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Automatic Looker API Auth Token Renewal in Postman

  • 7 July 2021
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Last tested: Oct 21, 2020

Are you lazy like me and want to avoid having to refresh your auth token periodically when using the Looker API in Postman? This guide will help you to configure your Postman collection with a pre-request script that checks if the current token is expired and authenticates you and stores the access token if it is.

STEP 1: Read the article

The script below is based off the concepts in this article, which is worth a quick read:

STEP 2: Create AND INIT Variables

We'll want to create the same variables laid out in the article, except instead of the Basic_Auth collection variable, we'll create two collection variables called id and secret. We'll set the Initial Value and Current Value of the three Collection Variables as such:
id: your API Client ID from Looker
secret: your API Client Secret from Looker
Auth_Url: the /login endpoint of your Looker instance (i.e.

Step 3: Add pre-request script

Edit your Looker collection and add the following as a pre-request script. This will run before every request in that collection (the auth call will only run if the token is expired).

var url = pm.variables.get("Auth_Url");

const postRequest = {

url: url,

method: 'POST',

header: {

'Content-Type': 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded'


body: {

mode: 'urlencoded',

urlencoded: [

{key: "client_id", value: pm.variables.get("id"), disabled: false},

{key: "client_secret", value: pm.variables.get("secret"), disabled: false}




var tokenDate = new Date(2010,1,1);

var tokenTimestamp = pm.environment.get("OAuth_Timestamp");


tokenDate = Date.parse(tokenTimestamp);


var expiresInTime = pm.environment.get("ExpiresInTime");


expiresInTime = 3600000; // Set default expiration time to 5 minutes


if((new Date() - tokenDate) >= expiresInTime)


pm.sendRequest(postRequest, (error, response) => {

console.log(error ? error : response.json());

var authresponse = response.json();

pm.environment.set("OAuth_Token", authresponse['access_token']);

pm.environment.set("OAuth_Timestamp", new Date());
// Set the ExpiresInTime variable to the time given in the response if it exists


expiresInTime = response.json().expires_in * 1000;


pm.environment.set("ExpiresInTime", expiresInTime);




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