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How to obtain an API key

The following example explains how to obtain an API key that you can use to validate API calls to a target service proxied through Apigee Adapter for Envoy.

1. Log in to Apigee

  1. Open the Apigee UI in a browser.
  2. Once your in the UI, select the same organization that you used to configure Apigee Adapter for Envoy.

2. Create a Developer

You can use an existing developer for testing, or create a new one as follows:

  1. Select Publish > Developers in the side navigation menu.
  2. Click + Developer.
  3. Fill out the dialog to create a new developer. You can use any developer name/email that you wish.

3. Create an API Product

Follow the Product creation example provided below. See also About the API product configuration.

  1. Select Publish > API Products in the side navigation menu.
  2. Click + API Product.
  3. Fill out the Product details page as follows. Do not click Save until instructed to do so.
  4. Field Value
    Name httpbin-product
    Display Name httpbin product
    Environment your_environment

    Set this to the environment you used when you provisioned Apigee Adapter for Envoy with the apigee-remote-service-cli.

    Access Private
    Quota 5 requests every 1 minute

    See also Understanding quotas.

  5. In the Apigee remote service targets section, click Add an Apigee remote service target.
  6. In the Apigee remote service target dialog, add the following values:
    Attribute Value Description
    Target name Enter the name of the target service. For example: httpbin.org The target endpoint fronted by the Envoy proxy.
    API proxy remote-service The remote-service proxy that was provisioned on Apigee during the Envoy Adapter installation.
    Path Enter a /resource_path to match a specific path. For example: /httpbin. The request path to match on the target endpoint. API proxy calls to this path will match this API product.

    Edge Public or Private Cloud: The following screenshot shows the properly configured dialog settings for the httpbin.org target, an appropriate configuration for Apigee Edge Public or Private Cloud.

  7. Click Save.

4. Create a Developer App

  1. Select Publish > Apps in the side navigation menu.
  2. Click + App.
  3. Fill out the Developer App page as follows. Do not Save until instructed to do so.
  4. Name httpbin-app
    Display Name httpbin app
    Developer Select the developer you created previously, or pick any developer you wish from the list.
  5. Next, add two products to the app:
    1. First, in the Credentials section, click + Add product and select the product you just configured: httpbin-product.
    2. Then, add the remote-service product. This product was created automatically when you provisioned Apigee.
  6. Click Create.
  7. Under Credentials, click Show next to the Key.
  8. Copy the value of the Consumer Key. This value is the API key that you will use to make API calls to the httpbin service.

About API products

API Products are the primary control point for the Apigee Remote Service. When you create an API Product and bind it to a target service, you're creating a policy that will be applied to any requests that you configure your Apigee Adapter for Envoy to handle.

API Product definition

When you define an API Product in Apigee, you can set a number of parameters that will be used to evaluate requests:

  • Target
  • Request path
  • Quota
  • OAuth scopes

Remote Service Targets

The API Product definition will apply to a request if the request matches both the target binding (for example, httpbin.org) and the request path (for example /httpbin). A list of potential targets is stored as an attribute on the API Product.

By default, the Apigee Remote Service checks Envoy's special :authority (host) header against its list of targets; however it can be configured to use other headers.

API Resource Path

The entered Path matches according to the following rules:

  • A single slash (/) by itself matches any path.
  • * is valid anywhere and matches within a segment (between slashes).
  • ** is valid at the end and matches anything to the end of line.


A quota specifies the number of request messages that an app is allowed to submit to an API over the course of an hour, day, week, or month. When an app reaches its quota limit, subsequent API calls are rejected.

Quota use cases

Quotas allow you to enforce the number of requests a client can make to a service in a given amount of time. Quotas are often used to enforce business contracts or SLAs with developers and partners, rather than for operational traffic management. For example, a quota might be used to limit traffic for a free service, while allowing full access for paying customers.

Quota is defined in an API Product

Quota parameters are configured in API Products. For example, when you create an API Product, you can optionally set the allowed quota limit, time unit, and interval.

Because API keys map back to API Products, each time an API key is verified the appropriate quota counter can be decremented (if a Quota is defined in the associated Product).

