Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
How to connect tools and API when using OAuth
Posted by Zachary Wick (M-Files) on 24 July 2019 09:36 PM

Version 1.0 | Last Updated 5 March 2019

1     Overview / Work Notes

When using OAuth and other authentication protocols that force M-Files to authenticate against an outside source, this can cause tools and the API to stop functioning. There are two workarounds for this issue.

2    Solution / Workaround

Workaround 1:

The part to pay attention to is the key below. This key governs what accounts OAuth tries to authenticate.

Key =>   Host:<network address>:<account type>

Usage This key limits the plugin usage to a certain account type.


The Importer tool must use an M-Files account. The above example will apply OAuth only for Windows accounts.  Importer tool as well as the API can continue login using M-Files accounts.


Workaround 2:

For the API you can use the ConnectInteractive method as below

ServerDisplayName: server,
ParentWindow: IntPtr.Zero,
ReturnNoneIfCancelledByUser: true,
DefaultAuthType: MFAuthType.MFAuthTypeLoggedOnWindowsUser,
ProtocolSequence: "ncacn_ip_tcp",
NetworkAddress: server,
Endpoint: "2266"


For the Importer tool you can check the box that says "Connect Interactively" on the M-Files Connection Tab.

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