How to call API methods in Astra?

API (Application Programming Interface) is a methods to access data and interact with software components.

Call GET methods with curl

You may use curl in the console to call an API method. For example, you can obtain a summary status of the process and system:

curl \
    --user login:password \
  • login:password - is an admin login and password
  • server:8000 - server address and primary port
  • /api/system-status - path to API method

Call POST method with curl

POST methods used to modify Astra configuration. For example you may toggle user from the console:

curl \
    -X POST \
    --user login:password \
    -d '{"cmd":"toggle-user","id":"login"}' \
  • login:password - is an admin login and password
  • -d '{...}' - request content in JSON format
  • server:8000 - server address and primary port

Another method to execute curl where configuration file passed to the standard input:

curl -X POST --user login -d @- http://server:8000/control/ <<END

After the launch curl asks password.

Call API with PHP

You may use any programming language to control Astra. For example, simple PHP script to toggle user:

$req = json_encode(array(
    'cmd' => 'toggle-user',
    'id' => 'login',
$ch = curl_init("http://server:8000/control/");
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_USERPWD, "login:password");
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $req);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, array('Content-Type: application/json'));
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
$res = curl_exec($ch);