Log in to Web Services API

After you install the Web Services Proxy, you can access the interactive API documentation in a browser.

Before you begin

About this task

The API documentation runs with each instance of Web Services, and is also available in a static PDF format from the NetApp Support site. To access the interactive version, you open a browser and enter the URL pointing to where Web Services resides (either a controller for the embedded version or a server for the proxy).
Note: The Web Services API implements the OpenAPI specification (originally called the Swagger specification).

For initial login, you use the "admin" credentials. "Admin" is considered a super administrator with access to all functions and roles.


  1. Open a browser.
  2. Enter the URL for the embedded or proxy implementation:
    • Embedded: https://<controller>:<port>/devmgr/docs/
      Note: In this URL, <controller> is the IP address or FQDN of the controller, and <port> is the management port number of the controller (defaults to 8443).
    • Proxy: http[s]://<server>:<port>/devmgr/docs/
      Note: In this URL, <server> is the IP address or FQDN of the server where the proxy is installed, and <port> is the listening port number (defaults to 8080 for HTTP or 8443 for HTTPS).
    Note: If the listening port is already in use, the proxy detects the conflict and prompts you to choose a different listening port.
    The API documentation opens in the browser.
  3. When the interactive API documentation opens, go to the drop-down menu in the upper right of the page and select utils.
  4. Click the Login category to see the available endpoints.
  5. Click the POST: /login endpoint, and then click Try it out.
  6. For first-time login, enter admin for the username and password.
  7. Click Execute.
  8. To access the endpoints for storage management, go to the drop-down menu in the upper right and select v2.
    The high-level categories for endpoints are displayed. You can navigate the API documentation as described in the table.
    Area Description
    Drop-down menu

    At the upper right of the page, a drop-down menu provides options for switching between version 2 of the API documentation (V2), the SYMbol interface (SYMbol V2), and API utilities (utils) for logging in.

    Note: Because version 1 of the API documentation was a prerelease and not generally available, V1 is not included in the drop-down menu.
    Categories The API documentation is organized by high-level categories (for example: Administration, Configuration). Click on a category to see the related endpoints.
    Endpoints Select an endpoint to see its URL paths, required parameters, response bodies, and status codes that the URLs are likely to return.
    Try It Out

    Interact with the endpoint directly by clicking Try It Out. This button is provided in each of the expanded views for endpoints.

    When you click the button, fields appear for entering parameters (if applicable). You can then enter values and click Execute.

    The interactive documentation uses JavaScript to make the request directly to the API; it is not a test request.