Service Tokens

StackState Kubernetes Troubleshooting


Using Service tokens it's possible to authenticate to StackState without having an associated a user account. This is useful for situations where you want to use StackState from headless services like a CI server. In such a scenario you typically don't want to provision a user account in your identity provider.

Manage service tokens

Service tokens can be managed via the sts CLI. The following commands are available:

> sts service-token --help
Manage service tokens.

  sts service-token [command]

Available Commands:
  create      Create a service token
  delete      Delete a service token
  list        List service tokens

Use "sts service-token [command] --help" for more information about a command.

Create service tokens

To create a service token in your instance of StackState, you can use the sts CLI.

sts service-token create

Note that the service token will only be displayed once. It isn't possible to see the token again.

This command takes the following command line arguments:



The name of the service token


The expiration date of the service token, the format is yyyy-MM-dd. The expiration is optional.


A comma separated list of roles to assign to the service token

For example, the command below will create a service token with the name my-service-token and the role stackstate-k8s-troubleshooter:

> sts service-token create --name my-service-token --roles stackstate-k8s-troubleshooter
 Service token created: svctok-aaaaa-bbbb-ccccc-ddddd

List service tokens

The ID, name, expiration date and roles of all created service tokens can be seen using the sts CLI. For example:

> sts service-token list
ID              | NAME             | EXPIRATION | ROLES
107484341630693 | my-service-token |            | [stackstate-k8s-troubleshooter]

Delete service tokens

A service token can be deleted using the sts CLI. Pass the ID of the service token as an argument. For example:

> sts service-token delete 107484341630693
 Service token deleted: 107484341630693

Authenticating using service tokens

Once created, a service token can be used to authenticate to StackState from a headless service. To do this you can either use the CLI or directly talk to the API.

StackState sts CLI

A service token can be used for authentication with the new sts CLI.

> sts context --name <name> --service-token <TOKEN> --url https://<tenant>

StackState APIs

To use a service token to talk directly to the StackState API, add it to the header of the request in one of the following ways:

  • In the Authorization header:

    > curl -X GET -H "Authorization: ApiKey <TOKEN>" http://<tenant>
  • In the X-API-Key header:

    > curl -X GET -H "X-API-Key: <TOKEN>" http://<tenant>

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