DOCTL "Access Token is Required" even after initializing

Posted April 5, 2020 3.3k views

Just installed DOCTL on my Raspberry Pi. I have performed doctl auth ini and verified my API Token.

Yet, when I run my script, I get the following:

Error: unable to initialize DigitalOcean api client: access token is required. (hint: run 'doctl auth init')

I created a new API Key just to be safe and I get the same issue.

However, if I run something as simple as doctl compute snapshot list or /snap/bin/doctl compute snapshot list I get the expected list of my snapshots with no error message.

I’m using this same script on a few different Ubuntu 18.06 LTS and a previous Pi installation. Can’t seem to figure out where I’m going wrong.

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Hi there @aaronmweiss,

It sounds like that your script might be running as a different user, for example you’ve authenticated as your default pi user but the script is executed as the root user.

I would recommend adding doctl auth init in the beginning of your script and running it like that 1 time so that you are sure that the user the script runs as has actually authenticated.

Let me know how it goes.

  • Hello,

    Just to clarify on the first point of the previous answer, if you run the script with sudo this might cause the issue.

    Here’s an example script:

    # Print the current user
    echo ${USER}
    • bash

    The output would be:


    But then if you run the script with sudo:

    • sudo bash

    The output would be:



Adding doctl auth init to the script the first go around worked perfectly.