Partner access through Microsoft Defender for Endpoint APIs

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This page describes how to create a Microsoft Entra application to get programmatic access to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on behalf of your customers.

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint exposes much of its data and actions through a set of programmatic APIs. Those APIs help you automate work flows and innovate based on Microsoft Defender for Endpoint capabilities. The API access requires OAuth2.0 authentication. For more information, see OAuth 2.0 Authorization Code Flow.

In general, you need to take the following steps to use the APIs:

  • Create a multi-tenant Microsoft Entra application.
  • Get authorized(consent) by your customer administrator for your application to access Defender for Endpoint resources it needs.
  • Get an access token using this application.
  • Use the token to access Microsoft Defender for Endpoint API.

The following steps guide you how to create a Microsoft Entra application, get an access token to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and validate the token.

Create the multitenant app

  1. Sign in to your Azure tenant with user that has Global Administrator role.

  2. Navigate to Microsoft Entra ID > App registrations > New registration.

    The navigation to application registration pane

  3. In the registration form:

    • Choose a name for your application.

    • Supported account types - accounts in any organizational directory.

    • Redirect URI - type: Web, URI:

      The Microsoft Azure partner application registration page

  4. Allow your Application to access Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and assign it with the minimal set of permissions required to complete the integration.

    • On your application page, select API Permissions > Add permission > APIs my organization uses > type WindowsDefenderATP and select on WindowsDefenderATP.

    • Note that WindowsDefenderATP doesn't appear in the original list. Start writing its name in the text box to see it appear.

      The Add a permission option

Request API permissions

To determine which permission you need, review the Permissions section in the API you're interested to call. For instance:

In the following example we use 'Read all alerts' permission:

  1. Choose Application permissions > Alert.Read.All > select on Add permissions

    The option that allows to add a permission

  2. Select Grant consent

    • Note: Every time you add permission you must select on Grant consent for the new permission to take effect.

    The option that allows consent to be granted

  3. Add a secret to the application.

    • Select Certificates & secrets, add description to the secret and select Add.

    Important: After you select Add, make sure to copy the generated secret value. You won't be able to retrieve it after you leave!

    The create app key

  4. Write down your application ID:

    • On your application page, go to Overview and copy the following information:

      The create application's ID

  5. Add the application to your customer's tenant.

    You need your application to be approved in each customer tenant where you intend to use it. This approval is necessary because your application interacts with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint application on behalf of your customer.

    A user with Global Administrator from your customer's tenant need to select the consent link and approve your application.

    Consent link is of the form:

    Where 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000 should be replaced with your Application ID

    After clicking on the consent link, sign in with the Global Administrator of the customer's tenant and consent the application.

    The Accept button

    In addition, you'll need to ask your customer for their tenant ID and save it for future use when acquiring the token.

  6. Done! You successfully registered an application! See the following examples for token acquisition and validation.

Get an access token example

Note: To get access token on behalf of your customer, use the customer's tenant ID on the following token acquisitions.

For more information on Microsoft Entra token, see Microsoft Entra tutorial.

Using PowerShell

# That code gets the App Context Token and save it to a file named "Latest-token.txt" under the current directory
# Paste below your Tenant ID, App ID and App Secret (App key).

$tenantId = '' ### Paste your tenant ID here
$appId = '' ### Paste your Application ID here
$appSecret = '' ### Paste your Application key here

$resourceAppIdUri = ''
$oAuthUri = "$TenantId/oauth2/token"
$authBody = [Ordered] @{
    resource = "$resourceAppIdUri"
    client_id = "$appId"
    client_secret = "$appSecret"
    grant_type = 'client_credentials'
$authResponse = Invoke-RestMethod -Method Post -Uri $oAuthUri -Body $authBody -ErrorAction Stop
$token = $authResponse.access_token
Out-File -FilePath "./Latest-token.txt" -InputObject $token
return $token

Using C#

The below code was tested with Nuget Microsoft.Identity.Client


The Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory NuGet package and Azure AD Authentication Library (ADAL) have been deprecated. No new features have been added since June 30, 2020. We strongly encourage you to upgrade, see the migration guide for more details.

  • Create a new Console Application

  • Install NuGet Microsoft.Identity.Client

  • Add the below using

    using Microsoft.Identity.Client;
  • Copy/Paste the below code in your application (don't forget to update the three variables: tenantId, appId, and appSecret)

    string tenantId = "00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"; // Paste your own tenant ID here
    string appId = "11111111-1111-1111-1111-111111111111"; // Paste your own app ID here
    string appSecret = "22222222-2222-2222-2222-222222222222"; // Paste your own app secret here for a test, and then store it in a safe place! 
    const string authority =;
    const string audience =;
    IConfidentialClientApplication myApp = ConfidentialClientApplicationBuilder.Create(appId).WithClientSecret(appSecret).WithAuthority($"{authority}/{tenantId}").Build();
    List<string> scopes = new List<string>() { $"{audience}/.default" };
    AuthenticationResult authResult = myApp.AcquireTokenForClient(scopes).ExecuteAsync().GetAwaiter().GetResult();
    string token = authResult.AccessToken;

Using Python

Refer to Get token using Python.

Using Curl


The below procedure supposed Curl for Windows is already installed on your computer

  1. Open a command window.

  2. Set CLIENT_ID to your Azure application ID.

  3. Set CLIENT_SECRET to your Azure application secret.

  4. Set TENANT_ID to the Azure tenant ID of the customer that wants to use your application to access Microsoft Defender for Endpoint application.

  5. Run the following command:

    curl -i -X POST -H "Content-Type:application/x-www-form-urlencoded" -d "grant_type=client_credentials" -d "client_id=%CLIENT_ID%" -d "scope=" -d "client_secret=%CLIENT_SECRET%" "" -k

    You get an answer of the form:

    {"token_type":"Bearer","expires_in":3599,"ext_expires_in":0,"access_token":"eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJSUzI1NiIsIn <truncated> aWReH7P0s0tjTBX8wGWqJUdDA"}

Validate the token

Confirm you received a correct token.

  1. Copy/paste into JWT the token you get in the previous step in order to decode it.

  2. Confirm you get a 'roles' claim with the desired permissions.

    In the following screenshot, you can see a decoded token acquired from an Application with multiple permissions to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint:

    The "tid" claim is the tenant ID the token belongs to.

    The token validation page

Use the token to access Microsoft Defender for Endpoint API

  1. Choose the API you want to use. For more information, see Supported Microsoft Defender for Endpoint APIs.

  2. Set the Authorization header in the Http request you send to "Bearer {token}" (Bearer is the Authorization scheme). The Expiration time of the token is 1 hour (you can send more than one request with the same token).

    Here's an example of sending a request to get a list of alerts using C#

    var httpClient = new HttpClient();
    var request = new HttpRequestMessage(HttpMethod.Get, "");
    request.Headers.Authorization = new AuthenticationHeaderValue("Bearer", token);
    var response = httpClient.SendAsync(request).GetAwaiter().GetResult();
     // Do something useful with the response

See also


Do you want to learn more? Engage with the Microsoft Security community in our Tech Community: Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Tech Community.