Generating lots of Invite Tokens

:warning: This plugin is deprecated in favor of Multiple Use Invite Links. You should only use this plugin if you require invited users to land on a specific topic.

Summary: Generate multiple invite tokens

:link: GitHub:
:arrow_right: Install: Follow the plugin installation guide.


Enable plugin

After installing plugin enable site setting invite tokens enabled.

Clone Discourse API Gem

If you already have Git and Ruby installed on your system, you can install Discourse API by running following command from console:

git clone ~/discourse_api

Generate Master API Key

Generate Master API Key for your Discourse instance by visiting /admin/api, to interact with Discourse API.

Generate multiple Invite Tokens

Now that you have cloned Discourse API gem and generated master API key, let’s start generating invite tokens!

Open the discourse_api/examples/disposable_invite_tokens.rb file, and modify following information:

  • Provide API credentials:
client ="http://localhost:3000")
client.api_key = "YOUR_API_KEY"
client.api_username = "YOUR_USERNAME"

Replace http://localhost:3000 with the url of your discourse instance, eg:

Replace YOUR_API_KEY with the master API key of your discourse instance, eg: b1f3175cb682b3e9b6ca419db77772120b19af993cbc14ebed80fea08e3bbd66

Replace YOUR_USERNAME with the Admin username of your discourse instance, eg: codinghorror

  • Provide Invite Token details:
invite_tokens = client.disposable_tokens(username: "eviltrout", quantity: 200 , group_names: "security,support")

Replace eviltrout with the username of person whose account you want to be attached with generated invites.

Replace 200 with the quantity of tokens you want to generate.

The group_names parameter is optional. If you want invited users to be automatically added to specific group(s), specify the group names separated with comma. eg: security,support

Now in console, from discourse_api directory run:

ruby examples/disposable_invite_tokens.rb

This command will generate a invite_tokens.csv file inside discourse_api/examples/ folder.

Open the invite_tokens.csv file and voilà it will have 100 invite tokens ready to be used instantly!

Prepare Invitation Links from Invite Token

The Invitation URL will be like:

Replace following fields:

  • * with the URL of your Discourse instance.
  • *TOKEN with one of the 200 Invite tokens you just generated.
  • *EMAIL with the email of user you want to invite
  • USERNAME with the desired username of invited user
  • NAME with the first name of invited user
  • TOPIC with the id of the topic to direct the user to after joining

(*) these fields are required!

[Note that we use Percent-encoding in URL, so space needs to be specified as %20, + needs to be specified as %2B, etc.]

Visit Invitation Link

When the user will visit Invitation Link, they will be registered, activated and logged in instantly. If you specified the groups while generating tokens, they will be automatically added to that group(s) when logged in.

That’s it! Start generating Invite Tokens for your Discourse instance today!

Update: Now you can generate Invite links via UI!

To generate copyable invite link go to your invites page, click on “Send an Invite” button, enter the email of the user you want to invite, now click on “Copy Invite Link” button:

That’s it, now you will see copyable invite link:

Copy and paste away! :link: