VMmanager 6: Administrator guide

Guide to API VMmanager 6

General information 


Access the API by the URL https://domain.com/service/api_version/function/. 


domain.com — public IP address or the domain of the server with VMmanager 6. 

service — internal service for processing requests: auth or vm. 

api_version — current version API: v3.

function — function to be executed in VMmanager 6.

HTTP-request methods 

VMmanager 6 supports GET, POST, and DELETE.

POST-request methods 

To send parameters for a POST-request, specify them in the request body in the JSON format. 

Response format

A response to API-requests is sent in the form of JSON-objects, e.g.:

Error notification in JSON
    "code": <error internal code, int>,
    "msg": <error message, string>,
    "value": <additional information, object>

How to process code 503

If VMmanager 6 is not active for a long time it can be suspended. The API-requests will be terminated with code 503. Repeat the requests until you receive another code: 

Example on Python 3
def retry(fn, **kwargs):
    response = fn(**kwargs)
    if response.status_code == 503:
        for attempt in range(1, 11):
            time.sleep(0.1 * attempt)
            logging.info(f'Try connect to {kwargs["url"]} number {attempt}')
            response = fn(**kwargs)
            if response.status_code != 503:
    return response

def internal_post(url, data):
    headers = {"Host": "instance-" + os.environ["INSTANCE_ID"], "internal-auth": "on"}
    logging.info(f'Try connect to {url} with headers {headers}')
    retry(requests.post, url=url, json=data, headers=headers)

Filters in requests

VMmanager 6 supports two GET-requests: 

  • the information about a certain element by its ID — the response will contain the information about the specified element. It won't contain the information about associated elements such as IP address, cluster, and VM disk. E.g.: 

    Receive information about VM by ID
  • a full list of elements of a certain type — the response will contain a full list of all elements of the specified type. The response will also contain information about all items. E.g.: 

    Receive information about all VM

We recommend requesting a full list of elements and applying filters to it. This allows receiving information about all associated items.  

Filter formats

Available filters: 

  • WHERE — similar to the expression WHERE in SQL. It supports the processing of logical operators AND, OR, NOT. Comparison parameters:
    • EQ — equal;
    • NE — not equal;
    • GT — larger;
    • GE — larger than or equal to;
    • LT — less;
    • LE — less than or equal to;
    • CP — search for values by the specified mask.  Similar to the operator LIKE in SQL;
  • ORDERBY — sort by the specified parameter. If the sorting is not specified, the list will be sorted in ascending order by ID. Possible order:
    • ASC — in ascending order;
    • DESC — in descending order;
  • LIMIT — output the range of filtered elements. Enter two comma-separated digits as values. The numbering starts with 0. 

Filter rules

  • put ? before the first filter;
  • use = to specify the filter values and parameters;
  • put digital and text values in single quotes;
  • separate parameters, values, and logical operations of the filter with +;
  • put conditions of the filter WHERE into brackets. To group conditions, use the logical operations AND, OR and NOT;
  • group several filters with &.

Examples of requests with filters

Get the cluster with ID 1
GET https://domain.com/vm/v3/cluster?where=(id+EQ+'1')
Get the task by ID in consul and name
GET https://domain.com/vm/v3/task?where=(consul_id+EQ+'1341774670')+AND+(name+EQ+'host_create')
Get a list of 50 VM in descending order by name
GET https://domain.com/vm/v3/host?orderby=cluster.name+desc&limit=0,50

Authentication methods 

Authentication is required for API-requests in VMmanager 6.

Login and password authentication

  1. To receive a session number, send the POST-request to a URL like https://domain.com/auth/v3/auth. 

    Request body in JSON
      "email": your_email,
      "password": your_password
  2. Handle the response. It can contain error messages or JSON like: 

    Response in JSON
      "expires_at": string,
      "id": int,
      "session": string
  3. Use the session number that you have received in the heading of the HTTP request. E.g.:

    Usage in curl
    curl -k -H "Cookie:ses6=F2BABF12426B297C86FC5628" 'https://domain.com/vm/v3/host'
  4. In the case of error you will receive the following message: 

    Authorization error
        "code": 1114,
        "msg": "Whoami verifired error",
          "code": 3002,
          "msg": "Session not found"

Key authentication 

VMmanager 6 supports throughout user authentication with an admin login and password. Eg. it can be used to redirect authorized users from BILLmanager to VMmanаger 6.

How it works:

  1. Log in to VMmanager 6 as Admin.
  2. To generate an authentication key, send the POST-request to the URL like https://domain.com/auth/v3/user/user_email/key. The response will contain a JSON-object with the key field.  
  3. To receive the session number, send the POST-request to the URL like  https://domain.com/auth/v3/auth_by_key. In the request body, specify the key that you have received on step 2.