API Authentication

Generating a Key/Secret

Before you can authenticate to the PrintOS APIs you must generate a Key/Secret from within a PrintOS account.

Within PrintOS:

  1. Click the application switcher  at the top right and select "Marketplace"
  2. Select the "Application Connectors" tab.
  3. Click the "Add Connector" tile
  4. Under the "Description" field give a descriptive name that you will remember (i.e. "My Application API Key").
  5. From the "Filter by Application" drop-down select the application you wish to generate this Key/Secret for.
  6. From the "Role" drop-down menu select the roll needed for the API you want to use
  7. Click the "Add" button to generate the Key/Secret
  8. Return to the "Application Connectors" tab to view your Key/Secret

CAUTION:  Providing this Key/Secret to a 3rd party will allow control over these APIs to your account.  Only provide this information to trusted parties.


A note about Key/Secret roles:

  • Order Creation - Allows for submission of orders, uploading of files, and querying of those orders/files
  • Order Creation and Enquiries - Allows for Order Creation as well as querying of various system information (Product types, SKUs, etc.)

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HTTP Headers

In order to process any requests over the API the external application must provide the following HTTP header fields:

  • x-hp-hmac-authentication - Key:Signature format where Key is the key created through PrintOS and Signature is a generated HMAC Hex String (see below).
  • x-hp-hmac-date - Current timestamp in ISO 8601 format (YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss.sssZ). Note: Timestamp must be in UTC (GMT / Zulu) time as denoted by the trailing 'Z'.
  • x-hp-hmac-algorithm (Optional) - Valid values are “SHA1” and “SHA256”.  If the header is not provided the system will default to SHA1.

The Signature used for the x-hp-hmac-authentication header is a signed message using either the SHA1 or SHA256 algorithm with the PrintOS generated Secret. The format for the message to sign is: method + " " + path + timestamp where:

  • method - HTTP method used to send this message (e.g. POST, PUT, DELETE).  This value must be in ALL CAPS.
  • path - Endpoint this message is being sent to (e.g. "/api/partner/folder").
  • timestamp - A timestamp generated at time of submission.  The timestamp is the same ISO 8601 (24 hour clock) format as the x-hp-hmac-date header.

Example message to sign: “POST /partner/api/folder2016-04-15T12:00:00.000Z”

Below showcases a way to generate the HMAC Headers. Visit our GitHub to checkout the sample code.

private static void CreateHmacHeaders(string method, string path, HttpClient client)
    string timeStamp = DateTime.UtcNow.ToString("yyyy-MM-ddTHH:mm:ssZ");

    string stringToSign = method + " " + path + timeStamp;
    HMACSHA1 hmac = new HMACSHA1(Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(secret));
    byte[] bytes = hmac.ComputeHash(Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(stringToSign));
    string signature = BitConverter.ToString(bytes).Replace("-", string.Empty).ToLower();
    string auth = key + ":" + signature;

    client.DefaultRequestHeaders.Add("x-hp-hmac-authentication", auth);
    client.DefaultRequestHeaders.Add("x-hp-hmac-date", timeStamp);
    client.DefaultRequestHeaders.Add("x-hp-hmac-algorithm", "SHA1");
public String getHmacAuthentication(String method, String path, String timeStamp) throws InvalidKeyException, NoSuchAlgorithmException {
    SecretKeySpec secret_key = new SecretKeySpec(secret.getBytes(), "HmacSHA1");
    Mac mac = Mac.getInstance("HmacSHA1");

    String toHash = method + " " + path + timeStamp;
    byte[] rawHmac = mac.doFinal(toHash.getBytes());
    StringBuilder hash = new StringBuilder();
    for (byte b : rawHmac) {
        hash.append(String.format("%02x", b & 0xff));
    return key + ":" + hash.toString();
function createHeaders(method, path) {
    var timestamp = (new Date()).toISOString()
    var toSign = method.toUpperCase() + " " + path + timestamp
    var hash = crypto.createHmac("SHA1", secret)
    var sig = hash.digest("hex");

    var headers = {
        "X-HP-HMAC-Authentication": key + ":" + sig,
        "X-HP-HMAC-Date":  timestamp,
        "X-HP-HMAC-Algorithm": "SHA1"

    return headers;
function createHmacAuth($method, $path, $timestamp) {
    global $key, $secret;
    $str = $method . ' ' . $path . $timestamp;
    $hash = hash_hmac('sha1', $str, $secret);
    return $key . ':' . $hash;
def create_headers(method, path, timestamp):
    string_to_sign = method + ' ' + path + timestamp
    local_secret = secret.encode('utf-8')
    string_to_sign = string_to_sign.encode('utf-8')
    signature = hmac.new(local_secret, string_to_sign, hashlib.sha1).hexdigest()
    auth = key + ':' + signature
    return {
        'content-type': 'application/json',
        'x-hp-hmac-authentication': auth,
        'x-hp-hmac-date': timestamp,
        'x-hp-hmac-algorithm' : 'SHA1'
def create_hmac_auth(method, path, timestamp)
    str = method + ' ' + path + timestamp;
    sha1 = OpenSSL::Digest.new('sha1')
    hash = OpenSSL::HMAC.hexdigest(sha1, $secret, str)
    return $key + ":" + hash