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API Server

Ralph comes with an API server that aims to implement the LRS specification (still a work in progress).

Getting started

The API server can be started up with the following command:

$ ralph runserver

Before you can start your API server and make requests against it, you need to set up your credentials.

Creating a credentials file

The credentials file is expected to be a valid JSON file. Its location is specified by the RALPH_AUTH_FILE configuration value. By default, ralph will look for the auth.json file in the application directory (see click documentation for details).

The expected format is a list of entries (JSON objects) each containing the username, the user’s bcrypt hashed+salted password and scopes they can access:

    "username": "",
    "hash": "$2b$12$yBXrzIuRIk6yaft5KUgVFOIPv0PskCCh9PXmF2t7pno.qUZ5LK0D2",
    "scopes": ["example_scope"]
    "username": "",
    "hash": "$2b$12$yBXrzIuRIk6yaft5KUgVFOIPv0PskCCh9PXmF2t7pno.qUZ5LK0D2",
    "scopes": ["second_scope", "third_scope"]

The hash can be generated with a python script executed directly in the command line:

# Install bcrypt
$ python3 -m pip install bcrypt
# Generate the hash and print it to console
$ python3 -c 'import bcrypt; print(bcrypt.hashpw(b"PASSWORD", bcrypt.gensalt()).decode("ascii"))'

Making a GET request

The first request that can be answered by the ralph API server is a whoami request, which checks if the user is authenticated and returns their username and permission scopes.

Use curl to get http://localhost:8100/whoami:

$ curl http://localhost:8100/whoami
< HTTP/1.1 401 Unauthorized
< {"error":"Not authenticated"}

Send your username and password to the API server through HTTP Basic Auth:

$ curl --user http://localhost:8100/whoami
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< {"username":"","scopes":["authenticated","example_scope"]}