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HTTP API reference

The Grafana backend exposes an HTTP API, which is the same API that is used by the frontend to do everything from saving dashboards, creating users, and updating data sources.

Since version 8.4, HTTP API details are specified using OpenAPI v2.

Starting from version 9.1, there is also a OpenAPI v3 specification (generated by the v2 one).

Users can browser and try out both via the Swagger UI editor (served by the grafana server) by navigating to /swagger.

Authenticating API requests

You can authenticate requests using basic auth, a service account token or a session cookie (acquired using regular login or OAuth).

Basic Auth

If basic auth is enabled (it is enabled by default), then you can authenticate your HTTP request via standard basic auth. Basic auth will also authenticate LDAP users.

curl example:

curl http://admin:admin@localhost:3000/api/org
{"id":1,"name":"Main Org."}

Service Account Token

To create a service account token, click on Administration in the left-side menu, click Users and access, then Service Accounts. For more information on how to use service account tokens, refer to the Service Accounts documentation.

You use the token in all requests in the Authorization header, like this:


Accept: application/json
Authorization: Bearer eyJrIjoiT0tTcG1pUlY2RnVKZTFVaDFsNFZXdE9ZWmNrMkZYbk

The Authorization header value should be Bearer <your service account token>.

X-Grafana-Org-Id Header

X-Grafana-Org-Id is an optional property that specifies the organization to which the action is applied. If it is not set, the created key belongs to the current context org. Use this header in all requests except those regarding admin.

Example Request:

GET /api/org/ HTTP/1.1
Accept: application/json
Content-Type: application/json
X-Grafana-Org-Id: 2
Authorization: Bearer eyJrIjoiT0tTcG1pUlY2RnVKZTFVaDFsNFZXdE9ZWmNrMkZYbk


Deprecated HTTP APIs

Grafana Enterprise HTTP APIs

Grafana Enterprise includes all of the Grafana OSS APIs as well as those that follow: