About Snyk Apps

Snyk Apps are integrations that extend the functionality of the Snyk platform, allowing you to create a Snyk experience to suit your specific needs.

For example, a Snyk App might automate Snyk’s application security testing as part of a build tool. Another Snyk App might stream Snyk’s security testing results into an incident management tool. You can create your own reporting, metrics, or even a user management App. You can move your automated Snyk API scripts and transform them into a Snyk App, which will add a better UX/UI experience for your Snyk Organization users.

The easiest way to start building a new Snyk App is to clone the Demo Snyk Apps GitHub repository. You can either modify the demo to suit your App design or use it as a base for creating your own Snyk App. See the Snyk Apps blog post for more details.

This document describes how to create a new Snyk App in the language of your choice and can be used along with the REST API documentation.

Snyk Apps are based on the Snyk API so that your integrations are inherently stable and secure.

Integrating Apps with Snyk

The Snyk Apps platform uses an OAuth 2.0 authorization flow. This allows your Snyk App to get an access token to act on behalf of the user, depending on the scopes you request. There are many OAuth 2.0 libraries available that will greatly simplify the integration. The Snyk Apps Demo uses the popular JavaScript library passport.js.

See the Snyk OAuth2 API documentation for details.

How do Apps connect?

When a Snyk App is created, it is set up to use a specific context, either tenant or user. Set this with the context field if you are creating a Snyk App with the API or the --context flag if you are using the CLI. If the context is not specified, a Snyk App will default to the tenant context, which is preferred unless your Snyk App specifically needs to perform operations as an individual user.

User context

Authorizing a Snyk App that has the user context grants the Snyk App access to perform actions on behalf of the user. The Snyk App will have access to the same set of Organizations and Groups as the installing user, as well as access to any new Snyk Organizations and Groups the user is added to. If the installing user deactivates their account, any installed apps having the user context that user has installed will not be able to request new access tokens.

Tenant context

When a user authorizes a Snyk App that has the tenant context, the user selects the way to connect to either a Snyk Organization or a Group, with access to either all or one of the Organizations in the Group. The resulting connection is no longer tied to that specific user, so it is not bound by the user’s access or lifecycle but is linked to the lifecycle of the Organization. For more information, see Organizations and Groups.

The scopes of an App determine which actions an App can perform while connected to a Snyk account. Thescopes are related to actions performed through Snyk Organizations, which determine the API endpoints that can be used in an App. Endpoints authorized through a Snyk Group are not supported. For more information about scopes, see Scopes to request.

Snyk Organization ID

The final step for the integration process is to get the ID of the Snyk Organization the user has authorized. This ID is needed to use most API endpoints, so the App must associate it with the user's account or workspace for future use.

Managing Snyk Apps from the UI

Snyk provides a user-friendly interface for managing your authorized Snyk Apps. This allows you to easily view and control which Apps have access to your Snyk account.

Open the Management UI

Navigate to your Account Settings and select the Authorized Snyk Apps tab.

You can also navigate directly to the Authorized Snyk Apps page.

Revoking a Snyk App from the management UI

On the Authorized Snyk Apps page, you will see a list of all the Snyk Apps that you have integrated and authorized. The page displays relevant information about each App, including the date when it was authorized.

If you wish to revoke access for a particular Snyk App:

  • Locate the specific App in the list of authorized Apps.

  • Click the Revoke button next to the App.

Revoking access will prevent the App from further accessing your Snyk account and performing actions on your behalf. This gives you full control over which Apps can interact with your Snyk data and ensures that you can manage your App integrations securely.

By using the Snyk Apps management UI, you can maintain a clear overview of your authorized Apps and make adjustments to their access as needed, enhancing the security and customization of your Snyk experience.

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