The Dwolla API requires an OAuth access token for authorization. Whether you’re leveraging Dwolla’s Transfer solution for payouts or integrating with the Access API, sometimes you just need an access token for your own account without creating an entire OAuth flow.
Generate an access token for your own Dwolla account
Navigate to the applications page, which contains a list of your created applications. For Production, visit https://www.dwolla.com/applications.
For Sandbox, visit https://dashboard-sandbox.dwolla.com/applications.
Press the create token button located beneath an application to generate a token with the scopes enabled that application.
Important: Keep in mind that Dwolla’s implementation of the OAuth 2.0 standard uses short-lived access tokens and long-lived refresh tokens. The access token will expire one hour after it’s generated and you will have to generate a new one. Eventually, you’ll need to implement a refresh strategy. Reference the OAuth refresh strategies article for more information.
Financial institutions play an important role in the Dwolla network.
Dwolla, Inc. is an agent of Veridian Credit Union and Compass Bank and all funds associated with your account in the Dwolla network are held in pooled accounts at Veridian Credit Union and Compass Bank. These funds are not eligible for individual insurance, including FDIC insurance and may not be eligible for share insurance by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund. Dwolla, Inc. is the operator of a software platform that communicates user instructions for funds transfers to Veridian Credit Union and Compass Bank.