API authentication

hMAAS’s API uses OAuth (external link) as its authentication mechanism. This isn’t third-party (3-legged) OAuth, so the process used is what’s commonly referred to as 0-legged OAuth: the consumer accesses protected resources by submitting OAuth signed requests.

Note that some API endpoints support unauthenticated requests (i.e. anonymous access). See the API documentation for details.

Quick questions you may have:

Here are two examples on how to perform an authenticated GET request to retrieve the list of nodes. The <key>, <secret>, <consumer_key> tokens are the three elements that compose the API key (API key = ‘<consumer_key>:<key>:<secret>’).


import oauth.oauth as oauth
import httplib2
import uuid

def perform_API_request(site, uri, method, key, secret, consumer_key):
    resource_tok_string = "oauth_token_secret=%s&oauth_token=%s" % (
        secret, key)
    resource_token = oauth.OAuthToken.from_string(resource_tok_string)
    consumer_token = oauth.OAuthConsumer(consumer_key, "")

    oauth_request = oauth.OAuthRequest.from_consumer_and_token(
        consumer_token, token=resource_token, http_url=site,
        parameters={'oauth_nonce': uuid.uuid4().hex})
        oauth.OAuthSignatureMethod_PLAINTEXT(), consumer_token,
    headers = oauth_request.to_header()
    url = "%s%s" % (site, uri)
    http = httplib2.Http()
    return http.request(url, method, body=None, headers=headers)

# API key = '<consumer_key>:<key>:<secret>'
response = perform_API_request(
    'http://server/MAAS/api/1.0', '/nodes/?op=list', 'GET', '<key>', '<secret>',


require 'oauth'
require 'oauth/signature/plaintext'

def perform_API_request(site, uri, key, secret, consumer_key)
    consumer = OAuth::Consumer.new(
        consumer_key, "",
        { :site => "http://localhost/MAAS/api/1.0",
          :scheme => :header, :signature_method => "PLAINTEXT"})
    access_token = OAuth::AccessToken.new(consumer, key, secret)
    return access_token.request(:get, "/nodes/?op=list")

# API key = "<consumer_key>:<key>:<secret>"
response = perform_API_request(
     "http://server/MAAS/api/1.0", "/nodes/?op=list", "<key>", "<secret>",

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