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  • Resolved bohdanwlcm


    Hey community,
    I’m trying to make it possible to create users via REST API using Basic auth.
    But I’m getting this error:

        "code": "rest_cannot_create_user",
        "message": "Sorry, you are not allowed to create new users.",
        "data": {
            "status": 401

    My account has the Admin role.
    What should I do to make it possible to add users via REST API?

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  • Moderator bcworkz


    You need a proper authentication to be able to update the DB. Unless you’re using the default cookie auth, your WP role is not a factor. Useful auth plugins are listed near the bottom of the linked page, including Basic Auth.

    Application Passwords is another alternative, it’s no longer a plugin, it had been incorporated into WP core. Despite what I said earlier, it’s indirectly related to your WP role, or rather the role that created the password. FWIW, this is my go-to choice for authorization.

    Thread Starter bohdanwlcm



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