This is the REST API reference of hyperd based on The latest release.

1. Introduction

  • By default hyperd listens on unix:///var/run/hyper.sock and the client must have root access to interact with the daemon.
  • The current release does not support encrypted connections.
  • The Remote API uses an open schema model. In this model, unknown properties in incoming messages will be ignored. Client applications need to take this in consideration to ensure they will not break when talking to newer hyperd daemons.
  • Calling /info is the same as calling /${latest}/info
  • The API tends to be RESTful, but in a few exceptions, e.g. attach, pull, the HTTP connection is hijacked to transport stdout, stdin and stderr.

2. Endpoints

2.1 Pod

Create Pod

POST /pod/create

Create a Pod

Example request:

POST /pod/create?podArgs=****

The argument is a string, which converts the Pod's json to a string.

Start Pod

POST /pod/start

Start a Pod

Example request:

POST /pod/start?podId=pod-xxxxxxxxxx&vmId=vm-xxxxxxxxxx

If the VM id is empty (""), then it will create a new VM.

Stop Pod

POST /pod/stop

Stop a Pod

Example request:

POST /pod/stop?podId=pod-xxxxxxxxxx&stopVM=yes

The stopVM property can be yes or no; it will destroy the VM associated with the Pod if its value is yes

Delete Pod


Destroy a Pod

Example request:

DELETE /pod?podId=pod-xxxxxxxxxx

List Pods

GET /list

List pods

Example request:

GET /list?item=pod

GET Pod info

GET /pod/info

Get Pod detail information

Example request:

GET /pod/info?podId=pod-xxxxxxxxxx

Get Pod Stats

GET /pod/stats

Get Pod stats info

Example request:

GET /pod/stats?podId=pod-xxxxxxxxxx

Set Pod label

POST /pod/labels

Set pod labels

Example request:

POST /pod/labels?podId=pod-xxxxxxxxxx&labels={"ll":"vv"}&override=true

Send Signal to Pod

POST /pod/kill

Send kill signal to containers of a Pod

Example request:

POST /pod/kill?podName=pod-xxxxxxxxxx&container=xxxxxxx&signal=9

List Port Mapping Rules

GET /pod/{pod_id}/portmappings

Get a list of current port mappings of a pod.

Modify Port Mapping Rules

PUT /pod/{pod_id}/portmappings/{action}

Update port mapping rules

  • action could be add or delete

The request body is an json array of PortMapping:

    "containerPort": "80",
    "hostPort": "3000",
    "protocol": "udp"


  • containerPort and hostPort could be a single port or a range, such as "8000-8080"; and if the containerPort is a range, the hostPort should be a range in same size;
  • protocol could be tcp or udp.

The request body should be an array even if there is only one rule to be added/deleted.

2.2 Container

Create container

POST /container/create

Create a container

Example request:

POST /pod/create

The body is a container spec in JSON format.

Start container

POST /container/start

Start a container

Example request:

POST /container/start?container=xxxxxxxx

Stop container

POST /container/stop

Stop a container

Example request:

POST /container/stop?container=xxxxxxxx

Kill container

POST /container/kill

Kill a container with a signal

Example request:

POST /container/kill?container=xxxxxxxx&signal=9

Delete container

POST /container/remove

Remove a container from Pod

Example request:

POST /container/remove?container=xxxxxxxx

Rename container

POST /container/rename

Rename a container

Example request:

POST /container/rename?newName=yyyyyyy&oleName=xxxxxxxx

List containers

GET /list

List containers

Example request:

GET /list?item=container

Get container info

GET /container/info

Get container info

Example request:

GET /container/info?container=xxxxxxxx

Get container logs

GET /container/logs

Get container logs

Example request:

GET /container/logs?container=xxxxxxxx&stdout=true&stderr=true&follow=false&timestamp=true&tail=100

Get container or exec exit code

GET /container/exitcode

Example request:

GET /container/exitcode?container=xxxxxxxx&exec=eeeeeeeee

Create a new image from a container’s changes

POST /container/commit

Example request:

