By default, a running node includes a web server that presents REST API interfaces that support basic node administration functionality, as well as the ability to query the node's health and other metrics.

The REST interfaces are self-documenting, as is standard for OpenAPI-based REST APIs. You can determine the URLs to query a running node with a command like the following:

epadmin servicename=nodename.cluster display web

The example command output below shows the status of the web server as well as the available web services:

[nodename.cluster] Service Name = http.nodename.cluster
[nodename.cluster] Network Address = http://example:8008
[nodename.cluster] Web Help UI Address = http://example:8008/helpui
[nodename.cluster] Status = STARTED
[nodename.cluster] Web Services = admin,metrics,healthcheck

To view the help UI for the REST APIs exposed by the installed web services, copy the URL from the Network Address or Web Help UI Address as shown in the example above to a browser. Simply viewing the help UI does not require a user name or password. However, depending on your node's authentication configuration, you may be prompted to enter a user name — or a user name and password — when you query the node.

When a web service starts, it publishes a REST endpoint. The REST API page then presents the help UI for your node. At the top of the API page, select one of the following supported web services from the drop-down list. Note that web service support varies for nodes running EventFLow or LiveView fragments:

  • healthcheck (EventFlow fragments) — Provides a simple check for the current node status. The returned node status can be one of:



  • admin (EventFlow fragments) — Provides access to all available epadmin commands. Use to query the following endpoints:

    • GET /targets — Use to get help information from all available epadmin command targets for your node.

    • GET /targets/{target} — Use to get command help information for your node.

    • POST /targets/{target} — Execute an administration command.

    • GET /files/{filename} — Download your results into a file.

  • metrics (EventFlow, LiveView fragments) — Provides:

    • GET /metrics — Use to list all available metrics, which can include built-in engine and node metrics as well as user-built ones. Supported metrics types are:

      • Gauge: an instantaneous measurement of a value.

      • Counter: a gauge with values you can increment or decrement.

      • Meter: measures the rate (Rates) of events over time (for example, requests-per-second). The meter metric also tracks 1-, 5-, and 15-minute moving averages.

      • Histogram: measures the statistical distribution (Snapshot) of values in a data stream. In addition to minimum, maximum, mean, and so on, histogram also measures the median, 75th, 90th, 95th, 98th, 99th, and 99.9th percentiles.

      • Timer: measures both the rate that a particular piece of code is called and the distribution of its duration.

    • GET /metrics/{name} — Use to list individual metrics information based on the metric name.