Unlike within the Apigee runtime, Quotas entered in the Product definition are automatically enforced by the Apigee Remote Service. If the request is authorized, the request will counted against the allowed quota.

Where quotas are maintained

Quotas are maintained and checked locally by the Remote Service process and asynchronously maintained with Apigee Runtime. This means the quotas are not precised and likely to have some overrun if you have more than one Remote Service that is maintaining the quota. If the connection to Apigee Runtime is disrupted, the local quota will continue as a stand-alone quota until such time as it can reconnect to the Apigee Runtime.

OAuth Scopes

If you're using JWT tokens, you may restrict the tokens to subsets of the allowed OAuth scopes. The scopes assigned to your issued JWT token will be checked against the API Product's scopes.

About Developer apps

Once you've configured your API Products, you will create an App associated with a Developer. The app allows a client access to the associated API Products with an API Key or JWT Token.

Using JWT based authentication

You can use a JWT token to make authenticated API proxy calls instead of using an API key. This section explains how to use the apigee-remote-service-cli token command to create, inspect, and rotate JWT tokens.


JWT verification and authentication is handled by Envoy using its JWT Authentication Filter.

Once authenticated, the Envoy ext-authz filter sends the request headers and JWT to apigee-remote-service-envoy. It matches the JWT's api_product_list and scope claims against Apigee API Products to authorize it against the target of the request.

Creating Apigee JWT tokens

Apigee JWT Tokens can be created using the CLI:

apigee-remote-service-cli token create -c config.yaml --id $KEY --secret $SECRET

Or by using the standard OAuth token endpoint. Curl example:

curl https://org-env.apigee.net/remote-service/token -d '{"client_id":"myclientid","client_secret":"myclientsecret","grant_type":"client_credentials"}' -H "Content-type: application/json"

Using the JWT token

Once you have the token, you simply pass it to Envoy in the Authorization header. Example:

curl localhost:8080/httpbin/headers -i -H "Authorization:Bearer $TOKEN"

JWT token failure

Envoy rejection

If Envoy rejects the token, you may see a message like:

Jwks remote fetch is failed

If so, ensure that your Envoy configuration contains a valid URI in the remote_jwks section, that it's reachable by Envoy, and that you properly set the certificates when you installed the Apigee proxy. You should be able to call the URI directly with a GET call and receive a valid JSON response.


curl https://myorg-eval-test.apigee.net/remote-service/certs

Other messages from Envoy may look like:

  • "Audiences in Jwt are not allowed"
  • "Jwt issuer is not configured"

These are from requirements in your Envoy configuration that you may need to modify.

Inspect a token

You can use the CLI to inspect your token. Example

apigee-remote-service-cli -c config.yaml token inspect -f path/to/file


apigee-remote-service-cli -c config.yaml token inspect <<< $TOKEN


See Valid API key fails.


You can adjust the logging level on the $REMOTE_SERVICE_HOME/apigee-remote-service-envoy service. All logging is sent to stderr.

Element Required Description
-l, --log-level Valid levels: debug, info, warn, error. Adjusts the logging level. Default: info
-j, --json-log Emits log output as JSON records.

Envoy provides logging. For more information, see the following Envoy documentation links:

Using a network proxy

An HTTP proxy can be inserted by using the HTTP_PROXY and HTTPS_PROXY environment variables in the environment of the apigee-remote-service-envoy binary. When using these, the NO_PROXY environment variable can also be used to exclude specific hosts from being sent through the proxy.


Remember that the proxy must be reachable from apigee-remote-service-envoy.

About metrics and analytics

A Prometheus metrics endpoint is available at :5001/metrics. You can configure this port number. See Configuration file.

Envoy analytics

The following links provide information on obtaining Envoy proxy analytics data:

Istio analytics

The following links provide information on obtaining Envoy proxy analytics data:

Apigee analytics

Apigee Remote Service for Envoy sends request statistics to Apigee for analytics processing. Apigee reports these requests under the associated API Product name.

For information about Apigee analytics, see Analytics services overview.