I am trying to generate a token in Excel VBA to add data to a table on our server.

I am using the following code to generate my token:

Dim tokenHTTP As Object
Set tokenHTTP = CreateObject("MSXML2.ServerXMLHTTP")
Dim tokenJSON As String
tokenJSON = "[{""f"" : ""json"", ""username"" : ""username"", ""password"" : ""password"", ""client"" : ""requestip"", ""expiration"" : 1}]"
Dim tokenURL As String
tokenURL = "https://myserver/arcgis/tokens/generateToken"    
tokenHTTP.Open "POST", tokenURL, False    
tokenHTTP.setRequestHeader "Content-type", "application/json"
tokenHTTP.send (tokenJSON)

The response is a link to the token usage page.

Can anyone help me with this?

  • Can you please clarify exactly what your question is? For example, which part of the above code is not working? Jul 11, 2017 at 3:32
  • @StephenLead I believe my json string is incorrect
    – preardon
    Jul 11, 2017 at 8:10
  • 1
    Do you need the double set of quotes? Also, this is a GET not a POST right?
    – enolan
    Jul 11, 2017 at 15:34

2 Answers 2


I'm not a VBA user so I can't help with those aspects. But as noted in your comment, your JSON string looks incorrect so you should start there.

There's no need for the [], the quotes around the entire object, or the double-quotes on the parameters. Try something like this:

tokenJSON = {
  "f": "json",
  "username": "username", 
  "password": "password",
  "client": "requestip",
  "expiration": 1

(I've put it on separate lines to make it more readable, but the line breaks are not required.)

A tip is to use the site http://json.parser.online.fr/ to validate your JSON - this indicates that the above code is valid:

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And as noted in the other comment you may need to check whether this is a GET or a POST.


I ended up solving my own question...

The token login parameters must be formatted as a query string:


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