Access the Benchling Developer Platform

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The Developer Platform Capability provides access to the API, Events platform, and Apps. Visit the Developer Platform Overview page on our developer documentation for more information.

Developer Platform Capability

To get access to these systems, a Tenant Admin must use the Capability Management tool to set “Full” access.

  1. Click on your Avatar > Tenant Admin Console, and open the "Users" tab.
  2. Select the user(s) that need access and select “Manage application access” to change their access:image.png
  3. In the pop-up, set “Developer Platform” to “Full”:image.png

This will allow them to access:

  • The API

  • Apps

For a user to obtain access to the Events system, they must also be a Tenant Admin as events will notify you of actions in the whole tenant, not being filtered by permissions. You can add new Tenant Admins in the Tenant Admin Console at the "Settings" tab.

Accessing the API

To access the API, you need a personal user API key. To retrieve / generate this:

  1. Click on your Avatar > Settings.
  2. To create API credentials, click the Generate API Key button at the bottom of your User Settings Page:

If you don't see the button to generate an API key, reach out to your internal Benchling Tenant Admin and ask if they can provision you with the Developer Platform application using Capability Management.

To use this API key to make calls, follow our API Tutorial on our developer documentation at

Benchling Apps

With the Developer Platform Capability, you’ll be able to create and manage apps on your Benchling system. You’ll find them in the “Developer Console” section of the “Feature Settings” page:


To get started with apps, check out our Getting Started guide on our developer documentation at

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