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I'm trying to get an authorization token using the Username-Password flow (as described in the final section of this article).

I'm sending the following request (using Python's httplib, in case that's relevant):

https://login.salesforce.com/services/oauth2/token

POST data:

username=<un>&client_secret=<consumer_secret>&password=<pw+token>&grant_type=password&client_id=<consumer_key>

And getting the response:

400 Bad Request

{"error":"unsupported_grant_type","error_description":"grant type not supported"}

Is the password grant_type really unsupported, or am I missing something? It seems to give this error even when I'm sending a grant_type that definitely does work (such as authorization_code).

Note that I've tried the suggestions in the answer here, and they don't work for me.

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Actually, this is because of the content-type header which has not been set to the correct value.

It should actually be set as:

application/x-www-form-urlencoded.

Also, you need to make sure that your parameters are correctly encoded.
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