Workday Authenticate an Element

You can authenticate with Workday to create your own instance of the Workday element through the UI or through APIs. Once authenticated, you can use the element instance to access the different functionality offered by the Workday platform.

Authenticate Through the UI

Use the UI to authenticate with Workday and create an element instance as described in Authenticate an Element Instance (UI). In addition to the base authentication parameters, you will need to have the prerequisites and additional information listed in API Provider Setup.

After successfully authenticating, we give you several options for next steps. Make requests using the API docs associated with the instance, map the instance to a virtual data resource, or use it in a formula template.

Authenticate Through API

Send a request to our /instances endpoint to authenticate an element instance. When finished note the token and id.

To authenticate an element instance:

  1. Construct a JSON body as shown below (see Parameters):

      "element": {
        "key": "workday"
      "configuration": {
        "username": "<INSERT_WORKDAY_USERNAME>",
        "password": "<INSERT_WORKDAY_PASSWORD>",
        "workday.hostname": "<INSERT_WORKDAY_HOSTNAME>",
        "workday.tenant": "<INSERT_WORKDAY_TENANT_NAME>",
        "workday.version": "<INSERT_WORKDAY_VERSION>",
        "workday.service": "<INSERT_WORKDAY_SERVICE>"
      "tags": [
      "name": "<INSERT_INSTANCE_NAME>"
  2. Call the following, including the JSON body you constructed in the previous step:

    POST /instances
    Note: Make sure that you include the User and Organization keys in the header. For more information, see Authorization Headers, Organization Secret, and User Secret.
  3. Locate the token and id in the response and save them for all future requests using the element instance.

Example cURL

curl -X POST \ \
  -H 'authorization: User <USER_SECRET>, Organization <ORGANIZATION_SECRET>' \
  -H 'content-type: application/json' \
  -d '{
  "element": {
    "key": "workday"
  "configuration": {
    "username": "<INSERT_WORKDAY_USERNAME>",
    "password": "<INSERT_WORKDAY_PASSWORD>",
    "workday.hostname": "<INSERT_WORKDAY_HOSTNAME>",
    "workday.tenant": "<INSERT_WORKDAY_TENANT_NAME>",
    "workday.version": "<INSERT_WORKDAY_VERSION>",
    "workday.service": "<INSERT_WORKDAY_SERVICE>"
  "tags": [
  "name": "API Instance"


API parameters not shown in Cloud Elements 2.0 are in code formatting.

ParameterDescriptionData Type
keyThe element key
The name of the element instance created during authenticationstring
User name
The user name for the Workday accountstring
The password for the Workday accountstring
The hostname for the Workday accountstring
Tenant name
The Tenant name for the Workday accountstring
The version of Workday used by the accountstring

The Workday service under which the Workday operation is categorized. This specifies the default service when using the generic /{objectName} APIs, allowing you to pass the operation name instead of the service$operation format.

tagsOptional. User-defined tags to further identify the instance.string

Example Response for an Authenticated Element Instance

In this example, the instance ID is 12345 and the instance token starts with "ABC/D...". The actual values returned to you will be unique: make sure you save them for future requests to this new instance.

  "name":"API Instance",
    "description":"The API can be used to manipulate employee data and to generate reports in several formats.",
    "resources":[  ],
    "parameters":[  ],

  "configuration":{  },