App registration, authentication and preferences¶
Before you can use the Mastodon API, you have to register your application (which gets you a client key and client secret) and then log in (which gets you an access token) and out (revoking the access token you are logged in with). These functions allow you to do those things. Additionally, it is also possible to programmatically register a new user.
For convenience, once you have a client id, secret and access token, you can simply pass them to the constructor of the class, too!
Note that while it is perfectly reasonable to log back in whenever your app starts, registering a new application on every startup is not, so don’t do that - instead, register an application once, and then persist your client id and secret. A convenient method for this is provided by the functions dealing with registering the app, logging in and the Mastodon classes constructor.