I'm making an application in C# and I need to both search and post answers, so I need an access token.

I found some information, libraries, and code pieces:

I registered my application and I have a client ID. But, when I surf the following, I get a 500 error:


The page says:

This app needs these permissions
•Perpetual access to this data
•To know what your accounts are on the Stack Exchange network

My c# code is:

string url2 = "https://stackexchange.com/oauth/dialog?client_id=3408&scope=no_expiry&redirect_uri=https://stackexchange.com/oauth/login_success"; 

HttpWebRequest requestLog = (HttpWebRequest)HttpWebRequest.Create(url2);

using (HttpWebResponse responseLog = (HttpWebResponse)requestLog.GetResponse())
    NameValueCollection urlParameters = HttpUtility.ParseQueryString(responseLog.ResponseUri.Query);

    // extract the access token from the url.

    string accessToken = urlParameters["access_token"];

OR :

string url="https://stackexchange.com/oauth/dialog?client_id=3408&scope=no_expiry&redirect_uri=https://stackexchange.com/oauth/login_success";
HttpWebRequest request = WebRequest.Create(url) as HttpWebRequest;

using (HttpWebResponse response = request.GetResponse() as HttpWebResponse)
    StreamReader reader = new StreamReader(response.GetResponseStream());

    string vals = reader.ReadToEnd();

    foreach (string token in vals.Split('&'))
        tokens.Add(token.Substring(0, token.IndexOf("=")),
            token.Substring(token.IndexOf("=") + 1, token.Length - token.IndexOf("=") - 1));

string access_token = tokens["access_token"];

I searched in the net and couldn't find a good article about that. Please let me know what I need to make this work.

1 Answer 1


In a nutshell and don't know ask me how to write this in C#:

  1. That first "500 error" page is normal. You must display that to the user and the user must approve.
  2. When the user approves, the page will redirect to a page (nominally stackexchange.com/oauth/login_success) with the access_token in the URL parameters. For example:

  3. Extract that access_token (aJHxxxxx6ALzmg7Kc1gc9Q)) in our example) and then you can use it in subsequent HTTP POSTs until it expires or until the user de-authorizes your app.

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