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SiriDB HTTP provides a HTTP API and optional web interface for SiriDB.

Note: Since version 2.0.0 SiriDB HTTP is written in Go. For the 1.x version in Python you should go to this release tag.


  • Optional Web interface for sending queries and inserting data
  • SSL (HTTPS) support
  • Optional Basic Authentication
  • Support for JSON, MsgPack, QPack and CSV
  • IPv6 support
  • support


SiriDB HTTP 2.x can be compiled from source or, for most systems, you can simply download a pre-compiled binary.


Go to and download the binary for your system. In this documentation we refer to the binary as siridb-http. On Linux/OSX it might be required to set the execution flag:

$ chmod +x siridb-http_X.Y.Z_OS_ARCH.bin

You might want to copy the binary to /usr/local/bin and create a symlink like this:

$ sudo cp siridb-http_X.Y.Z_OS_ARCH.bin /usr/local/bin/
$ sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/siridb-http_X.Y.Z_OS_ARCH.bin /usr/local/bin/siridb-http

Note: replace X.Y.Z_OS_ARCH with your binary, for example 2.0.0_linux_amd64

Compile from source

Before compiling from source make sure go, npm and git are installed and your $GOPATH is set.

Clone the project using git. (we assume git is installed)

git clone

Make sure less is installed:

$ sudo npm install -g less less-plugin-clean-css

The script can be used to build the binary:

$ ./ -i -l -w -b -p

Or, if you want the development version which uses original files from /build and /static instead of build-in files:

$ ./ -i -l -w -b -d


For running SiriDB HTTP a configuration file is required and should be provided using the -c or --config argument. The easiest way to create a configuration file is to save the output from siridb-http to a file:

Note: you might want to switch to root and later create a service to automatically start SiriDB HTTP at startup.

Switch to root or skip this step if you want to save the configuration file with your current user.

$ sudo su -

Save a template configuration file to for example ~/.siridb-http.conf.

$ siridb-http > ~/.siridb-http.conf

Now edit the file with you favorite editor and at least set the user, password and dbname. When the configuration is saved you can start the server using:

$ siridb-http -c ~/.siridb-http.conf

Autorun on startup

Depending on your OS and subsystem you can create a service to start SiriDB HTTP. This is an example of how to do this using systemd which is currently the default for Ubuntu:

First create the service file: (you might need to change the ExecStart line)

$ sudo cat > /lib/systemd/system/siridb-http.service <<EOL
Description=SiriDB HTTP Service

ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/siridb-http --config ~/.siridb-http.conf


Now reload the daemon and start the service

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl start siridb-http.service

Multi server support

SiriDB can scale across multiple pools and can be made high-available by adding two servers to each pool. For example you could have four siridb servers sdb01, sdb02, sdb03 and sdb04 all listening to port 9000. In this example we assume sdb01 and sdb02 are members of pool 0 and sdb03 and sdb04 are members of pool 1.

We should now configure SiriDB to connect to both servers in pool 0 and/or pool 1. This ensures that queries and inserts always work, even when a server in the SiriDB cluster is not available for whatever reason. The only requirement is that each pool has at least one server online.

To configure SiriDB HTTP to connect to multiple servers a comma must be used as separator like this:

servers = sdb01,sdb02,sdb03,sdb04


SiriDB HTTP provides both a REST API and support which can be used to insert and query a SiriDB cluster.

Content Types

The following URIs have support for JSON, MsgPack, QPack and CSV:

  • /db-info
  • /auth/fetch
  • /auth/login
  • /auth/logout
  • /query
  • /insert

In most examples below we use JSON but this format is fully compatible with MsgPack and QPack so it should be easy to translate. CSV on the other hand is different and unless explained, each request and response can be transfomed to a key,value per line. See the example below:

    "username": "my_username",
    "password": "my_password"

The above translates to the following CSV:


Note: when a string in CSV contains a comma (,) then the string must be wrapped between double quotes. If double quotes are also required in a string, the double quote should be escaped with a second double quote.

Database info

With the /db-info URI, database and version information can be asked.

type:      GET or POST
uri:       /db-info
header:    Content-Type:  'application/json'


    "dbname": "my_database-name",
    "timePrecision": "database time precision: s, ms, us or ns",
    "version": "SiriDB Server version, for example: 2.0.18",
    "httpServer": "SiriDB HTTP version, for example: 2.0.0"

Note that version does not guarantee that each SiriDB server in a cluster is running the same version.


