Geovisualization Developer's Guide

Authentication with Python

This topic is dedicated to handling Geovisualization authentication when using Python.

Prerequisite: Getting Authentication Credentials

The code below can be run as a command-line script to:

  • obtain an access token
  • perform an authenticated request by adding an Authorization header

The script requires Python 2.7 and the requests module.

import json
import sys
import getpass
import requests

app_id = '{YOUR_APP_ID}'
app_code = '{YOUR_APP_CODE}'

# This function obtains an access token.
# @param user_name User name associated with HERE Account
# @param password Password associated with HERE Account
# @param app_id The value of app_id
# @param app_code The value of app_code
# @return A string containing the HERE access token

def get_access_token(user_name, password, app_id, app_code):
  url = '' % ('app_id', app_id, 'app_code', app_code)
  payload = json.dumps({'email': user_name, 'password': password})
  r =,
            headers={'Content-Type': 'application/json'},

  if r.status_code == 200:
    response = r.json()
    return response['access_token']

  raise Exception('Cannot get Data Lens access_token. Status code: %s ' % r.status_code)

# This function runs a request to retrieve data sets.
# @param access_token The HERE access token
# @param app_id The value of app_id
# @param app_code The value of app_code
# @return A JSON string containing the retrieved data sets

def get_datasets(acess_token, app_id, app_code):
  url = ''% ('app_id', app_id, 'app_code', app_code)
  r = requests.get(url,
           headers={'Content-Type': 'text/plain',
                'Authorization': 'Bearer %s' % access_token})
  if r.status_code == 200:
    return r.json()

  raise Exception('Cannot get retrieve datasets: %s' % r.status_code)

# The main function of the script expects two command line arguments:
# the HERE Account user name and the HERE Account password. It uses
# them, along with the application-specific app_id and app_code, to
# obtain an access token and request datasets.

if __name__ == '__main__':
  if len(sys.argv) != 2:
    print ' - provides an Auth token (valid for 1 hour)'
    print 'usage: username'
  user_name = sys.argv[1]
  password = getpass.getpass()
  access_token = get_access_token(user_name, password, app_id, app_code)
  if access_token:
    print get_datasets(access_token, app_id, app_code)

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