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Accessing the output API

The output API is a REST service that let you manage resources and query values.

Security and Authentication

As stated here, users need a valid apikey to access the output API.

Getting an apikey


You can use the admin console to manage apikeys.

It is possible to generate a temporary apikey using the /login endpoint. Using curl:

# creds.json contains: { "username": "<USERNAME>", "password": "<PASSWORD>" }
curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
    -X POST \
    -d @creds.json \   

The answer will be something like:


The two fields that are of interest are userId and secret.

Adding authentication to requests

Each subsequent request to the output API should include the two following headers:

bbuser: <userId>
bbtoken: <secret>

With curl, use the -H option:

curl -H 'bbuser: 1' \
     -H 'bbtoken: e2356d757006bfddba9001dafefccd23' \   

Creating a permanent apikey

In case you don't want to login each time (the apikey is valid for only two hours), you can either generate a new apikey with no expiration date or modify the expiration date of the created apikey.

For example, to create a new read-and-write apikey with no expiration date and a description:

curl -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
     -H 'bbuser: 1' \
     -H 'bbtoken: e2356d757006bfddba9001dafefccd23' \
     -X PUT \
     -d '{"description": "my apikey"}' \

To modify the current apikey, use the POST method. Copy-paste the response of the login request and remove the expirationdate field:

curl -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
     -H 'bbuser: 1' \
     -H 'bbtoken: e2356d757006bfddba9001dafefccd2c' \
     -X POST \
     -d '{"description":"auto_login modified","id":3485,"readOnly":false,"secret":"e2356d757006bfddba9001dafefccd23","userId":1} ' \


The whole API is documented using RAML. You can consult the HTML version at


To familiarise yourself with the API, you need a tool to easily make requests. We present here two of those tools, curl and postman.


curl is a command line tool available in Linux and Mac OS X.

For Windows users: Windows 10 comes with a native bash shell. If you have an earlier version of Windows, have a look at babun or cygwin to emulate linux shells.

curl is very easy to use, as you have seen in the example above. Many tutorials are available if you need more information.


postman is a powerful GUI platform for API development and testing available for Linux, Mac, Windows and Chrome.

To get started, follow those steps:

  1. download the BBData API description for postman.
  2. On the postman interface, click on import and select the downloaded file. This will create a collection with all output API requests.
  3. On the postman interface, click on settings > manage environments > add.
  4. Give your environment a name and add three properties: (A) server the url of the server (B) bbuser your user id (C) bbtoken a valid apikey:

    postman environment
  5. Save the environment and select it on the dropdown at the top right of the interface.

You should be all set ! Try to click on a request and hit send.