We are implementing a new service which requires Authorisation by the way of a JWT.

I already have the submission and returned body containing the "access_token"

My question is how do I set up a call to decode the JWT (I have the following from a google search:)

function jwt_decode(JWT) { var parts = JWT.split('.'); // header, payload, signature return JSON.parse(atob(parts1)); }

Once I have it decoded I then need to test that the relevant information is contained within.

I think I will need an environment/user file to store some variables but I'm not sure what I would need to store.

I currently have a "POST" to generate the "access_token", but not sure what to do next. Do I need a "GET" to decode the JWT? What Authorisation do I need?


So I've got my "access token" into an environment variable. What I want to do now is decode the Access token and split it out so that I can confirm (Create Tests) the individual results in the PayloadEncoded and decoded JWT.  I need to the the contents of the Payload section (circled in Red)

Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated. Can I do that within the same Post Call in postman, does it need a separate "POST" or "GET". I'm a QA with little Javascript (if that's what Postman uses for testing) experience so please be clear in any replies. Thanks

  • hi were you able to extract the token ? i believe know how you will use that token that token in request ?
    – PDHide
    Commented Nov 26, 2019 at 13:58
  • Hi, Yes I was able to get the token.
    – Adam A
    Commented Nov 26, 2019 at 14:19
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    dev.to/loopdelicious/… save it to a enviromental variable adn then call it from authorization header as {{<variablename>}}
    – PDHide
    Commented Nov 26, 2019 at 14:21
  • Ok. I have my access_token stored to my environment variable. I have my Function to decode it (see above), which is on it's own "Get" tab, but as there it no url to call I don't see how I can get the access_token into the function to decode it.
    – Adam A
    Commented Nov 26, 2019 at 15:09
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    i am not understanding what you actually want to do, if you want to reuse function, you can store function to an environmental variable adn run it using eval function
    – PDHide
    Commented Nov 26, 2019 at 16:57

2 Answers 2


I am not sure what you want to do, if you are able to extract the access_token then i believe that you know to use the test script session in postman

Assuming you have the access_token stored in environmental variable swt:

you can use the below code in the same post request after you have stored the jwt to variable: (Keep this code in "Tests" tab and not pre-requisite scripts)

 function jwt_decode(a) {
    var parts = a.split('.'); // header, payload, signature
    return JSON.parse(atob(parts[1]));

pm.test("validate data", function () {
    //Get the token
    var a=pm.environment.get("swt");
    //call your function to decode it
    let decodedData=jwt_decode(a);

    //print the decodedData to console to see the structure
     //print the required field and print it to console to see the value
    //validate it using pm expect

you can open console by going to view>show postman console. Clear everything and click send again:

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if you want to use the swt variable in other requests you can do it as below:

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  1. Goto "Authorization" tab
  2. Select the authorization type you want, usually its bearer token for jwt
  3. in the input field give {{swt}} (you can refer a variable anywhere in postman using the double curly bracket)

if you want to pass it as header , then go to header field and provide value as {{swt}} with correct 'Field' name

  • Thanks for you help. I've got it working now. :-)
    – Adam A
    Commented Nov 28, 2019 at 13:08
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    Could you accept the answer , and upvote
    – PDHide
    Commented Nov 28, 2019 at 13:13

Decode part

Suppose your response looks like: { "access_token": "eyJhbGciOiJSUzI1Ni.... Then just parse your "access_token" field in the Postman Tests tab:

var response = JSON.parse(responseBody);

var jwt_parts = response.access_token.split('.'); // header.payload.signature
var jwt_payload = JSON.parse(atob(jwt_parts[1]));

Save part

Now you can either test or save data to..., let's say, an env. variable "sub".

postman.setEnvironmentVariable("sub", jwt_payload.sub);

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