Authentication is required when require_authentication is set to True in the configuration file. When authentication is not required, the /insert and /query URIs can be used directly without any authentication as long as the user configured in the configuration file has privileges to perform the request.

Session authentication

SiriDB HTTP has session support and exposes the following URIs for handling session authentication:

  • /auth/fetch
  • /auth/login
  • /auth/logout

Note: in the examples below we use 'application/json' as Content-Type but the following alternatives are also allowed: 'application/x-msgpack', 'application/x-qpack' and 'application/csv'.


Fetch can be used to retrieve the current session user.

type:      GET or POST
uri:       /auth/fetch
header:    Content-Type:  'application/json'

The response contains the current user and a boolean value to indicate if authentication is required. In case no user is logged on and authentication is required, the value for user will be null.

Example response:

    "user": "logged_on_username_or_null",
    "authRequired": true

Login can be used to authenticate and create a SiriDB database user. If the option enable_multi_user in the configuration file is set to True, any database user can be used. In case multi user support is turned off, the only allowed user is the one configured in the configuration file.

type:      POST
uri:       /auth/login
header:    Content-Type:  'application/json'
body:      {"username": <my-username>, "password": <my-secret-password>}

Success response:

    "user": "logged_on_username"

In case authentication has failed, error code 422 will be returned and the body will contain an appropriate error message.


When calling this uri the current session will be cleared.

type:      GET or POST
uri:       /auth/logout
header:    Content-Type:  'application/json'


    "user": null

Basic authentication

As an alternative to session authentication it is possible to use basic authentication. To allow basic authentication the option enable_basic_auth must be set to True in the configuration file.

Example Authorization header for username iris with password siri:

Authorization: Basic aXJpczpzaXJp


The /query POST handler can be used for querying SiriDB. SiriDB HTTP supports multiple formats that can be used by setting the Content-Type in the header.

type:      POST
uri:       /query
header:    Content-Type:  'application/json'
body:      {"query": <query string>, "timeout": <optional timout in seconds>}

Example body:

    "query": "select mean(1h) => difference() from 'my-series'"


The /insert POST handler can be used for inserting data into SiriDB. The same content types as for queries are supported. Both MsgPack and QPack are similar to JSON except that the data is packed to a byte string. Therefore we only explain JSON and CSV data here. (Note: in the examples below we use a second time-precision)

Insert JSON

The preferred json layout is as following: (this is the layout which is returned by SiriDB on a select query)

    "my-series-01": [[1493126582, 4.2], ...],

Optionally the following format can be used:

        "name": "my-series-01",
        "points": [[1493126582, 4.2], ...]

Insert CSV

CSV data is allowed in two formats which we call the list and table format.

List format

When using the list format, each row in the csv should contain a series name, timestamp and value.

Example list:

Series 001,1440138931,100
Series 003,1440138931,8.0
Series 001,1440140932,40
Series 002,1440140932,9.3
Table format

A table format is more compact, especially if multiple series share points with equal timestamps. The csv should start with an empty field that is indicated with the first comma.

Example table:

,Series 001,Series 002,Series 003

SiriDB HTTP has support when enable_socket_io is set to True in the configuration file.

For the following events are available:

  • db-info
  • auth fetch
  • auth login
  • auth logout
  • query
  • insert

The result for an event contains a status code and data object. The status codes are equal to HTTP status codes. For example the success code is 200. When the status code is anything other than 200, the data object will be a string representing the error message.

Example of using with HTML/JavaScript:

<script src=""></script>
// create socket, assuming SiriDB HTTP is running on localhost and listening to port 5050
var socket = io.connect("");

// get database and version information
socket.emit('db-info', null, function (status, data) {
    console.log(status, data);

// authenticate using user iris with password siri
socket.emit('auth login', {username: "iris", password: "siri"}, function (status, data) {
    console.log(status, data);

    // if successful perform a query
    if (status == 200) {
        socket.emit('query', {query: "list series limit 5"}, function (status, data) {
            console.log(status, data);

Web interface

SiriDB has an optional web interface that can be enabled by setting enable_web to True. This web interface will ask for user authentication if enable_authentication is set to True. Only the user that is configured in the configuration file is allowed to login unless enable_multi_user is set to True.

The Web interface allows you to run queries and insert data using JSON format.


SSL (HTTPS) support can be enabled by setting enable_ssl to True. When enabled the crt_file and key_file in section [SSL] must be set.