Spacelift GraphQL API Usage Demo»
The below guide walks through an example of generating your Spacelift token and using it to communicate with Spacelift.
- Insomnia downloaded and installed
- Spacelift account with admin access (for ability to create API Keys)
Spacelift provides a GraphQL API for you to control your Spacelift account programmatically and/or through an API Client if you choose to do so. A smaller subset of this API is also used by the Spacelift Terraform provider, as well as the Spacelift CLI (spacectl). The API can be accessed at the
/graphql endpoint of your account using
POST HTTP method.
For example, if your Spacelift account is called
example you would be able to access your GraphQL by sending POST requests to:
All requests need to be authenticated using a bearer token, which we will discuss in more detail below.
In order to use the API, you will need a bearer token to authenticate your requests. There are currently three ways of obtaining this token:
SpaceCTL CLI > Token»
One approach to generating this token is using the Spacelift spacectl CLI. We consider this the easiest method, as the heavy lifting to obtain the token is done for you.
- Follow the instructions on the
spacectlGitHub repository to install the CLI on your machine.
- Authenticate to your Spacelift account using
spacectl profile login
- Once authenticated, run
spacectl profile export-tokento receive the bearer token needed for future GraphQL queries/mutations.
Spacelift API Key > Token»
Spacelift supports creating and managing machine users with programmatic access to the Spacelift GraphQL API. These "machine users" are called API Keys and can be created by Spacelift admins through the Settings panel.
In order to create a new API Key, please navigate to the API Keys section of the Account Settings panel in your account.
Click API Keys.
The API key creation form will allow you to specify an arbitrary key name, along with the Admin setting and the list of teams. If the key is given admin privileges, it has full access to the Spacelift API and won't be subject to access policies.
For non-administrative keys, you may want to add a virtual list of teams that the key should "belong to" so that existing access policies based on GitHub teams or SAML assertions can work with your API keys just as they do with regular users.
Without further ado, let's create a non-administrative API key with virtual membership in two teams: Developers and DevOps:
Once you click the Add Key button, the API Key will be generated and a file will be automatically downloaded. The file contains the API token in two forms - one to be used with our API, and the other one as a
.terraformrc snippet to access your private modules outside of Spacelift:
The config file looks something like this:
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Make sure you persist this data somewhere on your end - we don't store the token and it cannot be retrieved or recreated afterwards.
Using the API key»
In order to use your newly generated API key in a program, you will first need to exchange it for a JWT token using a GraphQL mutation:
- Create a Spacelift API Key in your account, take note of the API Key ID (found next to the name of your API Key), and the API Key Secret (found within the file downloaded upon creation of the API Key).
- Using your favorite API Client (e.g. Insomnia or GraphiQL). Make a GraphQL query to your account's GraphQL endpoint (example below).
example with the name of your Spacelift account.
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You'll need to pass in the values of keyId and keySecret as input query variables for the above example query to work. In your API Client you should see a section called "Query Variables" where you can pass in an input variables for your query.
Query Variables Input:
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Assuming all went well, the result of the above query will return your JWT token, which you will now be able to use to authenticate for other queries.
Note that the key ID is the alphanumeric identifier shown in the GUI in fixed-width font next to the key name. The key secret can be found in the file that gets automatically generated when the API key is created.
The received JWT is valid for an hour, so if you're accessing Spacelift API from a long-running process you will need to make sure that the key is recreated every time it expires. In order to help with that, you can retrieve the
validUntil field (Unix timestamp of the expiration, in seconds) of the
apiKeyUser along with the raw JWT.
API keys are in fact virtual users and are billed like regular users, too. Thus, each API key used (exchanged to a token) during any given billing cycle counts against the total number of users.
Personal GitHub Token > Token»
This option is only available to those using GitHub as their identity provider. If you have enabled any other Single Sign-On methods on your account, this method will not work. If this applies to you, you will need to use the Spacelift API Key > Token method instead.
- Using a GitHub Account that has access to your Spacelift account, create a GitHub Personal Access Token. Copy the value of this token to a secure location, as you'll need it in the next step.
- Using your favorite API Client (e.g. Insomnia or GraphiQL). Make a GraphQL POST request to your account's GraphQL endpoint (example below).
Replace "example" with the name of your Spacelift account.
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You'll need to pass in token as a query variable for the above example query to work. When making a GraphQL query with your favorite API Client, you should see a section called GraphQL variables where you can pass in an input.
GraphQL Variables Input:
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Assuming all went well, the result of the above query will return your JWT bearer token, which you will now be able to use to authenticate other queries. Once acquired, ensure you use this bearer token in your requests. If you want to access the API reliably in an automated way, we suggest using the Spacelift API Key > JWT Token approach as Spacelift tokens expire after 1 hour.
Viewing the GraphQL Schema»
Our GraphQL schema is self-documenting. The best way to view the latest documentation is using a dedicated GraphQL client like Insomnia or GraphiQL. Note: As of the writing of these examples, the latest version of Postman does not currently support viewing GraphQL Schemas from a URL, but does support autocompletion.
Please replace the URL in the below examples with the one pointing to your Spacelift account.
Input your GraphQL Endpoint for your Spacelift Account.
Use the Documentation Explorer within GraphiQL