Attributes are the individual fields that make up an entity type schema. The /config/{app_id}/entityTypes/{entity_type}/attributes endpoint returns detailed information about each attribute, including the attribute name and datatype.

This endpoint includes the following methods:

  • GET


Returns information about all the attributes associated with the specified entity type.


This endpoint supports Basic authentication. To create an authentication string, combine your API client ID, a colon (:), and your client secret into a single value. For example, if your client ID is abcdefg and your client secret is hijklmnop, that value would look like this:


Next, take the string and base64 encode it.

For example, on a Mac, you can base encode the string using this command:

echo -n "abcdefg:hijklmnop" | base64

If you’re running Microsoft Windows, you can encode the string by using a Windows PowerShell command similar to this:


The resulting value (e.g., YWJjZGVmZzpoaWprbG1ub3A=) should be used in your authentication header.

If you are making API calls using Postman, select Basic Auth as your identification type, then use the client ID as the username and the client secret as the password.

Make sure that your API client has the all the permissions (for example, the right to read user profile information) needed to complete the API call.

Base URL

The base URL for this endpoint is your Janrain Configuration API domain followed by /config/ followed by your application ID. For example, if you are in the US region and your application ID is htb8fuhxnf8e38jrzub3c7pfrr, then your base URL would be:


Allowed regions are:

  • us 
  • eu 
  • au 
  • sa 
  • cn
  • sg

Sample Request (curl)

This command returns the attributes associated with the user entity type and the application with the application ID htb8fuhxnf8e38jrzub3c7pfrr:

curl -X GET \
  https://v1.api.us.janrain.com/config/htb8fuhxnf8e38jrzub3c7pfrr/entityTypes/user/attributes \
  -H 'Authorization: Basic aW1fYV...NfbXk=' 

Running Code Samples Using Postman

The Janrain REST API code samples are written using Curl, but they can easily be run from within Postman. To use one of our code samples in Postman:

  1. Click the Copy to Clipboard button located directly beneath the code sample
  2. In Postman, click Import to display the Import dialog box.
  3. In the Import dialog box, click Paste Raw Text, and then paste in the copied code. The Import dialog box should look similar to this:

  4. Click Import, and the Curl command will be converted to a format that can be run from within Postman. All you need to do now is configure the command to work with your Janrain implementation.


200 OK

If your call to this endpoint succeeds, you'll get back information for each attribute in the specified entity type. For more information about the attribute properties returned by the call, see Viewing Schema Information:

   "_self": "/config/htb8fuhxnf8e38jrzub3c7pfrr/entityTypes/user/attributes",
   "attributes": [
           "_self": "/config/htb8fuhxnf8e38jrzub3c7pfrr/entityTypes/user/attributes/id",
           "required": false,
           "description": "simple identifier for this entity",
           "reverse-query": false,
           "ignore-update": null,
           "query": false,
           "unique": false,
           "case-sensitive": null,
           "name": "id",
           "locally-unique": false,
           "default": null,
           "primary-key": false,
           "length": null,
           "type": "id"

Error Codes

The following table includes information about some of the error codes that you could encounter when calling this endpoint.

Error Code



Error Message: Authentication required.

You either failed to provide credentials or provided invalid credentials. This endpoint requires Basic authentication.


Error Message: Application ID not found.

You did not provide a valid application ID.

If you encounter an error when calling this endpoint that error message will look similar to this:

   "errors": "Authentication required."