Folder API

Identifier (id) vs unique identifier (uid)

The identifier (id) of a folder is an auto-incrementing numeric value and is only unique per Grafana install.

The unique identifier (uid) of a folder can be used for uniquely identify folders between multiple Grafana installs. It’s automatically generated if not provided when creating a folder. The uid allows having consistent URL’s for accessing folders and when syncing folders between multiple Grafana installs. This means that changing the title of a folder will not break any bookmarked links to that folder.

The uid can have a maximum length of 40 characters.

A note about the General folder

The General folder (id=0) is special and is not part of the Folder API which means that you cannot use this API for retrieving information about the General folder.

Get all folders

GET /api/folders

Returns all folders that the authenticated user has permission to view.

Example Request:

GET /api/folders?limit=10 HTTP/1.1
Accept: application/json
Content-Type: application/json
Authorization: Bearer eyJrIjoiT0tTcG1pUlY2RnVKZTFVaDFsNFZXdE9ZWmNrMkZYbk

Example Response:

HTTP/1.1 200
Content-Type: application/json

[
  {
    "id":1,
    "uid": "nErXDvCkzz",
    "title": "Departmenet ABC",
    "url": "/dashboards/f/nErXDvCkzz/department-abc",
    "hasAcl": false,
    "canSave": true,
    "canEdit": true,
    "canAdmin": true,
    "createdBy": "admin",
    "created": "2018-01-31T17:43:12+01:00",
    "updatedBy": "admin",
    "updated": "2018-01-31T17:43:12+01:00",
    "version": 1
  }
]

Get folder by uid

GET /api/folders/:uid

Will return the folder given the folder uid.

Example Request:

GET /api/folders/nErXDvCkzzh HTTP/1.1
Accept: application/json
Content-Type: application/json
Authorization: Bearer eyJrIjoiT0tTcG1pUlY2RnVKZTFVaDFsNFZXdE9ZWmNrMkZYbk

Example Response:

HTTP/1.1 200
Content-Type: application/json

{
  "id":1,
  "uid": "nErXDvCkzz",
  "title": "Departmenet ABC",
  "url": "/dashboards/f/nErXDvCkzz/department-abc",
  "hasAcl": false,
  "canSave": true,
  "canEdit": true,
  "canAdmin": true,
  "createdBy": "admin",
  "created": "2018-01-31T17:43:12+01:00",
  "updatedBy": "admin",
  "updated": "2018-01-31T17:43:12+01:00",
  "version": 1
}

Status Codes:

  • 200 – Found
  • 401 – Unauthorized
  • 403 – Access Denied
  • 404 – Folder not found

Create folder

POST /api/folders

Creates a new folder.

Example Request:

POST /api/folders HTTP/1.1
Accept: application/json
Content-Type: application/json
Authorization: Bearer eyJrIjoiT0tTcG1pUlY2RnVKZTFVaDFsNFZXdE9ZWmNrMkZYbk

{
  "uid": "nErXDvCkzz",
  "title": "Department ABC"
}

JSON Body schema:

Example Response:

HTTP/1.1 200
Content-Type: application/json

{
  "id":1,
  "uid": "nErXDvCkzz",
  "title": "Departmenet ABC",
  "url": "/dashboards/f/nErXDvCkzz/department-abc",
  "hasAcl": false,
  "canSave": true,
  "canEdit": true,
  "canAdmin": true,
  "createdBy": "admin",
  "created": "2018-01-31T17:43:12+01:00",
  "updatedBy": "admin",
  "updated": "2018-01-31T17:43:12+01:00",
  "version": 1
}

Status Codes:

  • 200 – Created
  • 400 – Errors (invalid json, missing or invalid fields, etc)
  • 401 – Unauthorized
  • 403 – Access Denied

Update folder

PUT /api/folders/:uid

Updates an existing folder identified by uid.

Example Request:

PUT /api/folders/nErXDvCkzz HTTP/1.1
Accept: application/json
Content-Type: application/json
Authorization: Bearer eyJrIjoiT0tTcG1pUlY2RnVKZTFVaDFsNFZXdE9ZWmNrMkZYbk

{
  "title":"Department DEF",
  "version": 1
}

JSON Body schema:

  • uid – Provide another unique identifier than stored to change the unique identifier.
  • title – The title of the folder.
  • version – Provide the current version to be able to update the folder. Not needed if overwrite=true.
  • overwrite – Set to true if you want to overwrite existing folder with newer version.

Example Response:

HTTP/1.1 200
Content-Type: application/json

{
  "id":1,
  "uid": "nErXDvCkzz",
  "title": "Departmenet DEF",
  "url": "/dashboards/f/nErXDvCkzz/department-def",
  "hasAcl": false,
  "canSave": true,
  "canEdit": true,
  "canAdmin": true,
  "createdBy": "admin",
  "created": "2018-01-31T17:43:12+01:00",
  "updatedBy": "admin",
  "updated": "2018-01-31T17:43:12+01:00",
  "version": 1
}

Status Codes:

  • 200 – Updated
  • 400 – Errors (invalid json, missing or invalid fields, etc)
  • 401 – Unauthorized
  • 403 – Access Denied
  • 404 – Folder not found
  • 412 – Precondition failed

The 412 status code is used for explaining that you cannot update the folder and why. There can be different reasons for this:

  • The folder has been changed by someone else, status=version-mismatch

The response body will have the following properties:

HTTP/1.1 412 Precondition Failed
Content-Type: application/json; charset=UTF-8
Content-Length: 97

{
  "message": "The folder has been changed by someone else",
  "status": "version-mismatch"
}

Delete folder

DELETE /api/folders/:uid

Deletes an existing folder identified by uid together with all dashboards stored in the folder, if any. This operation cannot be reverted.

Example Request:

DELETE /api/folders/nErXDvCkzz HTTP/1.1
Accept: application/json
Content-Type: application/json
Authorization: Bearer eyJrIjoiT0tTcG1pUlY2RnVKZTFVaDFsNFZXdE9ZWmNrMkZYbk

Example Response:

HTTP/1.1 200
Content-Type: application/json

{
  "message":"Folder deleted"
}

Status Codes:

  • 200 – Deleted
  • 401 – Unauthorized
  • 403 – Access Denied
  • 404 – Folder not found

Get folder by id

GET /api/folders/id/:id

Will return the folder identified by id.

Example Request:

GET /api/folders/id/1 HTTP/1.1
Accept: application/json
Content-Type: application/json
Authorization: Bearer eyJrIjoiT0tTcG1pUlY2RnVKZTFVaDFsNFZXdE9ZWmNrMkZYbk

Example Response:

HTTP/1.1 200
Content-Type: application/json

{
  "id":1,
  "uid": "nErXDvCkzz",
  "title": "Departmenet ABC",
  "url": "/dashboards/f/nErXDvCkzz/department-abc",
  "hasAcl": false,
  "canSave": true,
  "canEdit": true,
  "canAdmin": true,
  "createdBy": "admin",
  "created": "2018-01-31T17:43:12+01:00",
  "updatedBy": "admin",
  "updated": "2018-01-31T17:43:12+01:00",
  "version": 1
}

Status Codes:

  • 200 – Found
  • 401 – Unauthorized
  • 403 – Access Denied
  • 404 – Folder not found