Mimecast

Import Users

Description

The import users endpoint can be used to import users to an Internal Directory or a Profile Group.

Users are imported via file upload, using an XSLX, XLS or CSV file (a CSV-structured request body can also be used to perform a 'fileless' user import).

A list of available fields canbe found in our Community KB. The import users endpoint also supports AAA accounts, to import users to specific mail-processing child accounts.

Note: If using the CSV file format, ensure your body ends with a new line character, to indicate the end of the file.

Pre-requisites

  • In order to successfully use this endpoint the logged in user must be a Mimecast administrator with at least the Directories | Import | Edit permission.

URI

To use this endpont you send a POST request to:

  • /api/user/import-users

Request Headers

The following request headers must be included in your request:

Field Description
Authorization Please see the Authorization guide for more information on building the Authorization header.
x-mc-req-id

A randomly generated GUID, for example,

8578FCFC-A305-4D9A-99CB-F4D5ECEFE297
x-mc-app-id The Application ID provided with your Registered API Application.
x-mc-date

The current date and time in the following format, for example,

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:50:11 UTC
x-mc-arg

A JSON object containing an x-mc-arg Header Object

{"data":[{"notifyEmailAddress":"String","allowAddressMigration":true,
"groupId":"String","clearGroup":false,"fileType":"csv"}]}
x-mc-arg Header Object
Field Type Required Description
data Array of one x-mc-arg Object Required Structured similar to other API call request bodies, this endpoint should have a single data object within an array.
x-mc-arg Header data Object
Field Type Required Description
notifyEmailAddress String Optional Email address of a recpient to be notified when the user import has completed.
allowAddressMigration Boolean Optional If using a AAA account structure, this option will allow the import to migrate the address from one account to another. If set to true, the user's accountCode value will be used as the target account. The default value is false.
groupId String Optional The Mimecast secure ID of a Profile Group, to which the users should be added.
clearGroup Boolean Optional If being used to add users to a group with a groupId, this option can be used to determine if the group should be cleared prior to making additions. The default value is false.
fileType String Optional Specifies the file format of the data submitted in the request body. Must be one of CSV, XLS or XLSX. The default value is XLS.

Response

{
 "fail": [], 
 "meta": {
  "status": 200
 }, 
 "data": [
  {
   "id": "String", 
   "success": true
  }
 ]
}
meta object
Field Type Description
status Number The function level status of the request.
meta
Field Type Description
status Number The function level status of the request.
data
Field Type Description
success Boolean Returns true if the import job has been successfully submitted.
id String The Mimecast secure ID of the import job.

Sample Code

Sample code is provided to demonstrate how to use the API and is not representative of a production application. To use the sample code; complete the required variables as described, populate the desired values in the request body, and execute in your favorite IDE.  Please see the Global Base URL's page to find the correct base URL to use for your account.

POST {base_url}/api/user/import-users
Authorization: MC {accesskKey}:{Base64 encoded signed Data To Sign}
x-mc-date: {dateTime}
x-mc-req-id: {unique id}
x-mc-app-id: {applicationId}
Content-Type: application/json
Accept: application/json


*** user import file ***
import base64
import hashlib
import hmac
import uuid
import datetime
import requests

# Setup required variables
base_url = "https://xx-api.mimecast.com"
uri = "/api/user/import-users"
url = base_url + uri
access_key = "YOUR ACCESS KEY"
secret_key = "YOUR SECRET KEY"
app_id = "YOUR APPLICATION ID"
app_key = "YOUR APPLICATION KEY"

# Generate request header values
request_id = str(uuid.uuid4())
hdr_date = datetime.datetime.utcnow().strftime("%a, %d %b %Y %H:%M:%S") + " UTC"

# DataToSign is used in hmac_sha1
dataToSign = ':'.join([hdr_date, request_id, uri, app_key])

# Create the HMAC SHA1 of the Base64 decoded secret key for the Authorization header
hmac_sha1 = hmac.new(base64.b64decode(secret_key), dataToSign.encode(), digestmod=hashlib.sha1).digest()

