Quick Start

The eagle.io API conforms to the design principles of Representational State Transfer (REST).

Our API is designed to have predictable, resource-oriented URLs and to use HTTP response codes to indicate API errors. We use built-in HTTP features which can be understood by off-the-shelf HTTP clients.

Example code is available on GitHub.


You authenticate to the eagle.io API by providing one of your API keys in the X-Api-Key request header:

GET /api/v1/nodes/
Host: api.eagle.io
X-Api-Key: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

You can manage your API keys from the account settings API keys security tab. You can have multiple API keys active at one time. Your API keys carry many privileges, so be sure to keep them secret.

All API requests must be made over HTTPS. Calls made over plain HTTP will fail. You must authenticate for all requests.

HTTP Methods

The following HTTP methods are used to determine which action to take on a particular resource:

Method Action
GET Retrieve the current representation of a resource
POST Create a new resource or action
PUT Update a specific resource
DELETE Delete a specific resource


If your client does not support the required method the X-HTTP-Method-Override header can be added to a POST request to inform the server of the desired method.

POST /api/v1/nodes/5a2a5a129bc9b4035f906d70
Host: api.eagle.io
X-Api-Key: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
X-HTTP-Method-Override: DELETE

HTTP Headers

The following HTTP headers are used by the eagle.io API:

Header Value Required Description
X-Api-Key YOUR_API_KEY Yes Unique API authentication key generated from account settings
Content-Type application/json Yes All requests containing JSON data in the body must specify this header
Content-Encoding gzip No Request body is gzip compressed
Accept-Encoding gzip No Response will use gzip compression when content-length exceeds 1024 bytes
X-HTTP-Method-Override PUT, DELETE No Clients not supporting PUT/DELETE methods can send via POST with this header

HTTP Status Codes

The eagle.io API will return appropriate HTTP status codes for every request.

Code Status Description
200 OK Completed successfully
201 Created Resource created successfully
202 Operation accepted Operation accepted but not yet complete
304 Not Modified There was no new data to return
400 Bad Request The request was invalid or cannot be otherwise served
401 Unauthorized Authentication failed
403 Forbidden No permission for HTTP Method or requested resource
404 Requested resource not found Requested resource not found
405 Method Not Allowed Resource does not support the requested HTTP Method
413 Request Too Large Request body or response exceeds limit
429 Too Many Requests Request has been rejected for exceeding usage limits
500 Internal Server Error Error occurred processing the request
503 Service Unavailable Service is temporarily unavailable

Error and Status messages

Error and Status messages are always returned in a standard JSON format with the status code and message in the body of the response. An example error response:

{"error": {"code": 405, "message": "Method not allowed for requested resource"}}

Status messages are returned for certain requests that have been accepted but do not return a resource in the response body:

{"status": {"code": 202, "message": "Operation accepted but not yet complete"}}

HTTP Compression

HTTP compression is supported on both incoming and outgoing requests. Compression is highly recommended where large requests are being submitted.

We use the standard HTTP method of specifying compression encoding, with support for the gzip compression schema.

Incoming compression

In order to send compressed data to the eagle.io API it is necessary to send it with gzip encoding. Compress your data using gzip and add the Content-Encoding header to your request:

Content-Encoding: gzip

Outgoing compression

To receive data from the eagle.io API in gzip compressed format simply add the Accept-Encoding header to your request:

Accept-Encoding: gzip

Any response exceeding 1024 bytes will be compressed and the Content-Encoding header added.

Resource Attributes

API Resource requests commonly result in a response containing the current representation of one or more resources. The representations are a combination of attributes used to describe the individual resources.

Consumers of Resources should tolerate the addition of new attributes and variance in ordering of attributes with ease. Not all attributes appear in all contexts. It is generally safe to consider a nulled attribute, an empty set, and the absence of an attribute as the same thing.

Attributes are assigned specific Data types which are enforced for all requests and include:

Data type Example Description
Number 12.4 Any number. Also expressed as Int32 or Int64 for integers and Double for double precision floating point numbers
Boolean true true or false
String “Valve Open” Any text surrounded in quotes
Time “2014-09-24T19:48:32.000Z” ISO8601 timestamp surrounded in quotes
ObjectId “53ce0b6a0eba8dc46900000f” Unique identifier surrounded in quotes
Array [“item1”, “item2”] List of items. May contain any data type but generally not mixed
Object {“key”: “value”} Nested attributes
Variable   May contain various data types but usually specific for each resource _class

Request Arguments

Most API Resource requests allow for arguments to be specified as part of the request URL. While some resources have required arguments, most are optional and are used to alter, refine or filter the response.

Arguments are specified using the standard Query string format and should be appended to the resource endpoint, prefixed with a ‘?’.


