Management API

The Management API is a RESTful API that enables to perform Create/Read/Update/Delete operations for provisioning targets (i.e. devices) and repository content (i.e. software).

Based on the Management API you can manage and monitor software update operations via HTTP/HTTPS. The Management API supports JSON payload with hypermedia as well as filtering, sorting and paging. Furthermore the Management API provides permission based access control and standard roles as well as custom role creation.

The API is protected and needs authentication and authorization based on the security concept.

API Version

hawkBit provides an consistent Management API interface that guarantees backwards compatibility for future releases by version control.

The current version of the Management API is version 1 (v1) with the URI http://localhost:8080/rest/v1/

API Resources

Supported HTTP-methods are:

  • GET
  • POST
  • PUT

Available Management APIs resources are:


For all requests an Authorization header has to be set.

  • Username: Tenant\username
  • Password: password

Also have a look to the Security chapter.

In addition, for POST and PUT requests the Content-Type header has to be set. Accepted content-types are.

  • application/json
  • application/hal+json

Request Body

Besides the relevant data (name, description, createdBy etc.) of a resource entity, a resource entity also has URIs (_links) to linked resource entities.

A Distribution Set entity may have for example URIs to artifacts, Software Modules, Software Module Types and metadata.

"_links": {
    "artifacts": {
        "href": "http://localhost:8080/rest/v1/softwaremodules/83/artifacts"
    "self": {
        "href": "http://localhost:8080/rest/v1/softwaremodules/83"
    "type": {
        "href": "http://localhost:8080/rest/v1/softwaremoduletypes/43"
    "metadata": {
        "href": "http://localhost:8080/rest/v1/softwaremodules/83/metadata?offset=0&limit=50"