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Box Skills Payload

Box Skills Payload

When a new file is uploaded, copied, or moved to a folder monitored by a Skills app, the invocation URL that was specified during application setup and authentication will receive an event payload from Box.

The event payload will contain all information needed to read in the content of the uploaded file to send to a processing system, such as a machine learning system, and to write metadata back to the file once the processing system has completed.

Example payload and reference

Access Tokens

Every Skills payload includes a set of Access Tokens that can be used to access the file that triggered the event.

{
  ...
  "token": {
    "write": {
      "access_token": "c3FIOG9vSGV4VHo4QzAyg5T1JvNnJoZ3ExaVNyQWw6WjRsanRKZG5lQk9qUE1BVQ",
      "expires_in": 1540924150,
      "restricted_to": ...,
      "token_type": "bearer"
    },
    "read": {
      "access_token": "Z3ExaVNyQWw6WjRsanRKZG5lQk9qUE1BVQc3FIOG9vSGV4VHo4QzAyg5T1JvNnJo",
      "expires_in": 1540924150,
      "restricted_to": ...,
      "token_type": "bearer"
    }
  },
  ...
}

The token.write.access_token can be used to write metadata to the file, while the token.read.access_token can be only used to read the file content. The read-only token is useful when creating a download URL for the file which can then be shared with other services.

Downloadable file URL

Many machine learning services support directly passing a file URL to that service for processing. To create a download URL for a Box file, you will need to parse the token.read.access_token as well as the source.id from the event payload.

{
  ...
  "source": {
    "type": "file",
    "id": 12345,
  },
  "token": {
    ...
    "read": {
      "access_token": "Z3ExaVNyQWw6WjRsanRKZG5lQk9qUE1BVQc3FIOG9vSGV4VHo4QzAyg5T1JvNnJo",
      "expires_in": 1540924150,
      "restricted_to": ...,
      "token_type": "bearer"
    }
  },
  ...
}

The download URL for a file can be constructed as follows.

https://api.box.com/2.0/files/{source.id}/content?access_token={token.read.access_token}

In our example, this URL would be as follows.

https://api.box.com/2.0/files/12345/content?access_token=Z3ExaVNyQWw6WjRsanRKZG5lQk9qUE1BVQc3FIOG9vSGV4VHo4QzAyg5T1JvNnJo