I am playing with magento 2 Rest API to add category in magento admin. I am writing below code, but showing "401 Unauthorized" and showing message Consumer is not authorized to access %resources Magento_Catalog::categories

I am using below code to add category in magento console, can anyone help me on this? Thanks in advance.

POST Method: [MAGENTO URL]/index.php/rest/V1/categories/

Request Body: { "id": 0, "parentId": 0, "name": "test category", "isActive": true, "position": 0, "level": 0, "includeInMenu": true, "extensionAttributes": {}, }

but not working. any solution?


Rahul Anand.

  • This API has access to all resources. Dec 10, 2015 at 5:10

2 Answers 2


Follow the steps defined in authentication guide provided by Magento.


This guide is more elaborated and helpful in achieving your requirements. Magento team has added more details in it and it will help you out in authenticating your request.

You can use any method:
- Token based
- Oauth based
- Session based


The problem is you are trying to access protected admin resource without authentication.

The easiest option for you would be to get access token using the following request:

curl -X POST "https://magento.host/index.php/rest/V1/integration/admin/token" \
     -H "Content-Type:application/json" \
     -d '{"username":"[email protected]", "password":"123123q"}'

Then specify this token (e.g. vbnf3hjklp5iuytre) in Authotization header while making requests to protected resources, e.g.:

curl -X GET "http://magento.ll/index.php/rest/V1/customers/2" \
     -H "Authorization: Bearer vbnf3hjklp5iuytre"

Also there is no need to specify "id": 0 in request for new category creation.

Please take a look at the Getting started guide for Magento 2 web APIs.

  • hi Dude, Thanks for your help. But we are trying to run rest api code, and it keep showing that error "Consumer is not authorized to access %resources". Can you help me understanding how can we fix it? Dec 10, 2015 at 9:36
  • Assuming that you generated access token for the admin user, the only problem could be that the admin does not have permissions to manage categories. Check that your user is assigned to role, which has access to this resource in System => Permissions => All Users (UserRoles) Dec 10, 2015 at 9:39
  • In the example I provided you get token for Admin user, not integration. So permissions should be configured for the admin user whose username/password you specified during token request. Dec 10, 2015 at 9:44
  • Hi,user is created as admin, and role is there which can access all resources. Still getting same error. Dec 10, 2015 at 10:06
  • I am using Firefox rest client to make request. All credentials are given there, and also the consumer key and token too. Dec 10, 2015 at 10:07

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