ThingWorx Flow > Creating and Managing Connections
Creating and Managing Connections
Connections are grants by an account owner to authorize the ThingWorx server access to capabilities of a third-party application service. They allow actions and triggers to access data from external systems.
A connection uses any standard other than Open Authorization (OAuth) for authentication. For example: Basic, form-based, App Keys, and so on. Connections are a combination of a system identifier (URL) and account credentials to be used to access a system.
Each connection is owned by the user who creates it. By default, only the creator can view, use, edit, or delete connections. Every user, including the Administrator user and all members of the Administrator group, can own connections. The Administrator user and any member of the Administrator group cannot view, use, edit, or delete any private connection created by another user.
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Authorization names and connection names must be unique across all connectors, regardless the type (authorization/connection).
Creating Connections
While configuring an action or trigger for a connector that does not use OAuth, use one of the following options to create a connection:
From the ThingWorx Flow Settings Page
To create a connection from the ThingWorx Flow Settings page, do the following:
1. On the ThingWorx Flow Settings page, click CONNECTED ACCOUNTS > Connections, and click .
2. In the Add Connection window, search for and select the connector for which you want to add the connection.
Some actions may have more than one connection type. For example, ThingWorx connections are either a ThingWorx Basic Connection or a ThingWorx App Key Connection. Select the appropriate type of connection before adding a connection.
3. In the Connection Label field, enter a name for the connection and provide your credentials to access the third-party system, and click SAVE. The new connection is added to the system and can be used in any action or trigger.
From the Workflow
To create a connection from the workflow, do the following:
1. Select one of the following options:
If the action or trigger supports authorizations and connections, then in the Select an Authentication Scheme list, select the appropriate connection type.
If the action or trigger supports more than one connection type, then in the Authentication Type list, select the appropriate connection type.
For example: Basic or App Key
2. In the <Connector> Connection list, select Add New.
3. In the Connection Label field, enter a name for the connection and provide your credentials to access the third-party system, and click ADD. The new connection is added to the system and can be used in any action or trigger.
Managing Connections
You can manage connections in one of the following ways:
Test, edit, share or delete any connection in the ThingWorx Flow system from the ThingWorx Flow Settings page.
For more information about managing connections, see Managing connections on the ThingWorx Flow Settings page.
View and remove connections used in a specific workflow from the Workflow Settings page.