Get request of all workflows returns HTML page

Describe the issue/error/question

I am implementing the github backup workflow and the api call to receive a list of all workflows returns the whole webpage, am I using the wrong link?

Guess I’m just simple… it returns the signup page because my request is not authorized… oops


Information on your n8n setup

  • n8n version: Running version [email protected]
  • Running n8n via [Docker, npm,, desktop app]: cloud

Hi @Maarten_Bruyninx, can you confirm which workflow exactly you mean? In general, the undocumented API used by the UI would be available under localhost:5678 from inside the cloud instance and requires a token. So fetching workflows could work like so (where the basic auth credentials used by the first node are your cloud username and password):

Alternatively you might want to consider using the official REST API instead of the undocumented UI API (which can change without notice). The official API is documented here: The n8n public API - n8n Documentation

You might want to consider upgrading to [email protected] first though as this version includes a crucial fix for the REST API.

Is it not possible to just auth the fetch request with a basic auth (the login details of N8N cloud)

That’s what my example workflows does, but it requires two separate requests I am afraid. The official REST API would only require a single API request (using a token) though and should really be the preferred option.

still seems to result in a string :thinking: , I will check out the other option

Can you expand the error details? I tested the example workflow I have posted above on n8n cloud just now and it was working fine for me, returning my workflows as expected:

Is there a chance your username or password fields have a trailing or leading whitespace causing the authentication to fail?

I didnt change the auth url :man_facepalming: but the issue remains

Hi @Maarten_Bruyninx, please don’t share a screenshot of your cookie. It should be kept just as secret as your username and password as it can be used to authenticate with Google cloud. You’d also need to update the URL of your second HTTP Request node to http://localhost:5678/rest/workflows for this to work.

Even when we are using the cloud? We are not local hosting N8N

Yes, even on n8n cloud. This is because the instance essentially talks to itself here and does this via localhost:5678. So requests sent to localhost aren’t routed via the cloud UI but directly to the instance which is what makes this work.

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Alright, I got the list now… thanks :sweat_smile: seems a bit counter logic to me :stuck_out_tongue: and thanks for correcting my ignorance with the cookie

No worries, it really is confusing :smiley:

Luckily, with the official REST API rolled out this won’t be necessary very often going forward.

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I will check it out, currently trying to learn as much as I can in N8N :slight_smile:

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