I am trying to create a node from a different server via REST API, utilizing the Drupal 8 REST API and the Poster plugin for the browser. I posted the request as shown below, and I got the following output.

    "message": ""

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I already enabled the service end_point to create, retrieve, update, and delete the content in the REST API configuration.

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What is happening? Is it the right way of doing it?

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    I don't know the D8 drupal.org/project/services but they state "Services 4.x is currently in development. Since Drupal 8 contains REST functionality in CORE, Services in Drupal 8 will be slightly different. Were aiming to accomplish the following for D8." Guess you should checkout drupal.org/docs/8/core/modules/rest/… Oct 25, 2017 at 14:50
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    Technically you don't need the Services module in Drupal 8 to create nodes via REST. This page will also be helpful: drupal.org/docs/8/core/modules/rest/… Oct 25, 2017 at 14:56
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    @tyler.frankenstein . Actually am trying to create a node from another server . Thats is the scenario .
    – KTM
    Oct 25, 2017 at 15:11

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Okay, I am going to Explain you in a very simple way using a Postman Software.
1. Enable the restui Module.
2. Add the basic_auth authentication.
3. Get the X-CSRF-Token from /rest/session/token.
4. Follow things by this image:

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5. Add the following text into your Body.

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And hit the Send Button Its Done!


Drupal officially support 2
Authentication providers

  1. Cookie
  2. Basic_auth

( Note ) Personally, I recommend ‘Cookie’,
because it is useful for mobile and third-party developers.

================= Login ==================
How can Login Drupal’s APIs in PostMan ?
Method: Post
URL : http://localhost/drupal_8_bs4_theme_01/user/login
Parameters: Key=value ---> ?_format=json
Headers : Content-Type = application/json
Body : Raw → application/Json
{ "name": "test", "pass": "test" }

Response :
{ "current_user": { "uid": "25", "name": "test" }, "csrf_token": "-Cgh_1vMeVvFn3E5KePfXKWPeVg2Rhf6kURcnVEQbwA", "logout_token": "PxfO3uR4gUWFn5hWXgvKBr-4gsB8HMOdT4v5okrZxC8" }

======== Create Node Using Cookie Auth ======
After Login How can You Create Node ?
Method: Post
URL : http://localhost/drupal_8_bs4_theme_01/entity/node?_format=json
Headers :
Content-Type = application/json
X-CSRF-Token = 8km8Kh5enGfT1_fpYGg6q6g3BWUhjMa3L3EijUphJu8
{ "type":[{"target_id":"page"}], "title":[{"value":"Hello World 221"}], "body":[{"value":"How are you?"}] }

======== Create Node Using Basic Auth ======
Method: Post
URL :- http://localhost/drupal_8_bs4_theme_01/entity/node
Query Params :
Key = _format
Value = hal_json
Basic Auth: u -> admin and password -> admin
X-CSRF-Token = Token Which you get like CVieBUrFLSjUsXLGLJ-xW6krdKdAcOkpJK0WP6rzK_0
Content-Type = application/hal+json
Accept = application/hal+json

{ "type":[{"target_id":"page"}], "title":[{"value":"Hello World 221"}], "body":[{"value":"How are you?"}] }

==================== LogOut =======================
How can Logout Drupal’s APIs in PostMan ?
Method: Post
URL: http://localhost/drupal_8_bs4_theme_01/user/logout
Parameters: Key=value ---> ?X-CSRF-Token=-Cgh_1vMeVvFn3E5KePfXKWPeVg2Rhf6kURcnVEQbwA

(Note) I Think Body is Optional

Body : Raw → application/Json
{ "csrf_token": "hU2BZsfvXjcT92rWvxQyiZ1wOD-bMtOkG2Mlj2pSPuw", "logout_token": "UUiitmj854Qm_UpuVZq-PK_0FOXQA9wMIqhVLbXBbFM" }

Response :
Redirect to URL

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My plan was first make it work using the postman client and port the same using curl request . So first i made a curl request from command line as

curl --include --request POST --user username:password --header 'Content-type: application/hal+json' --data-binary '{"_links":
{"type":{"href":""}}, "title":[{"value":"My first page"}],"body":[{"value":"How are you?"}]}'

And that was worked (created the node in . Then i made the curl request from php as follows :

$data = '{"_links":
{"type":{"href":""}}, "title":[{"value":"My first page"}],"body":[{"value":"How are you?"}]}';

        $url = "";
        $curl_connection = curl_init($url);
        curl_setopt($curl_connection, CURLOPT_COOKIEFILE, "/tmp/cookie.txt");
        curl_setopt($curl_connection, CURLOPT_COOKIEJAR, "/tmp/cookie.txt");
        curl_setopt($curl_connection, CURLOPT_USERAGENT, "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)");
        curl_setopt($curl_connection, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
        curl_setopt($curl_connection, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, false);
        curl_setopt($curl_connection, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, 1);
        curl_setopt($curl_connection, CURLOPT_CUSTOMREQUEST, 'POST');
        curl_setopt($curl_connection, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $data);
        curl_setopt($curl_connection, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, array('Content-type: application/hal+json'));
        curl_setopt($curl_connection, CURLOPT_USERPWD, "$username:$password");
        curl_setopt($curl_connection, CURLOPT_HTTPAUTH, CURLAUTH_BASIC);

And that was all . The node created in the remote server .

In postman client cant set the HEADER as 'Content-type: application/hal+json' . I think that may caused the issue . Any insights welcome .

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