My client wants to build an website app that allows customers to link their Xero account to the website so that certain actions such as create/manage employees can be updated in the website and also pushed to the respective user's Xero account.

I've been through the basics of connection to the Xero API and had to create/install certificate and generate Xero keys etc to get both apps talking to each other. This is not a feasible approach for end users of the site trying to connect their Xero account as it requires sharing a key etc that is supposed to be secret.

Is there a way to create a connection using just some sort of Xero key - similar to linking Xero accounts? Or it the case that my client would need to become a Xero Partner and actually create an app that users can install from their Xero account?

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