Certain resource request arguments may contain sub-arguments (denoted by indentation in arguments table). Sub-arguments should be included in parentheses with key/value separated by colons and multiple arguments semicolon delimited.


All special characters should be Url Encoded.

The query string should not exceed 4096 bytes. A 413 Request Too Large response will be returned for requests exceeding the size limit.

Filter Argument

Certain API Resource requests allow for an optional filter argument to be specified. When a filter is provided, only resources with attributes matching the filter criteria will be returned. If no criteria matches than an empty set will be returned.

The filter argument includes the attribute name with an operator and operand colon delimited and included in parentheses directly after the attribute name:


An example filter request for recently created nodes:


The following operators can be used when specifying filter criteria. Use is limited to specific attribute data types:

Operator Supported data types Description
$gt Number, Time Greater than
$gte Number, Time Greater than or equal to
$lt Number, Time Less than
$lte Number, Time Less than or equal to
$eq Number, Time, Boolean, String, ObjectId Equal
$ne Number, Time, Boolean, String, ObjectId Not equal
$match String Text match

Multiple filter criteria can be specified using logical AND, OR operators. To specify an AND between criteria, use a comma character ‘,’. To specify an OR between criteria, use a pipe character ‘|’ Url Encoded as ‘%7C’. The AND criteria is always evaluated before the OR criteria.

An example of a multi-criteria filter request for retrieving nodes with (name matching Batt* AND isActive true) OR (createdTime greater than 2015-01-01T00:00:00Z):



If the attribute data type is Variable you must explicitly specify the data type of the operand.

Example specifying currentValue operand as a Time:


Data Formats

The eagle.io API uses JSON data format by default for all requests and responses. Certain resources allow for alternate data formats by specifying the format argument as part of the request URL:


Content-Type is always included in the header of the response:

Content-Type: text/csv; charset=utf-8


Content-Type must be defined in the header of all requests that contain data:

Content-Type: application/json

The body of the request must be valid JSON or a 400 Bad Request response will be returned. The complete HTTP request should not exceed 5MB before compression. A 413 Request Too Large response will be returned for requests exceeding the size limit.

Example request for inserting historic data:

POST /api/v1/nodes/542a5a129bc9b4035f906d70/historic/
Host: api.eagle.io
X-Api-Key: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Content-Type: application/json
    "docType": "jts",
    "version": "1.0",
    "data": [
        { "ts": "2014-10-07T01:25:00.000Z", "f": { "0": { "v": 10.0, "q": 100 } } },
        { "ts": "2014-10-07T01:26:00.000Z", "f": { "0": { "v": 10.2, "q": 100 } } }


Example response from a Nodes GET request:

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Length: 831
Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8
    "_class": "io.eagle.models.node.point.NumberPoint",
    "_id": "541a5a129bc9b4035f906d70",
    "createdTime": "2014-09-18T04:05:38.699Z",
    "currentStateId": "541a58dc9bc9b4035f906938",
    "currentTime": "2014-10-06T21:06:29.000Z",
    "currentValue": 157.7,
    "displayType": "VALUE",
    "format": "0.###",
    "isActive": true,
    "name": "Temperature",
    "oldestStateId": "541a58dc9bc9b4035f906938",
    "oldestTime": "2014-02-13T22:58:53.000Z",
    "oldestValue": 144.7,
    "ownerId": "52969365593a1a3a3200000f",
    "parentId": "541a59fb9bc9b4035f906d58",
    "previousTime": "2014-10-06T21:01:28.000Z",
    "previousValue": 164.1,
    "states": [
            "name": "NORMAL",
            "index": 0,
            "categoryId": null,
            "_id": "541a58dc9bc9b4035f906938",
            "notify": "NEVER",
            "description": "",
            "isAlarm": false,
            "_class": "io.eagle.models.node.point.PointState"
    "statesType": "RANGE",
    "units": "",
    "workspaceId": "536884ecb5a76fd5d3000014"

Resource Ids

Most resources must be accessed with an id. The automatically assigned id is stored as the _id attribute of the resource. Nodes can optionally be assigned a unique customId which can also be used to access the resource prepended with ‘@’. Learn how to assign a customId.

Example accessing a node by its automatically assigned _id


Example accessing a node by its customId



The API version number is specified as part of the URL. v1 is the currently supported version and has a base URL:


As we make updates and additions to the eagle.io API, we will only make changes, add new features and/or implement fixes to the current released API that do not affect backward compatibility.

Usage Limits

API usage is rate limited by IP Address to prevent misuse. If you exceed more than 350 requests per 5 minute window the request will be refused and you will receive a 429 Too Many Requests response.

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