Read-Only API Key


Is there a read-only API key available, or this is this part of the “Granular Access” that is coming soon?


Hey Ken,

We don’t have a read-only API key just yet, but this is something we’ll likely do. CC’ing @Alexander_Sorokin, who is the engineer behind the Airtable API.


Hi Ken,

For now, you can create a separate “API user” and share the base with them as read-only. That user’s API key will only have read access to the base.



Thanks, Andrew and Alexander!
We’ll give it a try.

BTW, are there resources/examples/tutorials on use of API besides the auto-generated API doc?


Nothing changed on this? It’s been 4 years now from this answer. I think it’s quite overkilling to create a new user just to call de API with read-only permissions.


I’m also very interested in this to be able to use Airtable from the browser without sharing credentials. There is a way to “SHARE” a Read-only link to the Full database! Is there a way to do exactly the same via the API?