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KanBo API for Developers

KanBo API for developers

KanBo API for developers with the set of tools which it provides, allows you to manage software apps in any way. Use it to integrate whichever application you choose in various manners or you can delegate us to do so.

Configuring KanBo app

If you want to use KanBo API via KanBo.Client.dll you have to first configure your KanBo app. Inside web.config file in section <kanbo><authentication> you have to register X509 certificate that will be used for authentication (you can even generate it by yourself using makecert, see CreateCert.ps1 in Api Sample) .

Download KanBo API samples here:

Download KanBo API samples.

Provider types for certificates

As shown above, there are different provider types for certificates:

  • AppSingedLogin” – when using this provider type your service will be seen as user which login you provide and will have exactly same permissions as that user.

On-prem login will look like this: `i:0#.w|domain\user` `domain\user`
O365 login will look like this `i:0#.f|membership|user@exampledomain.onmicrosoft.com` `user@exampledomain.onmicrosoft.com`


<provider id=”login” type=”AppSignedLogin”>{signer}</provider>

  • AppSignedUser” – when using this provider type your service will be seen as user defined by you in code and will have exactly same permissions as that user.


<provider id=”user” type=”AppSignedUser”>{signer}</provider>

  • AppSignedService” – when using this provider type your service will be seen as Service and will have permissions defined by KanBo – full access to everything on KanBo.


<provider id=”app” type=”AppSignedService” name=”Test service”>`{signer}</provider>


The `signer` declares which certificate will be used to validate the signature of given token, possible types are:

**X509SignerFromFile** – contains a public or private key read from a file by specified path (you can use either .cer or .pfx here, pfx file will need a key).

<signer type=”X509SignerFromFile” file=”c:\.ssl\kanbo_id.pfx” key=”MyKanBo” /> <signer type=”X509SignerFromFile” file=”c:\.ssl\kanbo_id.cer” />

**X509SignerFromStore** – contains a public or private key read from a certificate in given certificate store by specified property.

<signer type=”X509SignerFromStore” storeName=”My” storeLocation=”CurrentUser” key=”Thumbprint” value=”A89369E6705C2B3E446AF5DD5A2A1B559F913152″ />

<signer type=”X509SignerFromStore” storeName=”My” storeLocation=”LocalMachine” key=”Thumbprint” value=”a89369e6705c2b3e446af5dd5a2a1b559f913152″ />

<signer type=”X509SignerFromStore” storeName=”My” storeLocation=”LocalMachine” key=”Thumbprint” value=”a8 93 69 e6 70 5c 2b 3e 44 6a f5 dd 5a 2a 1b 55 9f 91 31 52″ />

<signer type=”X509SignerFromStore” storeName=”My” storeLocation=”LocalMachine” key=”SerialNumber” value=”a89369e6705c2b3e446af5dd5a2a1b559f913152″ />

<signer type=”X509SignerFromStore” storeName=”My” storeLocation=”LocalMachine” key=”SubjectName” value=”MyFancyApp” />

KanBo API for developers

Parameters required for KanBo API object creation:

  • kanboUrl – base url of KanBo web (example: “https://kanboapp.developer.local”)
  • instanceId – id of an KanBo instance (only for KanBo versions lower than 2.7)
  • userId – id of a user our service will impersonate (only for userToken). Example: 1
  • loginName= login of kanbo user  – required for login type security token. Example: “i:0#.w|developer\\administrator”
  • certificatePath – path for the certificate that was registered in KanBo web.config
  • certificatePassword – password to certificate mentioned above
  • duration– it will define for how long the token is valid (after that it’s re-issued)
    – it’s suggested to use the default value, however if your clocks are synchronized, if not, you may consider using [special tokens that synchronize your client with server](https://bitbucket.org/objectconnect/kanbo-additionaltokens)
  • UserToken – if we want our app to work as signed user (AppSignedUser provider)
  • ServiceToken – if we want our app to work as signed service (AppSignedService provider)
  • LoginToken – if we want our app to work as signed user (AppSignedLogin provider)
  • MobileToken

Creating API object

To create our KanBo API object first we need to create a security token. There are several types of tokens.

Types of tokens

Here are examples of how to create all token types:

  • Generating token for user scope
var loginToken = new LoginToken(KanBoIssuers.Login, loginName, TimeSpan.FromMinutes(10), userCer);
  • Generating token for user scope
var userToken = new UserToken(KanBoIssuers.User, userId, TimeSpan.FromMinutes(10), userCer);
  • Generating token for service scope
var serviceToken = new ServiceToken(KanBoIssuers.Service, TimeSpan.FromMinutes(10), userCer);
  • Generating mobile token
var mobileToken = new MobileTokenSource("administrator", "adminpassword", "https://kanboapp.developer.local");

API Requester object

Next, there is a need to create a requester object for our API.


var jsonRequester = new JsonApiRequester(mobileToken, kanboUrl, httpClient);

Create API Object using a chosen requester

The last step is to create API object with use of a chosen requester:

  • Creating API object
var api = new Api(jsonRequester);

KanBo API for developers
  • creating uploader object for file upload
var uploader = new Uploader(kanboUrl, jsonRequester);

Calling methods

All methods in our API can be called in the following manner:

  • Get Groups in a Board
var groups = await api.GetData(KanBoGetDataMethods.GroupsInBoard, new { BoardId = 2 });
  • Get information about this KanBo API methods arguments
var info = await api.GetMethodInfo(KanBoGetDataMethods.Board);
  • Get current user
var usr = await api.GetData(KanBoGetDataMethods.CurrentUser, new { });
  • Getting a board
 var board = await api.GetData(KanBoGetDataMethods.Board, new { Id = 2 });
  • Uploading a file to Board and attaching it to card
 await Upload(145, uploader, api);

Available methods

There are 2 types of KanBo API methods:

– GetData methods

– Actions methods

You can download a document containing a whole list of KanBo API methods by clicking here.