How to set up mTLS


Calls from your backend to Lean are required to be made over Mutual Transport Layer Security (mTLS). mTLS is a certificate based authentication protocol that replaces oAuth public / private keys. Instead of sending a private key, you send your certificate with your calls to the Lean servers to authenticate.

If you'd like to learn more about what mTLS does and how it works you can learn more here.

Getting your certificates

When you create application at you will be able to download two files from the authentication section of the developer portal. By clicking 'generate new certificate' a zip folder containing my_app_private_key.pem file and a my_app_cert.crt file will be downloaded.

Within the UI on you should also download the Lean certificate chain. To do this click the button labelled 'Certificate chain'. This should trigger a further download of a zipped folder containing lean_public_cert_chain.pem.

With the above complete you should now have three files.

Node example

const fs = require('fs')
const https = require('https')
const axios = require('axios')

const httpsAgent = new https.Agent({
  // This is your application certificate
  cert: fs.readFileSync('cert.crt'),
  // This is your private key associated with application certificate
  key: fs.readFileSync('key.pem'),
  // This is Lean's public certificate chain.
  ca: fs.readFileSync('ca.pem'),

const start = async () => {
  try {
    const request = await axios({
      method: 'post',
      headers: {
        'lean-app-token': 'LEAN_APP_TOKEN',
      // You can change the end point per your need. This endpoint is good for
      // testing mTLS
      url: '',
      withCredentials: true,
      jar: true,
  } catch (error) {


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