Scenario: A web app that calls web APIs

Learn how to build a web app that signs users in to the Microsoft identity platform, and then calls web APIs on behalf of the signed-in user.


Before reading this article, you should be familiar with the following concepts:

This scenario assumes that you've already gone through the following scenario:


You add authentication to your web app so that it can sign users in and call a web API on behalf of the signed-in user.

Web app that calls web APIs

Web apps that call web APIs are confidential client applications. That's why they register a secret (an application password or certificate) with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). This secret is passed in during the call to Azure AD to get a token.



Adding sign-in to a web app is about protecting the web app itself. That protection is achieved by using middleware libraries, not the Microsoft Authentication Library (MSAL). The preceding scenario, Web app that signs in users, covered that subject.

This scenario covers how to call web APIs from a web app. You must get access tokens for those web APIs. You use MSAL libraries to acquire these tokens.

Development for this scenario involves these specific tasks:

  • During application registration, you must provide a reply URI, secret, or certificate to be shared with Azure AD. If you deploy your app to several locations, you'll provide this information for each location.
  • The application configuration must provide the client credentials that were shared with Azure AD during application registration.

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