Refresh token with Keycloak


This could very well be a limitation or policy defined by Keycloak. RFC7523 (JWT for Client Authentication) does allow to enable client credentials when JWT authentication is present. This is highlighted from 3.1. Authorization Grant Processing

JWT authorization grants may be used with or without client authentication or identification. Whether or not client authentication is needed in conjunction with a JWT authorization grant, as well as the supported types of client authentication, are policy decisions at the discretion of the authorization server. However, if client credentials are present in the request, the authorization server MUST validate them.

So even if Keycloak support JWT client authentication, it may still require client credentials to be present in the refresh token request. But also, it could be a limitation from their end.

Additionally, token refresh is defined through RFC6749 - The OAuth 2.0 Authorization Framework. According to it's section 6, refresh token request must contain client credentials when client is a confidential client (simply a client which was created with id and a password). If what you seen is not a limitation, then guess Keycloak adhere to RFC6749 and require you to send client credentials in token refresh request.

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Updated on June 05, 2022


  • Sergii Getman
    Sergii Getman 4 months

    I use [JWT for Client Authentication][1] in [Keycloak][2]:

     POST /token.oauth2 HTTP/1.1
     Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
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    I get :


    When I try to refresh token I send refresh_token itself, grant type refresh_token and get:

        "error": "unauthorized_client",
        "error_description": "INVALID_CREDENTIALS: Invalid client credentials"
    when I specify `client_id` I get:
        "error": "invalid_client",
        "error_description": "Parameter client_assertion_type is missing"
    If I specify `client_assertion_type` I get error that `client_assertion` itself is missing, so I literally have to provide parameters I provided when retrieved access token.
    How that refreshing process actually should work?
  • Sergii Getman
    Sergii Getman almost 4 years
    yes, unfortunately client type is confidential and force us sending all creds. thanks a lot!