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The API use requires an identification as the administration interface. There is 2 ways to log in:

  • The username/password couple: it is the login details used to access to the administration interface, an email address and its related alwaysdata password;
  • the API key: you can find/generate it from the Profile menu of you customer area.

Examples with curl :

$ curl --basic --user

Enter host password for user '':

$ curl --basic --user APIKEY:

Attention to use your API key do not forget the colon (:) after it which makes it clear that the password is not necessary.


There is currently a HTTP header specific to alwaysdata:

Header Description Default value
alwaysdata-synchronous Running queries in synchronous mode no

If you access to ressource related to a specific user or account you have to specify it throughout your authentication by stipulate one or several setting(s):

  • account: the account you want to access. For example if you have several accounts but want to access to the ressource of a specific account.
  • customer: if you have certain permissions on another user account you have to specify its email address.

For example here is a way to access to the FTP users of your mycompany account:

$ curl --basic --user "APIKEY account=mycompany:"

Data format

The API currently handles these formats:


  • Yaml (only for answer)

The data format you want will be determined by our API in the following order:

  • setting in the URI: your request sends in the address the _format setting

$ curl --basic --user APIKEY:

  • HTTP headers: Accept and/or Content-Type headers are knowledgeable in your request

$ curl --basic --user APIKEY: --header "Accept: application/xml"

  • otherwise the default format: JSON.


As pointed in the introduction the REST concept assumes that each resource has its own URI. Here are, in general, the different possible addresses for a resource:

  • list and addition: /ressource/
  • liste with filtering: /ressource/?scope=value
  • reading, modification, removal: /ressource/id/
  • specific operation: /ressource/id/operation/

In this theorical example following keywords have to be replaced:

  • ressource : element you access (account, ftp, database, etc.)
  • id : ressource unique identifier
  • operation : action specific to the involved ressource


Some ressources offers specific actions, as restart a site:

$ curl -d '' --basic --user "APIKEY account=mycompany:"

Last updated: 05 Dec. 2018 at 15:20