SharePoint App-Only Policy

App-Only Policy

A user must be a site collection administrator to be able to grant use of the app-only policy. If the app-only policy is granted and the app already has tenant-scoped permissions, then the user must be a tenant administrator to be able to grant use of the app-only policy.  Only apps with web applications running outside of SharePoint can create and pass app-only tokens.

Once app-only policy is enabled, an app can choose to use an app-only policy or it can use the user + app policy token on each request. The italicized section of the following code example shows how an app can get an app + user policy access token.

string contextTokenString = TokenHelper.GetContextTokenFromRequest(Request);
if (contextTokenString != null)
{
     //Get context token.
     SharePointContextToken contextToken =
          TokenHelper.ReadAndValidateContextToken(contextTokenString, Request.Url.Authority);

     Uri sharepointUrl = new Uri(Request.QueryString["SPHostUrl"]);
            //Get App + User access token.
     string accessToken =
          TokenHelper.GetAccessToken(contextToken, sharepointUrl.Authority).AccessToken;

      ClientContext clientContext =
           TokenHelper.GetClientContextWithAccessToken(sharepointUrl.ToString(), accessToken);

      //Do something. 
       ...

      //Get app only access token.
       string appOnlyAccessToken = TokenHelper.GetAppOnlyAccessToken(contextToken.TargetPrincipalName, sharepointUrl.Authority, contextToken.Realm).AccessToken;
      
      //Do something.
         ...
}
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