Access Revocation API v1

This content only applies if you already have token-based access revocation configured using Access Revocation API v1.

Important: The Access Revocation API v1 used in this process has been deprecated. It will reach end-of-service on June 1, 2021. If you're new to token-based access revocation, use the process covered in Add token-based Access Revocation

The token and set its "session ID"

Access revocation uses a specific value you can include in a token—its session identifier ("session ID"). Use the process discussed in Generate the token and apply it to your content to define the token and extract its session_id value for use later in this process.

The revocation list

This is a list of session ID values associated with Token Authentication tokens. If a request includes one of these tokens, it's blocked. This helps to prevent token sharing between end users. You create a blacklist using the Access Revocation API.

Important: The following points apply to Access Revocation API v1:
  • Before you use the Access Revocation API for any operation, you must meet all of the requirements covered in the Get started section of the API's documentation.
  • Endpoints, operations, and response data refer to a revocation list as a "blacklist."
  1. If necessary, work with your account representative to get the Akamai contractId assigned to your instance of Access Revocation.
  2. Build a new revocation list object. Include a unique name for it. It can only contain alphanumeric and dash characters. Also, include your applicable contractId.
  3. POST the object to /taas/v1/blacklists.
    POST /taas/v1/blacklists
        "name": "Baseball-ws-2019",
        "contractId": "1-ABCDE"
The operation responds with a revocation list object. Make note of the id value from the response. This is its revocation-listId.
    "id": 1,
    "name": "Baseball-ws-2019",
    "contractId": "1-ABCDE"
Note: You can only have one revocation list.

Enable the revocation list in Property Manager

Configure the Token Authentication behavior as normal, but you need to set these options:

  • Enable Session-Id. Set Advanced Options to "On." In the Field Carry-Over options, set the Session-Id slider to "Yes." This ensures that the session_id in the token in a request from an end user is reviewed against what you've set in your revocation list, to determine access.
  • Set Token Based Access Revocation options. Set these options:
    • Token Revocation. Set this slider to "On."
    • Revocation List Name. Use this drop-down to select the revocation list you created using the API.

Revoke tokens

Once your AMD property is live on the Akamai production network and it's delivering your content, use the Access Revocation API v1 to revoke offending tokens. You add individual "identifier" objects to the revocation list that contain the unique session_id set in the offending token.

  1. Ensure you have the following:
    • revocation-list_id. This is the id that was generated for your revocation list after you created it.
    • session_id. Get this from the access token that you’ve configured to support Token Authentication. This value serves as the token identifier id.
  2. Build a new identifier array. Add an object for each token you want revoked. Include the identifier id for each, and optionally include the durationSeconds member to set a time to live for the revocation. After this period, tokens are "unrevoked" and can be used again to access content.
  3. POST the object to /taas/v2/blacklists/{revocation-list_id}/identifiers/add.
    POST /taas/v1/blacklists/{revocation-listId}/identifiers/add
            "id": "<session_id of a token to be blocked>",
            "durationSeconds": 18000
            "id": "<session_id of a token to be blocked>",
            "durationSeconds": 3600

The operation responds with the metadata object that shows the current count of token identifiers in the revocation list and the maximum number of identifiers it can house.

    "count": 500,
    "limit": 25000
Note: You can have a maximum of 25,000 identifiers in a single revocation list.

You should use bulk update

When setting up your workflow to revoke tokens via the API, try to include as many identifier objects as possible in a single revoke operation. If you need to set up multiple operations, issue them individually over some interval of time. For example, you could set up one every 30 seconds.

Note: You're limited to a total of 20 operations per minute with the Access Revocation API v1. See the Access Revocation API documentation for details on how rate limiting is applied.


Question Answer
How long does it take to revoke? Revocation time is five minutes from the time an offending token is discovered until Akamai begins the "durationSeconds" TTL.
Are there other API operations?


What's above is just the basic workflow to add access revocation. The Access Revocation API offers several more operations you can use. For example, you can review your revocation list stats and even "unrevoke" a token you've previously revoked. See the Access Revocation API v1 documentation for details.

Can it be used with Watermarking?


When a valid user requests content, watermarking distributes segments of content based on a pattern that’s unique to that user—a "watermarking token (WMT)." If your content is pirated or redistributed, you can analyze the content and extract the user’s WMT to identify the user that originally leaked the content.

You can also use access revocation to deny access to requests that include a WMT that's been flagged. See Watermarking with Access Revocation.