Learn how to authenticate to Simple OKR before you can use the APIs

Simple OKR uses API keys to authenticate requests. You can manage API keys via Simple OKR website.

API Keys

API keys consist of public and secret components.

Public component (called Credential) is used to identify the API key on Simple OKR servers. The secret component (called Secret Key) is used to construct a request signature. The secret component should be kept private and not shared with anyone.

S1-HMAC-SHA256 authentication protocol

S1-HMAC-SHA256 is the first version of authentication protocol used by the Simple OKR API.

All requests must include HTTP Authorization header in the following format:

Authorization: S1-HMAC-SHA256 Credential=<credential>&Timestamp=<timestamp>&Signature=<signature>

Authorization header arguments:

  • credential is the public component of the API key.

  • timestamp is the RFC 3339 timestamp of the current time in UTC. Your clock must be synchronized. We will allow 10 minute clock skew in either direction.

  • signature is a signature constructed using the secret key, credential and the timestamp.

The signature is constructed by concatenating credential with timestamp and applying HMAC-SHA256 with the secret key. The output of HMAC must be encoded in hex and converted to lower case. This value becomes the signature.

Below are examples API keys and the signature they should produce. Use this example to validate your own signature generation methods:

  • Credential: mycredential

  • Secret key: mysecret

  • Timestamp: 2019-02-03T01:55:37Z

  • Signature: ab9b15c8321dd0e00bbbcc8e33629adcb273b1dfeedb54387cb305fca6c409fa

Example signature generation with Go:

import (

func hmacSign(secret string, data string) string {
  mac := hmac.New(sha256.New, []byte(secret))
  return strings.ToLower(hex.EncodeToString(mac.Sum(nil)))

func main() {
  credential := "mycredential"
  secret := "mysecret"
  timestamp := time.Now().UTC().Format(time.RFC3339)

  signature := hmacSign(secret, credential+timestamp)
  println(credential, secret, timestamp, signature)

Example signature generation with Python 3:

import hmac
import hashlib

credential = b"mycredential"
secret = b"mysecret"
timestamp = b"2019-02-03T01:55:37Z"

mac =, digestmod=hashlib.sha256)
mac.update(bytearray(credential + timestamp))
digest = mac.hexdigest()

print(credential, secret, timestamp, digest)

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