Configure profile

Use the code42 profile set of commands to establish the Code42 environment you’re working within and your user information.

User token authentication

Use the following command to create your profile with user token authentication:

code42 profile create --name MY_FIRST_PROFILE --server --username

Your profile contains the necessary properties for authenticating with Code42. After running code42 profile create, the program prompts you about storing a password. If you agree, you are then prompted to enter your password.

Your password is not shown when you do code42 profile show. However, code42 profile show will confirm that a password exists for your profile. If you do not set a password, you will be securely prompted to enter a password each time you run a command.

API client authentication

Once you’ve generated an API Client in your Code42 console, use the following command to create your profile with API client authentication:

code42 profile create-api-client --name MY_API_CLIENT_PROFILE --server --api-client-id 'key-42' --secret 'code42%api%client%secret'


Remember to wrap your API client secret with single quotes to avoid issues with bash expansion and special characters.

View profiles

You can add multiple profiles with different names and the change the default profile with the use command:

code42 profile use MY_SECOND_PROFILE

When you use the --profile flag with other commands, such as those in security-data, that profile is used instead of the default profile. For example,

code42 security-data search -b 2020-02-02 --profile MY_SECOND_PROFILE

To see all your profiles, do:

code42 profile list

Profiles with Multi-Factor Authentication

If your Code42 user account requires multi-factor authentication, the MFA token can either be passed in with the --totp option, or if not passed you will be prompted to enter it before the command executes.