Status 500 Error


I think I’ve followed the instructions pretty well, but can’t get past the first step of getting the access token. I created a new client & API keys:


// Set up the API endpoint URLs
$token_url = '';
$user_url = '';

// Set up the HTTP headers
$headers = [
    'Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded',

// Set up the POST data to obtain the access token
$token_data = [
    'grant_type' => 'client_credentials',
    'client_id' => 'REDACTED',
    'client_secret' => 'REDACTED',

// Send the request to obtain the access token
$ch = curl_init($token_url);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, $headers);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, true);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, http_build_query($token_data));
$token_response = curl_exec($ch);

However, if gives a status 500 on the token response variable:

[{“code”:null,“code_name”:“InternalError”,“detail”:“An unrecoverable internal server error has occurred.”,“id”:“01f960b8…”,“status”:“500”,“title”:“Internal Error.”}]}"

I’m not sure if this matters, but I’m running this on localhost with XAMPP. Any ideas? I’ve double checked the client_id and client_secret and they are correct.

I would be grateful for any suggestions!

edit: Is the access token that is returned the same as the “Creator’s Access Token”? If so, can I just use this directly? I’m sorry, I’m very new to this. I’m simply trying to find out if someone is a Patreon member or not every time they login to my site.

Using localhost in your redirect uri should fail. Try an IP or a dynamic url.

The creator access token is generated when you create your app. The token that you get from going through the oauth flow should have the scopes that you ask permission for during the authorization. These may be exact scopes that a creator token has, if you request the same permissions.

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