OAuth 2 and OpenID Connect define the authorization grant types by which a client application obtains an authorization grant in the form of an access token. PingOne supports the following grant types:

Authorization code

This grant type is used by web applications. The authorization request generates an authorization code that is exchanged for an access token. For more information, see Authorization request with a code grant.


This grant type is intended for use by native applications or client-side web applications with no server-side component. The implicit grant type is for applications that cannot guarantee the confidentiality of the client secret.

In this flow, the client makes a request to the server’s authorization endpoint. If the request contains the id_token response type and the openid scope, then it is considered an authentication (OpenID Connect) request, and an ID token is issued. For more information, see Native and single-page applications.

Client credentials

This grant type is made directly to the token endpoint and is used to request an access token for either:

The client uses HTTP basic authentication with its client ID and client secret to authenticate itself to the token endpoint and must specify a Content-Type of application/x-www-form-urlencoded. For more information, see Obtain an access token.

Refresh token

This grant type is used by applications to exchange the refresh token for a new access token. It gives applications the ability to acquire a valid access token without additional interaction. For more information, see Obtain an access token.