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Use the Interana external query API

The Interana external API lets you extract summarized and aggregated data for use in downstream processes, dashboards, or reports.

To use the API, you need the following:

  • an API token
  • a query response identifier or BQL query.

Once you have these two pieces of information, you can submit GET or POST requests through the API.

API queries use cluster resources on a scale similar to ad hoc queries initiated in the Interana UI. To maintain performance across your Interana cluster when using the query API, use the same best practices for query efficiency that you use with queries that originate in the UI.

Generate an API token

You can generate an API token using your browser:

  1. In your browser, log into Interana.
  2. In the URL bar, append /api/create_token to the host name of your Interana cluster and hit Enter. For example, if your Interana host name is, enter
  3. The browser immediately returns either a failure message or a success message with an API token. A success message looks like this:
    {"token": "san+aslnasw50293sjlfhgnoOvWW/sQH09y0", "success": true}
    the quoted string after "token" is the token (without the quotes). Copy (and paste) the token to use later.

Obtain a query

You have two ways to create a query:

  • You can use the Interana UI to create a query, then use the query response identifier to run the exact query programmatically.
  • You can use the Interana behavioral query language (BQL) to define a query using SQL-like syntax, and run the BQL query programmatically.
Define a query in the UI
  1. Use the UI to define the query you wish to make programmatic. Press Go to run the query.
  2. When you press Go, the URL in your browser appends a query response identifier, like r9372 or something similar. Copy the query response identifier to use in the API later.
Define a query using BQL
  1. Define a BQL query.
  2. Use the existing endpoint to send BQL instead of the query response identifier.

Use the API


The API accepts HTTP POST requests from any HTTP client.

  Query response ID BQL query
Endpoint http://{your_domain_name}/v1/query http://{your_domain_name}/v1/query
Request parameter format JSON in the body of the request in the query_response_id field JSON in the body of the request in the bql field
Example request location {"query_response_id": "r9372"} {'bql': 'select count(*) from foreverMusic}

Your domain name is the URL at which you access the Interana UI. Pass the API token in the Authorization header prefixed with "Token" and separated by a single space.

Sample requests

You can optionally use the --verbose flag with curl and receive some output below the request, before the curl response:

$ curl '' \
    -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
    -H 'Authorization: Token san+aslnasw50293sjlfhgnoOvWW/sQH09y0' \
    -d '{"query_response_id": "r9372"}' --verbose
> POST /v1/query HTTP/2
> Host:
> User-Agent: curl/7.54.0
> Accept: */*
> Content-type: application/json
> Authorization: Token san+aslnasw50293sjlfhgnoOvWW/sQH09y0
> Content-Length: 32

Pass the API token in the Authorization header prefixed with "Token" and separated by a single space.

In an HTTP client, the POST request might look like the following:

POST /v1/query
Authorization: Token san+aslnasw50293sjlfhgnoOvWW/sQH09y0
Content-Type: application/json {"query_response_id": "r9372"}


The response includes:

  • start and end times for every measurement
  • a measurement value for each measurement
  • a value for any split bys.

Here is a sample response for a simple show count of events query splitting by artist:

"measure 1":473,
"artist": "All Others"
"measure 1": 130,
"end_time_0": 1540364400000,
"start_time_0": 1509260400000,
"artist": "Gorillaz"
{ "measure 1": 11,
"end_time_0": 154103400000,
"start_time_0": 15124300000,
"artist": "Beethoven"
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