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Proposal: REST API Authentication / Application Passwords

Problem statement: no way to authenticate third-party access to REST API

Ever since the REST API infrastructure merged via #33892 and shipped in WordPress 4.4 in December 2015, it’s been gaining momentum and been used in more and more places—throughout WordPress’s admin, via plugins and themes, and enabled deep, robust interactions powering new functionality such as the Gutenberg block editor.

However, the functionality has been limited in that the only way to make authenticated requests to the API in core has been through Cookie & Nonce-based authentication—there is no good way for third-party applications to communicate with WordPress in

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