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About this package

This package contains an API client that exposes a subset of iModels API operations - it extends the client from the @itwin/imodels-client-management package and adds more operations that enable applications to author iModels - acquire Birefcases, manage Locks, etc. This library also adds the ability to perform iModel operations that include file transfer - create or download Changesets, create iModel from Baseline file.

Please see the list of key methods and types to discover what API operations are exposed by this client package.

Usage examples

Note: Since the @itwin/imodels-client-authoring package extends the @itwin/imodels-client-management package all usage examples presented for the @itwin/imodels-client-management package are valid for this one as well.


IModelsClient expects the authorization info to be passed in a form of an asynchronous callback that returns authorization info. It is a common use case to consume IModelsClient in iTwin.js platform based applications which use IModelApp.getAccessToken or IModelHost.getAccessToken to get the authorization header value returned as a string. The authorization header value specifies the schema and access token e.g. Bearer ey.... To convert this value into the format that IModelsClients expect users can use AccessTokenAdapter class which is exported by both @itwin/imodels-access-frontend and @itwin/imodels-access-backend packages.

const iModelIterator: EntityListIterator<MinimalIModel> = iModelsClient.iModels.getMinimalList({
  authorization: AccessTokenAdapter.toAuthorizationCallback(await IModelHost.getAccessToken()),
  urlParams: {
    projectId: "8a1fcd73-8c23-460d-a392-8b4afc00affc"


To include custom headers in your requests, you have the option to provide additional headers or header factories. When constructing an instance of IModelsClient, any headers passed to the constructor will be automatically added to all requests made by the client. On the other hand, when invoking specific operations, you can pass headers through the operation parameters, which will be included only in the requests related to that particular operation. If a header with the same key is specified in both the constructor and operation parameters, the header from the operation parameters will overwrite the corresponding header from the constructor.

Note: Whitespace values, such as empty strings or spaces are treated as regular headers in our requests. This means that if you provide a whitespace header value it will be sent with the request.

iModelsClient = new IModelsClient({
  headers: {
    "X-Correlation-Id": () => "xCorrelationIdValue",
    "some-custom-header": "someCustomValue"

  headers: {
    "X-Correlation-Id": "some value that overrides factory",
    "new-custom-header": "header that will be sent in this operation requests"

Create iModel from Baseline File

import { Authorization, IModel, IModelsClient } from "@itwin/imodels-client-authoring";

/** Function that creates a new iModel from Baseline file and prints its id to the console. */
async function createIModelFromBaselineFile(): Promise<void> {
  const iModelsClient: IModelsClient = new IModelsClient();
  const iModel: IModel = await iModelsClient.iModels.createFromBaseline({
    authorization: () => getAuthorization(),
    iModelProperties: {
      projectId: "8a1fcd73-8c23-460d-a392-8b4afc00affc",
      name: "Sun City Renewable-energy Plant",
      description: "Overall model of wind and solar farms in Sun City",
      filePath: "D:\\imodels\\sun-city.bim"


/** Function that returns valid authorization information. */
async function getAuthorization(): Promise<Authorization> {
  return { scheme: "Bearer", token: "ey..." };


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