» Intentions - Connect HTTP API

The /connect/intentions endpoint provide tools for managing intentions.

» Create Intention

This endpoint creates a new intention and returns its ID if it was created successfully.

The name and destination pair must be unique. If another intention matches the name and destination, the creation will fail. You must either update the existing intention or delete it prior to creating a new one.

Method Path Produces
POST /connect/intentions application/json

The table below shows this endpoint's support for blocking queries, consistency modes, and required ACLs.

Blocking Queries Consistency Modes ACL Required
NO none intentions:write1

1 Intention ACL rules are specified as part of a service rule. See Intention Management Permissions for more details.

» Parameters

  • SourceName (string: <required>) - The source of the intention. For a SourceType of consul this is the name of a Consul service. The service doesn't need to be registered.

  • DestinationName (string: <required>) - The destination of the intention. The intention destination is always a Consul service, unlike the source. The service doesn't need to be registered.

  • SourceType (string: <required>) - The type for the SourceName value. This can be only "consul" today to represent a Consul service.

  • Action (string: <required>) - This is one of "allow" or "deny" for the action that should be taken if this intention matches a request.

  • Description (string: nil) - Description for the intention. This is not used for anything by Consul, but is presented in API responses to assist tooling.

  • Meta (map<string|string>: nil) - Specifies arbitrary KV metadata pairs.

» Sample Payload

{
  "SourceName": "web",
  "DestinationName": "db",
  "SourceType": "consul",
  "Action": "allow"
}

» Sample Request

$ curl \
    --request POST \
    --data @payload.json \
    http://127.0.0.1:8500/v1/connect/intentions

» Sample Response

{
  "ID": "8f246b77-f3e1-ff88-5b48-8ec93abf3e05"
}

» Read Specific Intention

This endpoint reads a specific intention.

Method Path Produces
GET /connect/intentions/:uuid application/json

The table below shows this endpoint's support for blocking queries, consistency modes, and required ACLs.

Blocking Queries Consistency Modes ACL Required
YES all intentions:read1

1 Intention ACL rules are specified as part of a service rule. See Intention Management Permissions for more details.

» Parameters

  • uuid (string: <required>) - Specifies the UUID of the intention to read. This is specified as part of the URL.

» Sample Request

$ curl \
    http://127.0.0.1:8500/v1/connect/intentions/e9ebc19f-d481-42b1-4871-4d298d3acd5c

» Sample Response

{
  "ID": "e9ebc19f-d481-42b1-4871-4d298d3acd5c",
  "Description": "",
  "SourceNS": "default",
  "SourceName": "web",
  "DestinationNS": "default",
  "DestinationName": "db",
  "SourceType": "consul",
  "Action": "allow",
  "DefaultAddr": "",
  "DefaultPort": 0,
  "Meta": {},
  "Precedence": 9,
  "CreatedAt": "2018-05-21T16:41:27.977155457Z",
  "UpdatedAt": "2018-05-21T16:41:27.977157724Z",
  "CreateIndex": 11,
  "ModifyIndex": 11
}

» List Intentions

This endpoint lists all intentions.

Method Path Produces
GET /connect/intentions application/json

The table below shows this endpoint's support for blocking queries, consistency modes, and required ACLs.

Blocking Queries Consistency Modes ACL Required
YES all intentions:read1

1 Intention ACL rules are specified as part of a service rule. See Intention Management Permissions for more details.

» Sample Request

$ curl \
    http://127.0.0.1:8500/v1/connect/intentions

» Sample Response

[
  {
    "ID": "e9ebc19f-d481-42b1-4871-4d298d3acd5c",
    "Description": "",
    "SourceNS": "default",
    "SourceName": "web",
    "DestinationNS": "default",
    "DestinationName": "db",
    "SourceType": "consul",
    "Action": "allow",
    "DefaultAddr": "",
    "DefaultPort": 0,
    "Meta": {},
    "Precedence": 9,
    "CreatedAt": "2018-05-21T16:41:27.977155457Z",
    "UpdatedAt": "2018-05-21T16:41:27.977157724Z",
    "CreateIndex": 11,
    "ModifyIndex": 11
  }
]

» Update Intention

This endpoint updates an intention with the given values.

Method Path Produces
PUT /connect/intentions/:uuid application/json

The table below shows this endpoint's support for blocking queries, consistency modes, and required ACLs.

