Service accounts

Feature availability This feature is available with Business and Enterprise plans. See pricing plans for more details.


You can set up a service account, to be used for continuous integration (CI) and other automation purposes without using a Snyk user’s token.
Service accounts are a special type of system user that has only an API token associated with it, substituting for standard user credentials. Use this token to provide credentials for accessing your Snyk account when setting up integration with your development tools and when working with the Snyk CLI and API.
You can generate single or multiple tokens on the Organization or Group levels to manage your integrations. Use Group-level tokens to access group API endpoints, organization API endpoints, and the CLI for all organizations in the Group.
Each service account has a unique name to make it easier to recognize. This name cannot be re-used.

Using service accounts

By using a service account token, you can:
  • Create multiple tokens for different uses or integrations, to manage each separately.
  • Ensure seamless integrations, for example, when employees change roles or close their Snyk accounts.
Roles are only for service accounts on the Group level and are only for paid accounts.
Service accounts can be used for GitHub Enterprise integrations. If your team needs to set up a service account in GitHub, the service account must be set up as a GitHub Enterprise integration. GHE is only available through Snyk Enterprise accounts.

Set up a Group or Organization level service account

Generate single or multiple tokens on the Group or Organization levels to manage your integrations.

Prerequisites for setting up a service account

To create a Group service account you must be a Group admin. To create an Organization service account you may be an Org admin or a Group admin.
This process describes all options. Repeat the steps to create multiple tokens for the same or any other Group or Organization.

How to set up a Group or Organization service account

  • Log in to your account and navigate to the relevant Group and Organization that you want to manage.
  • Click on settings
    > Service accounts to view existing service accounts and their details.
  • Click Create a service account to create a new one. The screen that loads varies depending on whether you chose a Group or an Organization.
Note that while creating a Group service account, you can choose a Group level role.
Group settings
In contrast, while creating an Organization service account you can choose Org level roles, including custom roles that you have set up for your Organizations.
Organization settings

Enter a service account name

In the Service Account name field, enter a unique name for this token. Remember this name can be used only once for tokens in the same area, either an Organization or a Group.
Service account name and role

Select a role

From the Role dropdown list, select an appropriate role.
For Group service accounts, choose from the following list of roles to configure the scope of the token; Snyk recommends selecting Viewer or Admin.
  • Group Viewer enables read-only access. Note that to set an API token to be read-only and unable to write to the platform, you must use a service account and set it to Group Viewer. See Snyk API token permissions users can control.
  • Group Admin enables full administrator access.
  • Group Member associates a service account to a group but does not grant any specific access.
For Organization service accounts, choose from the standard roles, Org Admin or Org Collaborator, or a custom role if you have any set up. See Managing permissions for the scope of the Org Admin and Org Collaborator roles.

Create the service account

Click Create.
The token is generated and displayed.
Make sure you copy this token as you won’t see it again. You can click Close and Hide once you've copied the token; whether you do or not, when you navigate away from this page the token will no longer be visible. This is a security standard to keep your tokens safe.

How the token is associated with a Group and Organizations

The new token is also added to your Existing service accounts list, like the list in this example:
Existing service accounts for a Group
In addition, if you created the token for the entire Group with a Group Admin role, the token also appears in the Existing service accounts list for each of its Organizations, though it can only be edited at the Group level.
Existing accounts for an organization
If you created the token from an Organization that is part of a group, the token now also appears in the Existing service account list on the Group level, where the Group Admin can also change the token name or delete it.
Group service accounts with Organization accounts listed

Update the name for a service account token

Click any of the links to update the name for a service account token:
  • For Group-level tokens, from the Group level only
  • For Organization-level tokens, from the relevant Organization and also from the Group level:
Update a service account name

Edit and delete a service account

Administrators can change token names and delete tokens.

What happens to the service account token for a deleted account

When you delete a service account, the API token associated with it is invalidated immediately.
When an account is managed with Groups, the Organization and the Group admins can delete tokens for the Organization; only Group admins can view and manage tokens on the Group level.
Deleting a service account is the same as revoking the API token.

How to edit or delete a service account

  • Log in to your account and navigate to the Group and Organization that you want to manage.
    For Group tokens, navigate to the Group level. For Organization tokens, group admins can delete from either the Group or the relevant Organization; Organization admins should navigate to the relevant Organization.
  • Click on settings
    > Service accounts.
  • Scroll to find the list of existing service accounts:
Existing service accounts for a Group
  • From the list of existing tokens:
    • Click the token name to navigate to change the token name and click Save.
    • Click Delete to delete a token and invalidate it immediately. When prompted, click OK. Remember that you cannot re-generate the same token.