Data Retrieval

Using the REST API of OpenADMS Server, observations, log messages, and heartbeats can be accessed by many programming languages and 3rd party applications.


cURL can be used to retrieve and send data from or to an OpenADMS Server instance. You may want to format the JSON output with jq.

Return a single observation with ID 00ce160e5cbb49b9bc2ee6f243f87841 in JSON format:

$ curl -X GET -u <user>:<password> \
  -H "Accept: application/json" \
  -G ""

Return the same observation in CSV format instead:

$ curl -X GET -u <user>:<password> \
  -H "Accept: text/csv" \
  -G ""

Return all log messages of a given time period in JSON format and pipe the output to jq:

$ curl -X GET -u <user>:<password> \
  -H "Accept: application/json" \
  -G<pid>/nodes/<nid>/logs/?start=2020-01-01T00:00:00&end=2020-06-01T00:00:00 | jq


HTTPie is a more convenient command-line tool for JSON output of API results. For example, to return all log messages of a given time period, run:

$ http -a <user>:<password> \<pid>/nodes/<nid>/logs/ \
  start==2020-03-23T00:00:00 end==2020-05-01T00:00:00

Python 3

The Requests library for Python 3 allows access to arbitrary web resources. The example below reads all observation data and prints them to console.

import requests

if __name__ == '__main__':
    host = ''        # OpenADMS Server instance.
    user = '<user>'                 # User name.
    password = '<password>'         # User password.

    pid = '<pid>'                   # Project id.
    nid = '<nid>'                   # Sensor node id.
    sensor = '<sensor>'             # Sensor name.
    target = '<target>'             # Target name.

    start = '2020-01-01T00:00:00'   # Start of time period.
    end = '2020-12-31T23:59:59'     # End of time period.

    api = ''.join(['https://', host, '/api/v1/projects/', pid, '/nodes/', nid,
                   '/sensors/', sensor, '/targets/', target, '/observations/'])

    payload = { 'start': start, 'end': end }
    r = requests.get(api, auth=(user, password), params=payload, timeout=30)

GNU Octave

The URL manipulation tools of GNU Octave can directly download resources from OpenADMS Server into the current workspace. The example uses the JSONLab library:

>> addpath('./jsonlab');
>> host = "";
>> user = "<user>";
>> password = "<password>";
>> api = strcat("https://", user, ":", password, "@", host, "/api/v1/");
>> x = loadjson(urlread(api));
>> x =

  scalar structure containing the fields:

    database = timeseries
    timestamp = 2020-03-25T17:17:19.212534+01:00
    uptime = 1 day 15:50:47
    version = PostgreSQL 11.7 on amd64-portbld-freebsd12.1, compiled by FreeBSD clang version 8.0.1 (tags/RELEASE_801/final 366581) (based on LLVM 8.0.1), 64-bit

MATLAB offers similiar routines to read from RESTful web services. See directory examples/clients/octave/ for a more complete example.


Also, web applications written in JavaScript can access the OpenADMS Server API as well. The example in examples/clients/js/ uses jQuery and Papa Parse to retrieve observations in CSV format and list them in a table. Simply open index.html in a web browser. jQuery and Papa Parse are are fetched from CDN.