Blocking Queries Consistency Modes ACL Required
NO none intentions:write1

1 Intention ACL rules are specified as part of a service rule. See Intention Management Permissions for more details.

» Parameters

  • uuid (string: <required>) - Specifies the UUID of the intention to update. This is specified as part of the URL.

  • Other parameters are identical to creating an intention.

» Sample Payload

{
  "SourceName": "web",
  "DestinationName": "other-db",
  "SourceType": "consul",
  "Action": "allow"
}

» Sample Request

$ curl \
    --request PUT \
    --data @payload.json \
    http://127.0.0.1:8500/v1/connect/intentions/e9ebc19f-d481-42b1-4871-4d298d3acd5c

» Delete Intention

This endpoint deletes a specific intention.

Method Path Produces
DELETE /connect/intentions/:uuid application/json

The table below shows this endpoint's support for blocking queries, consistency modes, and required ACLs.

Blocking Queries Consistency Modes ACL Required
NO none intentions:write1

1 Intention ACL rules are specified as part of a service rule. See Intention Management Permissions for more details.

» Parameters

  • uuid (string: <required>) - Specifies the UUID of the intention to delete. This is specified as part of the URL.

» Sample Request

$ curl \
    --request DELETE \
    http://127.0.0.1:8500/v1/connect/intentions/e9ebc19f-d481-42b1-4871-4d298d3acd5c

» Check Intention Result

This endpoint evaluates the intentions for a specific source and destination and returns whether the connection would be authorized or not given the current Consul configuration and set of intentions.

This endpoint will work even if the destination service has intention = "deny" specifically set, because the resulting API response does not contain any information about the intention itself.

Method Path Produces
GET /connect/intentions/check application/json

The table below shows this endpoint's support for blocking queries, consistency modes, and required ACLs.

Blocking Queries Consistency Modes ACL Required
NO none intentions:read1

1 Intention ACL rules are specified as part of a service rule. See Intention Management Permissions for more details.

» Parameters

  • source (string: <required>) - Specifies the source service. This is specified as part of the URL.

  • destination (string: <required>) - Specifies the destination service. This is specified as part of the URL.

» Sample Request

$ curl \
    http://127.0.0.1:8500/v1/connect/intentions/check?source=web&destination=db

» Sample Response

{
  "Allowed": true
}
  • Allowed is true if the connection would be allowed, false otherwise.

» List Matching Intentions

This endpoint lists the intentions that match a given source or destination. The intentions in the response are in evaluation order.

Method Path Produces
GET /connect/intentions/match application/json

The table below shows this endpoint's support for blocking queries, consistency modes, and required ACLs.

Blocking Queries Consistency Modes ACL Required
NO none intentions:read1

1 Intention ACL rules are specified as part of a service rule. See Intention Management Permissions for more details.

» Parameters

  • by (string: <required>) - Specifies whether to match the "name" value by "source" or "destination".

  • name (string: <required>) - Specifies a name to match. This parameter can be repeated for batching multiple matches.

» Sample Request

$ curl \
    http://127.0.0.1:8500/v1/connect/intentions/match?by=source&name=web

» Sample Response

{
  "web": [
    {
      "ID": "ed16f6a6-d863-1bec-af45-96bbdcbe02be",
      "Description": "",
      "SourceNS": "default",
      "SourceName": "web",
      "DestinationNS": "default",
      "DestinationName": "db",
      "SourceType": "consul",
      "Action": "deny",
      "DefaultAddr": "",
      "DefaultPort": 0,
      "Meta": {},
      "CreatedAt": "2018-05-21T16:41:33.296693825Z",
      "UpdatedAt": "2018-05-21T16:41:33.296694288Z",
      "CreateIndex": 12,
      "ModifyIndex": 12
    },
    {
      "ID": "e9ebc19f-d481-42b1-4871-4d298d3acd5c",
      "Description": "",
      "SourceNS": "default",
      "SourceName": "web",
      "DestinationNS": "default",
      "DestinationName": "*",
      "SourceType": "consul",
      "Action": "allow",
      "DefaultAddr": "",
      "DefaultPort": 0,
      "Meta": {},
      "CreatedAt": "2018-05-21T16:41:27.977155457Z",
      "UpdatedAt": "2018-05-21T16:41:27.977157724Z",
      "CreateIndex": 11,
      "ModifyIndex": 11
    }
  ]
}