OAuth Tokens

Obtaining OAuth tokens to interact with PlaidCloud APIs

PlaidCloud uses standard JSON-RPC requests and can be used with any application that can perform those requests. Requests are secured using OAuth tokens.

Obtaining an OAuth Token

OAuth tokens are generated from the PlaidCloud app. To view the list of current OAuth tokens assigned to you and generate new ones, navigate to Analyze > Tools > Registered Systems.

Once there you can view any existing tokens or choose to create a new one.

Download OAuth PlaidCloud Config File

Select “Register a New System”.

Fill out the form and note the name you entered so you can find it in the list.

Once created, open the registered system record by clicking on the gear icon. This will display the configuration file text.

NOTE: Be sure to select the project you want to use this connection for from the drop down at the top. It will add the Project Unique Identifier to the configuration.

Copy this text into a plaid.conf file located on your system. Place this in the .plaid directory.

Create a Config File Locally

Create a directory one level up from your notebook directory or from where you plan to use command line interaction. Name the directory .plaid.

Inside the .plaid directory, create a file called plaid.conf and paste the contents you copied above into the file. Save the file and this will no allow you to connect using the PlaidCloud utilities and rpc methods.

Advanced Uses

While it is convenient to locate the .plaid folder near its usage point, it can actually be placed anywhere in the upstream directory tree. The initialization process will traverse up the directory tree until it finds the .plaid directory.

Locating the .plaid directory higher up may be useful if you have multiple operations that need access but cannot coexist in the same lower level directory structures.

Optional Paths Specification

If you are using a local Jupyter Notebook installation or operating from command line, it is possible to export data, excel files, and other data as well as reading in local data to dataframes using the helper tools. To do this, a paths.yaml file is necessary.

In addition to the plaid.conf file, create a paths.yaml file. The paths.yaml should be a sibling to the plaid.conf file inside the .plaid directory. It should contain the following path information:

 LOCAL_STORAGE: '{PROJECT_ROOT}/local_storage'
 DEBUG: '{PROJECT_ROOT}/local_storage'
 create: []
 local: {}
Last modified November 27, 2023 at 12:56 PM EST: Restructured the file structure/a few changes (f6c58b8)