Data Import format for creating sandbox data.

Sebastian Henschel edited this page Feb 22, 2017 · 37 revisions

This page refers to a data import format. (The API does not return data like this)

If you would like to create new banks, accounts and transactions on our sandbox, use this json format and send the file to us at contact AT and we'll import it for you.

An example file for data import can be found in the repo.

If you wish to create your own sandbox, follow the Custom Instance instructions below.


  • bank id must be unique
  • email must be unique
  • account id must be unique for the bank
  • must be specified in the top level "banks"
  • accounts.number must be unique for the bank
  • accounts.balance amount represented as a string
  • must be unique for the account
  • accounts.owners: at least one is required, and must be specified in the top level "users"
  • generate_public_view: if this account and its data should be visible to anyone without authentication (some fields will be hidden)
  • transactions.this_account: must be specified in the top level "accounts"
  • transactions.counterparty: optional, but useful if specified.
  • transactions.details.new_balance: represented as a string (the balance of the account after this transaction)
  • transactions.details.value: represented as a string (the amount of the transaction, negative if money left the account, positive if it came in)

Once the data has been imported you can view it / manage it using:

Custom data

To populate your OBP database with sandbox data:

  1. In the API's props file, set allow_sandbox_data_import=true

Probably best then, is to use the API Explorer (

  1. Get your user_id from the API Explorer at /#2_0_0-getCurrentUser

  2. Add this id to super_admin_user_ids in the API's props file and restart the API

  3. Go back to API Explorer, log in again and grant your user the role CanCreateSandbox at /#2_0_0-addEntitlement (make bank_id empty)

  4. Now post the JSON data using the payload field at /#2_1_0-sandboxDataImport

  5. If successful you should see an empty result {} and no error message

Docker instance

If you are using an OBP Docker image e.g.:

Follow the link to it's docker file e.g.

and then the props e.g.

use the value in sandbox_data_import_secret for the "CHANGE_ME" value in the POST request above.

Add more transactions after initial import

If you wish to sync your sandbox / OBP instance with an incoming source of transactions you have at least 3 choices:

1) Use the management endpoint: /obp_transactions_saver/api/transactions

to POST new transactions. You will need to set the following in your Props file: importer_secret=change_me

See this test for the json format required

2) Use the OBP Kafka connector to source transactions in real time.

See here. You can write your OBP Kafka connector in any language you like.

3) Write your own connector (in Scala / Java) to source accounts and transactions.

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