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Getting error rest_cannot_create_events

Posted: July 13, 2018 at 3:52 pm


July 13, 2018 at 3:52 pm

I am trying to add an event from my Windows application (C#) and I’m getting an error when I try to add an event.

Here is the full error:

{“code”:”rest_cannot_create_events”,”message”:”Sorry, you are not allowed to create events. Missing permissions: ee_edit_events,ee_edit_others_events,ee_edit_private_events”,”data”:{“status”:403}}

I’ve gone in and made sure the account I’m logging in as has all the permissions necessary.

I am trying this with Cookie Authentication

` string formVars = “”;
string result = “”;
string eventUrl = $”<url>/wp-login.php”;
Dictionary<string, string> headers = new Dictionary<string, string>();
formVars = $”log={UserName}&pwd={Password}”;

Cookie = new System.Net.CookieContainer();

AllowAutoRedirect = false;

result = PerformPost(eventUrl, formVars, true, headers);

Which comes back fine and generates a couple of cookies, but as soon as I try to do a POST to add an event, I get the above error.

Are there any examples of doing this already?

Am I missing something in the configuration?

If my POST message is not formatted correctly, will I get this error or should I be expecting a different type of error?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


  • Support Staff

July 13, 2018 at 9:12 pm

This sounds like am authentication issue. While you mention cookie authentication, are you following the methods that’s outlined here:

FYI the Basic Authentication plugin is bundled into Event Espresso so that method is available without adding more plugins to the site.


July 14, 2018 at 1:26 am

Thank you for the quick response.

I would rather use the Basic Auth than the Cookie Auth, can you give me more details on how that should work?

I am passing in the Header
Authorization: Basic (Base64Encode of Username:Password).


  • Support Staff

July 14, 2018 at 7:48 am

Here’s a few links to its documentation:

Please note that the basic auth plugin is bundled with Event Espresso so it’s already installed.


July 17, 2018 at 12:31 pm

Well, I tried doing a POST with this:

http://<site>/wp-json/ee/v4.8.29/events/?_authorization=Basic <encoded un/pw>

And I still get the error. Is it possible there is another plugin interfering with the authentication?


  • Support Staff

July 17, 2018 at 12:43 pm

You could try doing a POST (or even a GET) request using an app like Postman, which gives you a UI to add Basic Auth headers. If that doesn’t help, then you can rule out a plugin conflict by temporarily deactivating the other plugins.


July 17, 2018 at 5:19 pm

Ok, looks like I’m past the Authentication issue, now to figure out what needs to be sent. I’m assuming it’s a Json formatted message.


  • Support Staff

July 18, 2018 at 1:50 am

I’d recommend you take a look over the EE REST API docs HERE.

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