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Keptn API

In this section, the functionality and commands of the Keptn REST API are described.


  • To access the Keptn API, a running Keptn installation is needed. If you have not set up Keptn yet, please start here.

  • To get the API token for authenticating API calls, please see here.

Access the Keptn API

The Keptn API is documented in terms of a Swagger API documentation.

  • Use the Keptn CLI to retrieve the endpoint of your Keptn API via the command keptn status:

    keptn status
    Starting to authenticate
    Successfully authenticated
    CLI is authenticated against the Keptn cluster http://YOUR.DOMAIN/api
  • Access the Keptn Swagger API documentation in your browser at: http://YOUR.DOMAIN/api

  • The index page of the Swagger API documentation looks as follows:

    Keptn Swagger API documentation

Explore the Keptn API

  • Select one of the two API collections:

    • api-service contains endpoints to authenticate, get Keptn metadata, create/delete a project, to create service, and to send/get events.

    • configuration-service provides GET endpoints for project/stage/service and endpoints for resource management.

    • mongodb-datastore provides GET endpoint to retrieve Keptn events.

    Select API
  • Clicking on an endpoint reveals more details how to use it, including definitions and examples of the payload.

    Keptn Swagger API documentation - Example

Architecture Details of Keptn API

Keptn 0.6.2 introduced an NGINX as new K8s deployment and service called api-gateway-ngnix shown in the figure below. This NGINX allows to route the traffic and ensures that all requests are authenticated using the /auth endpoint of the api-service.

  • The api-service now does not implement endpoints of the configuration-service anymore.
  • The configuration-service is exposed to the public. Endpoints that are not intended to be used from the public (e.g., deleting a project) are marked and the description is accordingly adapted.
  • The mongodb-datastore is exposed to the public. Endpoints that are not intended to be used from the public are marked and the description is accordingly adapted.

Architecture of Keptn installation:

Architecture of Keptn installation