Using API Keys

When calling APIs that do not access private user data, you can use simple API keys. These keys are used to authenticate your application for accounting purposes. The Google API Console documentation also describes API keys.

Note: If you do need to access private user data, you must use OAuth 2.0. See Using OAuth 2.0 for Web Server Applications and Using OAuth 2.0 for Server to Server Applications for more information.

Acquiring API keys

  1. Open the Credentials page in the API Console.
  2. Click Create credentials > API key and select the appropriate key type.

To keep your API keys secure, follow the best practices for securely using API keys.

Using API keys

To use API keys, call the setDeveloperKey() method of the Google_Client object before making any API calls. For example:


A server key can be passed alongside an access token. This will not cause an error, unless the access token and the server key are from different projects.