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Node Command Line

This page describes the Live API Creator Command Line Interface (CLI).

Live API Creator Command Line 

A Node.js command-line tool to access CA Live API Creator REST API and Logic services. Refer to online documentation of creating and using  REST API

Locate the source from here.


  1. Make sure node.js is installed
  2. Install using npm by running the following:

 Windows   Unix / Mac
From the Command line: On Unix and Mac, you will probably need to run this with sudo because of file permissions:
npm install -g liveapicreator-cli
sudo npm install -g liveapicreator-cli

Windows: Please note that, on Windows, npm install will create an executable called liveapicreator in your <node_modules>/.bin directory. If this directory is not in your PATH, you will probably want to fix that, otherwise you'll have to specify the full path to the executable.


  • Log in once per server, stay "logged in" for the lifetime of the Auth Token 
  • Can call GET, POST, PUT and DELETE 
  • Can read/write objects from/to file or stdin (suitable for pipe work!)

Command Line Service

Note: lac is provided as an alias for liveapicreator

$ liveapicreator --help
Usage: liveapicreator \[options] [command]
Commands: login [options] Login to an API server logout [options] Logout from the current server, or a specific server use <alias> Use the specified server by default status Show the current server, and any defined server aliases get <resource> [options] Retrieve some data for the given resource/table/view post <resource> [options] Insert some data put <resource> [options] Update some data delete <resource> [options] Delete some data describe <resource> [options] Describe the specified resource, can be: tables[/tablename], views[/viewname], license, serverinfo Options: -h, --help output usage information -V, --version output the version number

Logon to an API Server

$ liveapicreator login http://localhost:8080/rest/default/demo/v1 -u demo -p Password1 -a demo
Logging in... This server licensed to: My Company Login successful, API key will expire on: 2016-11-18T15:03:37.342Z

See which server (if any) you are logged into

$ liveapicreator status
You are currently logged in to server: https://localhost:8080/rest/default/demo/v1 as user demo Defined aliases: ┌───────┬───────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┬───────┐ │ Alias │ Server │ User │ ├───────┼───────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┼───────┤ │ hr │ │ hradm │ ├───────┼───────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┼───────┤ │ demo │ │ demo │ └───────┴───────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┴───────┘

DESCRIBE a system resource

This can return information about all tables, or one specific table, or all views/one specific view, or get information about the server or the server's license. The possible values for the resource are:

  • tables
  • tables/<table-name>
  • views
  • views/<view-name>
  • resources
  • procedures
  • license
  • serverinfo
$ liveapicreator describe tables
DB Table ---- ------------------- demo customer demo employee demo employee_picture demo LineItem demo product demo PurchaseOrder demo purchaseorder_audit
$ liveapicreator describe tables/product
Name Type Size PK -------------- ------- -------- -- product_number BIGINT 19 * name VARCHAR 50 price DECIMAL 19 icon BLOB 65535 full_image BLOB 16777215


  Usage: get <resource> [options] 

    -h, --help                       output usage information
    -k, --pk <pk>                    Optional: primary key of the object to retrieve
    -f, --sysfilter <sysfilter>      Optional: sysfilter, e.g. "less(balance:1000) or equal(name:'SomeName')
    -s, --sysorder <sysorder>        Optional: sorting sysorder, e.g. "(balance asc,name desc_uc)"
    -g, --userfilter <named filter>  Optional: named filter, e.g. "namedFilter(columnName:'SomeName')
    -t, --userorder <named order>    Optional: named sorts, e.g. "namedSort([columnName])"
    -z, --pagesize <pagesize>        Optional: up to how many rows to return per level
    -m, --format <format>            Optional: format of output, either text (default), json or compactjson    --truncate <length>
    -a, --serverAlias <serverAlias>  Optional: alias of the server to use if other than the current default server

liveapicreator get customer -k "Alpha and Sons"

Get a single REST endpoint (compressed format)

$ liveapicreator get employee
demo:employee/1 employee_id:1 login:sam name:Sam Yosemite
demo:employee/2 employee_id:2 login:mlittlelamb name:Mary Little-Lamb
demo:employee/3 employee_id:3 login:sconnor name:Sarah Connor
demo:employee/4 employee_id:4 login:jkim name:John Kim
demo:employee/5 employee_id:5 login:bmcmanus name:Becky McManus

GET a single REST endpoint (JSON format)

$ liveapicreator get employee/4 -m json 
      "links": [
    "employee_id": 4,
    "name""John Kim"
liveapicreator get demo:customer --userfilter "myFilter(custname:'Alpha and Sons')" --userorder "sortByName"

POST (insert) a JSON payload

$ liveapicreator post --help
  Usage: post <resource> [options]
    -h, --help                       output usage information
    -j, --json <json>                JSON for the data being inserted
    -f, --jsonfile <jsonfile>        Name of a file containing JSON to be inserted, or stdin to read from stdin
    -m, --format <format>            Optional: format of output, either text (default), json or compactjson
    -a, --serverAlias <serverAlias>  Optional: alias of the server to use if other than the current default server
$ liveapicreator post customer -j '{ "name": "new posted record","balance": 0,"credit_limit": 9000 }'
POST for customer:
I demo:customer/new%20posted%20record name:new posted record balance:0 credit_limit:9000
Request took: 61ms - # objects touched: 1 

PUT (update) a JSON Payload

$ liveapicreator put --help
  Usage: put <resource> [options]
    -h, --help                       output usage information
    -j, --json <json>                JSON string for the data being updated
    -f, --jsonfile <jsonfile>        Name of a file containing JSON to be updated, or stdin to read from stdin
    -m, --format <format>            Optional: format of output, either text (default), json or compactjson
    -a, --serverAlias <serverAlias>  Optional: alias of the server to use if other than the current default server
$ liveapicreator put customer -j '{ "@metadata": {"checksum": "A:693190f461f5402e"  }, "name": "new posted record", "credit_limit": 8000  }'
PUT for customer:
U demo:customer/new%20posted%20record name:new posted record balance:0 credit_limit:8000
Request took: 42ms - # objects touched: 1 

note: you can replace the checksum value with "override" - but this overrides optimistic locking so use it wisely.

DELETE a REST resource

$ liveapicreator delete --help
  Usage: delete <resource> [options]
    -h, --help                       output usage information
    -k, --pk <pk>                    Primary key of the object to delete
    --checksum <checksum>            Optional: checksum for the object to delete, or "override". If not specified, the object will be retrieved then deleted.
    -f, --jsonfile <jsonfile>        Optional: name of a file containing JSON to be deleted, or stdin to read from stdin
    -m, --format <format>            Optional: format of output, either text (default), json or compactjson
    -a, --serverAlias <serverAlias>  Optional: alias of the server to use if other than the current default server
liveapicreator delete customer -k "new posted record" --checksum "A:e86aea2e0a4e74bf" 


$ liveapicreator logout
Logout successful