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What Is a Refresh Token?

A refresh token is a special token that is used to generate additional access tokens. This allows you to have short-lived access tokens without having to collect credentials every single time one expires. You request this token alongside the access and/or ID tokens as part of a user's initial authentication flow.

Setting Up Your Application

Refresh tokens are available for a subset of Okta OAuth 2.0 Client Applications, specifically web or native applications. For more about creating an OpenID Connect application see our OAuth 2.0 and OIDC overview.

After you have an application, you need to make sure that the "Allowed grant types" include "Refresh Token".

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