 'Outgoing Authentication' tab. The outgoing authentication page will be displayed.
  4. Click the 'Basic Access' tab.
  5. Click the 'Configure' button and enter the credentials (username and password) that the remote application will use to log into your application .
  6. Click the 'Apply' button to save your changes.

Configuring incoming basic http authentication will allow the remote application that you are linking to, to trust your application (i.e. allow your application to access specified functions on the remote application it is linked to).

To configure basic http authentication for an incoming application link:

  1. Log in as an administrator and navigate to the administration page. Click 'Application Links' in the administration menu. The 'Configure Application Links' page will be displayed, listing all of the application links that have currently been set up for your application.
  2. Click the 'Configure' link next to the application link that you want to configure authentication for.
  3. Click the 'Incoming Authentication' tab. The incoming authentication page will be displayed.
  4. Click the 'Basic Access' tab.
  5. Click the 'Configure' button and enter the credentials (username and password) that the your application will use to log in to the remote application.
  6. Click the 'Apply' button to save your changes.

Configuring OAuth Authentication for an Application Link
Configuring Trusted Apps Authentication for an Application Link

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