# Use the HMAC SHA1 value to sign the hdrDate + ":" requestId + ":" + URI + ":" + appkey
sig = base64.b64encode(hmac_sha1).rstrip()

# Create request headers
headers = {
    'Authorization': 'MC ' + access_key + ':' + sig.decode(),
    'x-mc-app-id': app_id,
    'x-mc-date': hdr_date,
    'x-mc-req-id': request_id,
    'x-mc-arg': '{"data":[{"notifyEmailAddress":"String","allowAddressMigration":true,"groupId":"String","clearGroup":false,"fileType":"csv"}]}';
    'Content-Type': 'application/json'
}

payload = *** user import file ***

r = requests.post(url=url, headers=headers, data=str(payload))

print(r.text)
static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            //Setup required variables
            string baseUrl = "https://xx-api.mimecast.com";
            string uri = "/api/user/import-users";
            string accessKey = "YOUR ACCESS KEY";
            string secretKey = "YOUR SECRET KEY";
            string appId = "YOUR APPLICATION ID";
            string appKey = "YOUR APPLICATION KEY";

            //Generate request header values
            string hdrDate = System.DateTime.Now.ToUniversalTime().ToString("R");
            string requestId = System.Guid.NewGuid().ToString();

            //Create the HMAC SHA1 of the Base64 decoded secret key for the Authorization header
            System.Security.Cryptography.HMAC h = new System.Security.Cryptography.HMACSHA1(System.Convert.FromBase64String(secretKey));

            //Use the HMAC SHA1 value to sign the hdrDate + ":" requestId + ":" + URI + ":" + appkey
            byte[] hash = h.ComputeHash(System.Text.Encoding.Default.GetBytes(hdrDate + ":" + requestId + ":" + uri + ":" + appKey));

            //Build the signature to be included in the Authorization header in your request
            string signature = "MC " + accessKey + ":" + System.Convert.ToBase64String(hash);

            //Build Request
            System.Net.HttpWebRequest request = (System.Net.HttpWebRequest)System.Net.WebRequest.Create(baseUrl + uri);
            request.Method = "POST";
            request.ContentType = "application/json";

            //Add Headers
            request.Headers[System.Net.HttpRequestHeader.Authorization] = signature;
            request.Headers.Add("x-mc-date", hdrDate);
            request.Headers.Add("x-mc-req-id", requestId);
            request.Headers.Add("x-mc-app-id", appId);
            request.Headers.Add("x-mc-arg", ""{"data":[{"notifyEmailAddress":"String","allowAddressMigration":true,"groupId":"String","clearGroup":false,"fileType":"csv"}]}"");

            //Add request body
            //Create and write data to stream
            string postData = *** user import file ***;

            byte[] payload = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(postData);

            System.IO.Stream stream = request.GetRequestStream();
            stream.Write(payload, 0, payload.Length);
            stream.Close();

            //Send Request
            System.Net.HttpWebResponse response = (System.Net.HttpWebResponse)request.GetResponse();

            //Output response to console
            System.IO.StreamReader reader = new System.IO.StreamReader(response.GetResponseStream());
            string responseBody = "";
            string temp = null;
            while ((temp = reader.ReadLine()) != null)
            {
                responseBody += temp;
            };
            System.Console.WriteLine(responseBody);
            System.Console.ReadLine();
        }
#Setup required variables
$baseUrl = "https://xx-api.mimecast.com"
$uri = "/api/user/import-users"
$url = $baseUrl + $uri
$accessKey = "YOUR ACCESS KEY"
$secretKey = "YOUR SECRET KEY"
$appId = "YOUR APPLICATION ID"
$appKey = "YOUR APPLICATION KEY"

#Generate request header values
$hdrDate = (Get-Date).ToUniversalTime().ToString("ddd, dd MMM yyyy HH:mm:ss UTC")
$requestId = [guid]::NewGuid().guid

