Overview and Basics


The Kegbot Web API is a work in progress. It should not be considered stable until Kegbot Server v1.0 is released.

Quick Examples

Itching to get started? Here are some quick, real-life examples. For the full listing of API endpoints and actions, see API Endpoints.

Get tap status

$ curl http://demo.kegbot.org/api/taps

Record a drink (anonymous user)

$ curl http://demo.kegbot.org/api/taps/kegboard.flow0 \
  -F ticks=100

Record a drink (specific user)

$ curl http://demo.kegbot.org/api/taps/kegboard.flow0 \
  -F ticks=100 \
  -F username=mikey

Authenticate a token

$ curl http://demo.kegbot.org/api/auth-tokens/rfid.1234/?api_key=abcd

URL Scheme

Endpoints in the Kegbot API follow a predictable URL scheme whenever possible. The general convention is /<noun>/<id>/, or /<noun>/<id>/<subresource>/.

The noun portion is typically a pluralized core Kegbot data type: “kegs”, “drinks”, and so on. The id portion is a unique identifier for that type of noun (typically a string or opaque id). For example, /users/mikey returns basic information about that user, and /users/mikey/drinks returns his detailed drink list.

In most places, id can be omitted in order to return a bulk listing for that resource type. For example, /kegs/12 lists details about about eg #12, and /kegs lists all kegs.

Data Format

The response from an endpoint is a JSON dictionary. Normal (non-error) responses always contain a single top-level entry named result, containing the endpoint’s response data as specified in API Endpoints.

Dates and times are always expressed in the UTC time zone, in ISO8601 string format.

Error Handling

If an error occurred or the request could not be processed, the response will instead have the top-level field error, as shown below:

  "error" : {
    "code" : "PermissionDenied",
    "message" : "You do not have permission to view this resource."

The code field lists a specific error code, and the message field contains a human-readable explanation. For a complete list of possible error codes, see Error Codes.

In addition to the Kegbot error codes, the API server will also use HTTP status codes to indicate success (200) or failure (400). Clients must handle non-200 responses, which may be caused by heavy load, server error, or other exceptional circumstances.

Security & Authentication

An endpoint will be in one of two modes:

  • Open. Anyone can navigate to the endpoint and read its data.
  • Restricted. An API key is required to read or update the endpoint.


When the Kegbot’s privacy settings are set to “Members Only”, Open endpoints can only be accessed while logged in or with an API key.

All staff and superuser accounts are granted API keys. The key can be found (or reset) by logging in to the account profile page. Example value:


This token can be supplied multiple ways:

  • HTTP Request Header: X-Kegbot-Api-Key (preferred)
  • HTTP GET/POST Parameter: api_key


In addition to reading and querying data, the web API can be used for inserting and modifying records. These are implemented as HTTP POST operations.

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