    POST /container/commit?container=44c004db4b17&comment=message&repo=myrepo HTTP/1.1
    Content-Type: application/json

         "Hostname": "",
         "Domainname": "",
         "User": "",
         "Memory": 0,
         "MemorySwap": 0,
         "CpuShares": 512,
         "Cpuset": "0,1",
         "AttachStdin": false,
         "AttachStdout": true,
         "AttachStderr": true,
         "PortSpecs": null,
         "Tty": false,
         "OpenStdin": false,
         "StdinOnce": false,
         "Env": null,
         "Cmd": [
         "Volumes": {
                 "/tmp": {}
         "WorkingDir": "",
         "NetworkDisabled": false,
         "ExposedPorts": {
                 "22/tcp": {}

2.3 Attach and Exec

Attach to container

POST /attach

Attach to a container, will upgrade to TCP stream.

TTY resize

POST /tty/resize

Change the tty window size of container or exec

Example request:

POST /tty/resize?container=xxxxxxxx&exec=eeeeeeeee&h=25&w=80

Create exec

POST /exec/create

Create an exec

Example request:

POST /exec/create?container=xxxxxxxx&tty=true&command=/bin/bash

Start exec

POST /exec/start

Start an exec

Example request:

POST /exec/start?container=xxxxxxxx&exec=eeeeeeeee

The exec request will upgrade to TCP stream

2.4 Info

System-wide info

GET /info

Display system-wide information

Example request:

GET /info

2.5 Images

List Images

GET /images/get

Get images' list

Example request:

GET /images/get?all=yes

Query Parameters:

all – yes or no, default no
Create or pull an image

POST /image/create

Create an image, either by pulling it from the registry or by importing it

Example request:

POST /image/create?imageName=ubuntu HTTP/1.1

Example response:

    HTTP/1.1 200 OK
    Content-Type: application/json

    {"status": "Pulling..."}
    {"status": "Pulling", "progress": "1 B/ 100 B", "progressDetail": {"current": 1, "total": 100}}
    {"error": "Invalid..."}

When using this endpoint to pull an image from the registry, the
`X-Registry-Auth` header can be used to include
a base64-encoded AuthConfig object.

Query Parameters:

imageName – name of the image to pull

Request Headers:
X-Registry-Auth – base64-encoded AuthConfig object
Remove an image

DELETE /image

Remove an image

Example request:

DELETE /image?imageId=xxxxxxxxxxxx

Query Parameters:

force – yes or no, default no
noprune – yes or no, default no
Build an image from a Dockerfile

POST /image/build

Example request:

    POST /image/build HTTP/1.1

    {{ TAR STREAM }}

The input stream must be a tar archive compressed with one of the following algorithms: identity (no compression), gzip, bzip2, xz.

The archive must include a build instructions file, typically called Dockerfile at the root of the archive. The dockerfile parameter may be used to specify a different build instructions file by having its value be the path to the alternate build instructions file to use.

The archive may include any number of other files, which will be accessible in the build context.

Query Parameters:

dockerfile - path within the build context to the Dockerfile
t          – repository name (and optionally a tag) to be applied to the resulting image in case of success
remote     – git or HTTP/HTTPS URI build source
q          – suppress verbose build output
nocache    – do not use the cache when building the image
pull       - attempt to pull the image even if an older image exists locally
rm         - remove intermediate containers after a successful build (default behavior)
forcerm    - always remove intermediate containers (includes rm)

Request Headers:

Content-type      – should be set to "application/tar".

X-Registry-Config – base64-encoded ConfigFile object
Push an image on the registry

POST /image/push

Push the image on the registry

Example request:

POST /images/push?remote=test

Query Parameters:

remote - the image on the registry
tag    – the tag to associate with the image on the registry, optional

Request Headers:

X-Registry-Auth – include a base64-encoded AuthConfig object.

2.6 Auth

POST /auth

Get the default username and email

Example request:

    POST /auth HTTP/1.1
    Content-Type: application/json

        "password: "world",
        "email": "",
        "serveraddress": ""