Learn about the REST API for managing Wavefront.

Wavefront supports a REST API for management and several SDKs for sending metrics.

  • The Wavefront REST API allows you to perform management tasks that you’d perform from the UI, such as creating events. You can use Swagger to create an API client or a CLI client from this API.
  • The SDKs allow you to send metrics to the Wavefront proxy or directly to the Wavefront service. These SDKs are available through different integrations and in GitHub.

Note: You can use our API to interactively try things out from the in-product REST API doc.

REST API Overview

All interactions between the Wavefront UI and your Wavefront instance occur through the Wavefront management API. You can perform those actions using REST - or you can create an API client using Swagger, discussed below.

The current version of the REST API is v2. You can access the API at <wavefront_instance>/api/v2. The v1 API (<wavefront_instance>/api/) was deprecated in 2017 and is no longer supported.

Note: The Wavefront REST API is not the same as the /api endpoint that you specify for the Wavefront proxy.

API Documentation

The REST API is publicly documented in the Swagger-generated API documentation.

Note: In our blog post Did You Know that Our API Docs Are Alive we explain how you can experiment with our API directly from the documentation.

To access the REST API documentation:

  1. Log in to your Wavefront instance.
  2. Display the doc from the UI or using a URL:
    • From the Wavefront UI, click the gear icon at the top right of the task bar and select API Documentation.
    • Type https://<your_cluster_name>.com/api-docs/ui/

Code Samples

Some code samples are available on the VMware code website. We’re providing these samples as is - some are from the Wavefront team, others will come from the community.

Invoking the API

You can invoke the API using curl or from an API client. In either case, you must pass in a Wavefront API token.

Generating an API Token

A Wavefront API token is a string of hexadecimal characters and dashes. For example:


To generate an API token:

  1. In the Wavefront UI, click the gear icon at the top right of the task bar and select your username.
  2. At the bottom of your user profile, locate the section API Access.
  3. Click Generate. You can have up to 2 tokens at any given time. If you want to generate a new token but already have two tokens, then you must revoke one of the existing tokens.
  4. To revoke a token, click the Revoke link next to the token. If you run a script that uses a revoked token, the script returns an authorization error.

Example: Invoke the API Using curl

With curl, you specify the API token in the Authorization: Bearer header. For example, to return all alerts, run the following command:

curl 'https://<wavefront_instance>/api/v2/alert' --header 'Authorization: Bearer <wavefront_api_token>'

Generate an API Client Using Swagger

Because we expose the Wavefront REST API via Swagger, you can generate a working implementation of the API for the programming language or CLI you want to use.

Note: Using the default Swagger configuration settings might result in errors. Create your own configuration file instead, as in the following example for generating a Java client:

  1. Create a file swagger-config.json:
     "modelPackage": "com.wavefront.rest.models",
     "apiPackage": "com.wavefront.rest.api.client",
     "groupId": "com.wavefront.rest.api.client",
     "artifactId": "wf-java-sdk",
     "artifactVersion": "5.0-SNAPSHOT",
     "sourceFolder": "src/main"
  2. Generate the client, for example:

swagger-codegen generate -i https://metrics.wavefront.com/api/v2/swagger.json -c swagger-config.json -l java

Wavefront REST API Categories

The REST API supports the following categories of management tasks:

  • Alert - Retrieve active, snoozed, in-maintenance, and invalid alerts. Users with Alert Management permission can create and update alerts.
  • Cloud Integration - Retrieve cloud integration data types such as those available with the AWS integration. Users with Proxy Management permission can add and remove cloud integration data types.
  • Dashboard - Retrieve data about dashboards, list dashboards, and return version history. Users with Dashboard Management permission can save, create, delete, clone, undelete dashboards.
  • Event - Retrieve events and tags associated with a specific event. Users with Event Management permission can create, update, and delete events. Deleting events is limited to non-system events. System events include events based on alert firings, error events, and maintenance windows.
  • External Link - Navigate external links. Users with External Links Management permission can create, update, and delete external links.
  • Integration - Retrieve integrations. Users with Integration Management permission can install and uninstall integration dashboards.
  • Maintenance Window - Retrieve a complete or filtered list of existing maintenance windows. Users with Alert Management permission can create, close, update, and delete maintenance windows.
  • Message - Retrieve messages and mark messages read.
  • Metric - Retrieve details on a metric.
  • Proxy - Retrieve information about Wavefront proxies. Users with Proxy Management permission can add and remove Wavefront proxies.
  • Query - Perform queries.
  • Saved Search - Retrieve, add, and remove saved searches.
  • Search - Search agents, alerts, integrations, dashboards, external links, maintenance windows, sources, and web hooks.
  • Source - Retrieve sources and tags associated with a source. Users with Source Tag Management permission can add and remove source tags and set descriptions.
  • User - Allows users with User Management permission to retrieve a list of all users, create, update, and delete users, and manage permissions.
  • Webhook - Retrieve webhooks. Users with Alert Management permission can create, update, and delete webhooks.