I have a local Drupal instance with services. I created an endpoint that has user resource included. I verified that all is well by logging in using the endpoint. I am now stuck at registering new users through the api. I tried the following:

URL: http://localhost/recipes/api/user/register

Method: POST

Content-Type: application/json

Body: { "name":"user34", "pass":"3323", "mail":"[email protected]", "status":"1" }

Result: 22:CSRF validation failed

I know that this error pops out when the token is not passed in the header of the request but how am I supposed to get the token if I am an anonymous user wanting to register?

Kindly mention the steps that I need to follow to have a user register through the REST api

Thanks :)

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Anonymous (and authenticated) users can both get the token from the same place. Try following these steps:

  1. Get the token with a GET to ?q=services/session/token
  2. Attach the token to your POST header under the name X-CSRF-Token
  3. Make the POST call to register the user
  • I tried making a get request to localhost/recipes/api/session/token and using postman, the response had no content in the body. However, if I look at the cookies in the response I can see a key/value pair of a random string. That said, should I use the string in the value of the cookie as the value of the X-CSRF-Token in my next request? Thanks Commented Jun 15, 2018 at 15:23
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    The services/session/token path is reserved, and does not include your api endpoint path. So don't use api/session/token for the token, instead always use services/session/token. Commented Jun 15, 2018 at 16:06

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