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Understanding OAuth2 Client Credentials in SAP CPI

November 17, 2023

OAuth2 Client Credentials are a popular authentication method used to access secured objects in SAP Cloud Platform Integration (SAP CPI). This is an easy and secure way to allow applications to access data without requiring user credentials.

What is OAuth2 Client Credentials?

OAuth2 Client Credentials are a grant type in the OAuth2 authorization framework that allow applications to access tokens without requiring user interaction. This is done by the application authenticating itself to the license server using its client ID and client secret. Once the application is validated, the license server will issue an access token to the application. The application can then use this access token to access protected resources on behalf of the user.

Why Use OAuth2 Client Credentials?

There are numerous motives to use OAuth2 Client Credentials in SAP CPI:

  1. It is a secure way to authenticate packages. The patron ID and customer mystery are securely saved at the application server, and they are no longer uncovered to the person
  2. It is a simple way to authenticate programs. The application does no longer need to address consumer interaction, which include prompting the person for their credentials.
  3. It is a scalable manner to authenticate programs. OAuth2 Client Credentials may be used to authenticate a massive number of packages.

How to Use OAuth2 Client Credentials in SAP CPI?

To use OAuth2 Client Credentials in SAP CPI, you will need to create a new security material of type OAuth2 Client Credentials. This security material will store the client ID and client secret for the application. You will also need to configure the HTTP adapter in your integration flow to use OAuth2 Client Credentials authentication.

Here are the steps on how to configure OAuth2 Client Credentials in SAP CPI:

  1. The main important step is to create the Service Key in SAP BTP Cockpit. This key is created when you have created the Process Integration Runtime artifact.

  1. Create the Security Material in Manage Security in SAP CPI
  1. Click on Create and from the dropdown, select OAuth2 Client Credentials.
  1. Provide the Token URL, Client ID, Client Secret, and the meaningful name to the Client Credentials. Click on Deploy.
  1. Create the simple integration flow in which we can use this credentials.
  1. In the Authentication select as the "OAuth2 Client Credentials" and in the Credential name provide the name which we have created in Step 4.

  1. Save and Deploy your integration flow, it will run as fine as previous.


OAuth2 Client Credentials is a powerful and versatile authentication method that can be used to secure a wide range of applications in SAP CPI. It is a simple, secure, and scalable way to authenticate applications and access protected resources.


What is the advantage of using OAuth 2.0 client credentials?

OAuth 2.0 client credentials offer several advantages, including:

  • Simplified Authentication: User interaction is not required, eliminating the need for user credential prompts.
  • Enhanced Security: Client ID and client secret are securely stored on the application server, preventing user exposure.
  • Scalability: A large number of applications can be effectively authenticated simultaneously.

2. What is the use of client secret in OAuth2?

The client secret plays a crucial role in OAuth2 authentication. It serves as a confidential key known only to the application and the authorization server. During authentication, the application presents its client ID and client secret to the authorization server. The authorization server verifies the authenticity of the client secret and issues an access token if the credentials are valid.

3. When should I use OAuth 2.0 client credentials?

OAuth 2.0 client credentials is suitable for scenarios where:

  • User interaction is not feasible or desirable.
  • The application is accessing resources on its own behalf rather than on behalf of a specific user.
  • The application needs to access protected resources in a server-to-server environment.

4. How do I protect my client secret in OAuth2?

  • Store the client secret securely: Avoid storing the client secret in code or configuration files. Instead, use secure storage mechanisms like environment variables or dedicated secret management tools.
  • Minimize exposure to the client secret: Limit the number of individuals or systems with access to the client secret. Avoid exposing it in logs or public environments.
  • Monitor for unauthorized access: Implement mechanisms to detect and respond to unauthorized access attempts, such as alerting or revoking access tokens.

5. What are some alternatives to OAuth 2.0 client credentials?

While OAuth 2.0 client credentials is a widely used method, other authentication approaches exist, such as:

  • OAuth 2.0 authorization code grant: Involves user interaction and is suitable for user-centric applications.
  • OAuth 2.0 password grant: Used for legacy applications and should be avoided in new development due to security concerns.
  • API keys: Simple but less secure compared to OAuth 2.0, primarily used for internal APIs or low-risk scenarios.

The choice of authentication method depends on the specific requirements of the application and the security posture of the environment.

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About the Author

Jaspreet is an Executive Consultant with expertise in SAP, SaaS/Cloud Integrations, Cyber Security and Data Science. Jaspreet is hands-On Architect who does Pre-Sales, Solution Architecture, Development, Lead Delivery of Complex Integration programs, Manage disperse teams and Ensure successful Project Go-Live/Goals. He has made a lasting impact on global businesses IT projects including Aflac, Advanced Energy, Donnelley Financial Solutions(DFIN), Dell EMC and many more.

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