#Create the HMAC SHA1 of the Base64 decoded secret key for the Authorization header
$sha = New-Object System.Security.Cryptography.HMACSHA1
$sha.key = [Convert]::FromBase64String($secretKey)
$sig = $sha.ComputeHash([Text.Encoding]::UTF8.GetBytes($hdrDate + ":" + $requestId + ":" + $uri + ":" + $appKey))
$sig = [Convert]::ToBase64String($sig)

#Create Headers
$headers = @{"Authorization" = "MC " + $accessKey + ":" + $sig;
                "x-mc-date" = $hdrDate;
                "x-mc-app-id" = $appId;
                "x-mc-req-id" = $requestId;
                "x-mc-arg" = "{"data":[{"notifyEmailAddress":"String","allowAddressMigration":true,"groupId":"String","clearGroup":false,"fileType":"csv"}]}";
                "Content-Type" = "application/json"}

#Create post body
$postBody = *** user import file ***

#Send Request
$response = Invoke-RestMethod -Method Post -Headers $headers -Body $postBody -Uri $url

#Print the response
$response
public static void main(String[] args) throws java.io.IOException, java.security.NoSuchAlgorithmException, java.security.InvalidKeyException {

        //set up variables for request
        String baseUrl = "https://xx-api.mimecast.com";
        String uri = "/api/user/import-users";
        String url = "https://" + baseUrl + uri;
        String accessKey = "YOUR ACCESS KEY";
        String secretKey = "YOUR SECRET KEY";
        String appId = "YOUR APPLICATION ID";
        String appKey = "YOUR APPLICATION KEY";

        //create URL object
        java.net.URL obj = new java.net.URL(url);

        // set guid for x-mc-req-id header
        String guid = java.util.UUID.randomUUID().toString();

        // set date for x-mc-date header
        java.text.SimpleDateFormat sdf = new java.text.SimpleDateFormat("EEE, d MMM yyyy HH:mm:ss z");
        sdf.setTimeZone(java.util.TimeZone.getTimeZone("UTC"));
        String date = sdf.format(new java.util.Date());

        //create signature for the Authorization header
        String dataToSign = date + ":" + guid + ":" + uri + ":" + appKey;
        String hmacSHA1 = "HmacSHA1";
        javax.crypto.spec.SecretKeySpec signingKey = new javax.crypto.spec.SecretKeySpec(org.apache.commons.codec.binary.Base64.decodeBase64(secretKey.getBytes()), hmacSHA1);
        javax.crypto.Mac mac = javax.crypto.Mac.getInstance(hmacSHA1);
        mac.init(signingKey);
        String sig = new String(org.apache.commons.codec.binary.Base64.encodeBase64(mac.doFinal(dataToSign.getBytes())));

        // create request object
        javax.net.ssl.HttpsURLConnection con = (javax.net.ssl.HttpsURLConnection) obj.openConnection();

        //set request type to POST
        con.setRequestMethod("POST");
        con.setDoOutput(true);

        //add reuqest headers
        con.setRequestProperty("Authorization", "MC " + accessKey + ":" + sig);
        con.setRequestProperty("x-mc-req-id", guid);
        con.setRequestProperty("x-mc-app-id", appId);
        con.setRequestProperty("x-mc-date", date);
        con.setRequestProperty("x-mc-arg", """{"data":[{"notifyEmailAddress":"String","allowAddressMigration":true,"groupId":"String","clearGroup":false,"fileType":"csv"}]}""");
        con.setRequestProperty("Content-Type", "application/json");
        con.setRequestProperty("Accept", "application/json");

        //Add post body to the request
        String postBody = *** user import file ***;
        java.io.OutputStream os = con.getOutputStream();
        os.write(postBody.getBytes("UTF-8"));
        os.close();

        //process response
        java.io.BufferedReader in = new java.io.BufferedReader(
                new java.io.InputStreamReader(con.getInputStream()));
        String inputLine;
        StringBuffer response = new StringBuffer();

        while ((inputLine = in.readLine()) != null) {
            response.append(inputLine);
        }
        in.close();

        //return result
        java.lang.System.out.println(response.toString());
    }