Currently the v10 Reserved Instance of API Connect doesn’t yet have a simple approach for headless use of the CLI toolkit. The following details how to use an IBM Cloud IAM bearer token with the API Connect CLI and REST API in a headless environment such as a CI/CD pipeline.

For interactive use of the API Connect CLI, you can login using the --sso option, retreive an api key with your browser and provide that to the CLI for example:

apic-slim login --server {apic-api-endpoint} --sso

However if you want to use the CLI in a non-interactive context such as a CI/CD pipeline you need to retrieve an IBM Cloud IAM Bearer token for the toolkit to use. This can be obtained using ibmcloud iam oauth-tokens and then placed in ~/.apiconnect/token for the apic CLI to use.

The token file needs to contain:

{apic-api-endpoint}/api: |
  refresh_token: ""
  access_token: {access_token} 

This can be done programmatically using something like this:

ibmcloud iam login --apikey {api-key}
ic iam oauth-tokens | sed 's/IAM token:  Bearer /\/api: |\n  refresh_token: ""\n  access_token: /' > ~/.apiconnect/token

apic orgs --my --server {apic-api-endpoint}
production    [state: enabled]
test-porg     [state: enabled]

Invoking the API Connect REST APIs

To invoke the API Connect REST APIs in Reserved Instance v10, you can use an IBM Cloud IAM token which can be obtained using the ibmcloud iam oauth-tokens CLI command or with an API call as detailed in the IAM API documentation. This token can then be used as a bearer token to invoke the API Connect REST APIs.

The full process looks like this:

Firstly use your IBM Cloud API key to retrieve an IAM token

curl -X POST \
  "" \
  --header 'Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded' \
  --header 'Accept: application/json' \
  --data-urlencode "grant_type=urn:ibm:params:oauth:grant-type:apikey" \
  --data-urlencode "apikey=[your api key]"

{"access_token":"[access token would be here]","refresh_token":"not_supported","token_type":"Bearer","expires_in":3600,"expiration":1615370557,"scope":"ibm openid"}

Then take the value of the access_token and use it to call the API Connect API e.g.

curl https://{{ api_host }}/api/orgs \
  -H "Accept: application/json" \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
  -H "Authorization: Bearer [access_token]

  "total_results": 2,
  "results": [
      "type": "org",
      "org_type": "provider",