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Error 401 Arduino ESP8266

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Ctreb
Ctreb on 18 Jan 2020
Edited: Christopher Stapels on 20 Apr 2021
Hello,
I tried posting some values from my ESP8266 to thingspeak but it failed with an 401 error.
To be sure that the error was not in my code I tred loading the example code "WriteMultipleFields" with no changes, created a new channel and renewed the API key mulitple times.
This is the error message:
Connected.
ts::setField (field: 1 value: "0")
ts::setField (field: 2 value: "3")
ts::setField (field: 3 value: "31")
ts::setField (field: 4 value: "88")
ts::setStatus(status: field1 is less than field2")
Connect to default ThingSpeak: api.thingspeak.com:80...Success.
ts::writeFields (channelNumber: 964373 writeAPIKey: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Got Status of 200
Content Length: 1
Found end of header
Response: "0"
Entry ID "0" (0)
disconnected.
Problem updating channel. HTTP error code -401
Any suggestions on what could be wrong?

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Vinod
Vinod on 22 Jan 2020
Are you still seeing a '0' response code to your requests to update a channel?
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Ctreb
Ctreb on 22 Jan 2020
Thanks, statuscode 2 now and updtes works as expected.

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Christopher Stapels
Christopher Stapels on 21 Jan 2020
Edited: Christopher Stapels on 22 Jan 2020
Are you able to update your channel from a web browser?
Use the format
https://api.thingspeak.com/update?api_key=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx$field1=432
On the Error Codes page you can see the 401 is authorization required. Since ThingSpeak has a lot of API keys, it is possible that you grabbed the wrong key. Be sure its the channel write api key from the api keys tabl of the channel view.
Let us know if that works. If not, we can look into it further.

Ctreb
Ctreb on 21 Jan 2020
Hello,
Response code 0 and no update.

David Bird
David Bird on 23 Mar 2020
Edited: David Bird on 23 Mar 2020
Hello,
I'm also getting 401 authriosation errors when using the Bulk update API:
The delta-time version works OK:
{
"write_api_key": "WRITE_API_KEY",
"updates": [{
"delta_t": 4,
"field1": 1.0,
"field2": "2.0"
},
{
"delta_t": 2,
"field1": 1.1,
"field2": 2.2,
"elevation": 6,
"status": "Good"
}
]
}
But the absolute time version does not:
{
"write_api_key": "WRITE_API_KEY",
"updates": [{
"created_at": "2020-03-23 09:26:02 -0000",
"field1": "1.0",
"field2": "2.0"
},
{
"created_at": "2020-03-23 10:27:27 -0000",
"field1": "1.1",
"field2": "2.2",
}
]
}
The JSON response from the server is:
{"status":"401","error":{"error_code":"error_auth_required","message":"Authorization Required","details":"Please provide proper authentication details."}}
So in the delta time version the Channel ID and Write key are correct and authorise, but in the absolute time variant they fail - it seems. I'm using
I note others have seen the same problem. It looks like there is an API problem.
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Christopher Stapels
Christopher Stapels on 23 Mar 2020
You have an extra comma in the second example:
"field2": "2.2",
should be
"field2": "2.2"
When I send it without to comma, it works. (with my write key and channel ID).
When I send it with the comma, I get a 400 error, not a 401. Can you check again and report if you are still seeing that error? We definitely want to be sure the correct error is returned.

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David Bird
David Bird on 23 Mar 2020
Actually that was an example from the API and I deleted a field, thereby leaving that stray ',', sorry about that. Heres a copy of my upload:
{
"write_api_key": "WRITE_API_KEY",
"updates": [{
"created_at": "2020-03-23 19:01:26 -0000",
"field1": 20.0,
"field2": 51.7,
"field3": 1026
},
{
"created_at": "2020-03-23 19:02:28 -0000",
"field1": 20.1
"field2": 51.7
"field3": 1026
}
]
}
Which returns 401 authroisation required.
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Christopher Stapels
Christopher Stapels on 19 Apr 2021
@David BirdYou seem to be missing the API key in the latest version just above.

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Cosimo Carbonelli
Cosimo Carbonelli on 25 Jul 2020
Sorry I have the same problem.
The content that i send through a POST to https://api.thingspeak.com/channels/MYCHANNELID/bulk_update.json is
{
"write_api_key": "MYAPIKEY",
"updates": [{
"created_at": "2020-07-24 11:34:28 -0738",
"field2": -68,
"field3": 25.4,
"field4": 1005,
"field5": 118,
"field6": 0,
"field7": 0
}]
}
and the error that I get is
{
"status": "401",
"error": {
"error_code": "error_auth_required",
"message": "Authorization Required",
"details": "Please provide proper authentication details."
}
}
but if I made GET requests using
it's all right.
What's wrong?
many thanks
Cosimo
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Cosimo Carbonelli
Cosimo Carbonelli on 26 Jul 2020
Hi,
I found by myself the answer.
The problem was in the way I have built the json variable (in my Node RED environment). So it was a JavaScript problem and not a ThingSpeak API problem.
sorry
Cosimo

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