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Setup and Configuration

The Apache Geode Developer REST interface runs as an embedded HTTP or HTTPS service (Jetty server) within one or more Geode servers.

REST API Libraries

All Geode REST interface classes and required JAR files are distributed as a WAR file with the Geode product distribution. You can find the file in the following location:


where install-dir is the server installation directory and n.n.n is a version number.

Enabling the REST API

The REST API service for application development runs only on servers; you cannot run the service on a locator.

To enable the Developer REST API service on a given server, use the gfsh start server command with the --start-rest-api option, or set the start-dev-rest-api property to true for the server via the ServerLauncher API. This starts an embedded Jetty server and deploys the Developer REST API WAR file on that server.

Enabling the REST API on Multiple Servers

You can configure multiple REST-enabled servers in a single distributed system. Each server should have a separate host name and unique end point. To ensure that the server is reachable on a machine with multiple NIC addresses, use http-service-bind-address to bind an address to the REST API service (as well as the other embedded web services, such as Pulse).

You can configure the Developer REST API service to run over HTTPS by enabling SSL for the http component in or, or on server startup. See SSL for details on configuring SSL parameters. These SSL parameters apply to all HTTP services hosted on the configured server, which can include the following:

  • Developer REST API service
  • Management REST API service (for remote cluster management)
  • Pulse monitoring tool

Starting the REST API Service

To start a REST API service-enabled Geode deployment, configure PDX serialization for your cluster, then start the service on one or more server nodes.

Configure PDX for your cluster

You must configure PDX if either or both of the following conditions apply:

  • Application peer member caches will access REST-accessible regions (resources) with Region.get(key).
  • Your deployment has persistent regions that must be available as resources to the REST API.

To configure PDX in your cluster, perform the following steps:

  1. Start a locator running the cluster configuration service (enabled by default). For example:

    gfsh>start locator --name=locator1
  2. If your deployment has application peer member caches (for example, Java clients) that must also access REST-accessible Regions (resources), use the following gfsh command:

    gfsh>configure pdx --read-serialized=true

    Note: You do not need to configure --read-serialized=true if no application peer member caches are accessing the REST-accessible regions (resources) in your deployment.

  3. If your deployment contains persistent regions that must be REST-accessible, use the following gfsh command:

    gfsh>configure pdx --disk-store

    This command sets pdx persistent equal to true and sets the disk-store-name to DEFAULT. If desired, specify an existing disk store name as the value for --disk-store.

  4. If both of the above cases apply to your deployment, then configure PDX with the following single command:

    gfsh>configure pdx --read-serialized=true --disk-store

    After you have configured PDX for your caches, then proceed with starting your REST-enabled servers and other servers.

Start the REST API Service on One or More Servers

As described above, you can start the REST API service on a server by using gfsh start server --start-rest-api, or by setting the Geode property start-dev-rest-api to true. If you wish to start the service on multiple servers, use http-service-bind-address and http-service-port to identify the cache server and specific port that will host REST services. If you do not specify the http-service-port, the default port is 7070, which may collide with other locators and servers. If you do not specify http-service-bind-address, the HTTP service will bind to all local addresses by default.

Note: If your application will be running in a VM (as when running in the cloud, for example), it is good practice to specify http-service-bind-address and http-service-port so they will be publicly visible. The default values may not be visible outside the VM in which the application is running.

For example:

gfsh>start server --name=server1 --start-rest-api=true \
--http-service-port=8080 --http-service-bind-address=localhost

Any server that hosts data, even a server acting as a JMX manager, can start the Developer REST API service. For example, to start the service on a server that is also a JMX manager, you would run:

gfsh>start server --name=server1  --start-rest-api=true \
--http-service-port=8080 --http-service-bind-address=localhost \
--J=-Dgemfire.jmx-manager=true --J=-Dgemfire.jmx-manager-start=true

Note that when started as a JMX Manager, the server will also host the Pulse web application in the same HTTP service.

You may need to specify a CLASSPATH to load any functions that need to be made available to your REST services. For example:

gfsh>start server --name=server1 --start-rest-api=true \
--http-service-port=8080 --http-service-bind-address=localhost \

You can specify these properties either upon server startup or in the server’s configuration file. For example:

gfsh>start server --name=serverX --server-port=40405 --cache-xml-file=cache-config.xml \ --classpath=/myapps/testfunctions.jar

where contains:


Verify That The Service is Running

Verify that the Geode REST API service is up and running. To validate this, you can perform the following checks:

  1. Test the list resources endpoint (this step assumes that you have regions defined on your cluster):

    curl -i http://localhost:8080/geode/v1
  2. Examine the server logs for the following messages:

    [info 2017/06/13 13:48:14.090 PDT gfsec-server1 <main> tid=0x1] Initializing Spring FrameworkServlet 'geode-mgmt'
    [info 2017/06/13 13:48:14.091 PDT gfsec-server1 <main> tid=0x1] FrameworkServlet 'geode-mgmt': initialization started
  3. Open a browser and enter the following URL to browse the Swagger-enabled REST APIs:


    where http-service-bind-address is the address and http-service-port is the port number that you specified when starting the Development REST API service on the server. For example, based on the server started in an earlier example, you would enter:


If you did not specify these properties upon server startup or in, then use the default of localhost and port 7070. See Using the Swagger UI to Browse REST APIs for more information.

Implementing Authentication

To turn on integrated security, start your servers and locators with the security-manager property set in your file or on the gfsh command-line. The following example uses the sample implementation that is included in the Geode source,

This implementation requires a JSON security configuration file which defines the allowed users and their corresponding permissions. (See the javadocs for ExampleSecurityManager for details on how to compose the JSON file.) Place a copy of the JSON security configuration file in the execution directory of each security-enabled member, then specify --classpath=. in the start command for each of those members.

To start a server using a username and password that are defined in that server’s security configuration, include the --user=username and --password=password options in the server’s start command:

For example, suppose the JSON config file defines user “super-user” with password “1234567”:

gfsh>start server --name=server1 --start-rest-api=true \
--http-service-port=8080 --http-service-bind-address=localhost \ \
--classpath=. --user=super-user --password=1234567

To contact the server through the REST interface, you must provide the username and password. Various REST GUI interfaces provide different ways of accomplishing this. The curl command offers the --user (or -u) option for this purpose, where username and password are specified as a colon-separated pair:

curl -i --user super-user:1234567 http://localhost:8080/geode/v1

In a simple URL, such as in a browser address bar, the credentials can be given as a prefix to the host name in the form username:password@:


Programmatic Startup

You can also start and configure Geode REST services programmatically. For example:

import org.apache.geode.distributed.ServerLauncher;

public class MyEmbeddedRestServer {

public static void main(String[] args){
     ServerLauncher serverLauncher  = new ServerLauncher.Builder()
       .set("start-dev-rest-api", "true")
       .set("http-service-port", "8080")
       .set("http-service-bind-address", "localhost")


      System.out.println("REST server successfully started");

You can then verify that the Developer REST API service has been started programmatically by visiting the following URL: