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What is the difference between create a user login and user (API)?

Question asked by Richard Standen on May 14, 2019
Latest reply on May 14, 2019 by Peter Love


We would like to use the API create a Canvas user and then register that user with courses.


Would we need to follow this sequence:

  • Search to see if a user exists (with a particular email)
  • If that user does not exist, create the account


But I'm not sure which API function I should use to create the account. Can someone please explain the difference between creating user and create a user login

Users - Canvas LMS REST API Documentation and Logins - Canvas LMS REST API Documentation


I can see that creating a "user login" allows the login password to be set, but I can't see how that is then associated with a "user"