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A Node.js command-line tool to access CA Live API Creator REST API and Logic services. Refer to online documentation of creating and using Live API Creator REST API


  1. Make sure node.js is installed
  2. Install using npm by running the following:
$npm install -g liveapicreator-cli

Note: on Unix and Mac, you will probably need to run this with sudo because of file permissions:

$sudo npm install -g liveapicreator-cli

Windows: Please note that, on Windows, npm install will create an executable called lac (or liveapicreator) in your <node_modules>/.bin directory. If this directory is not in your PATH, you will probably want to fix that, otherwise you'll have to specify the full path to the executable.


  • Log in once per server, stay "logged in" for the lifetime of the API key
  • Can call GET, POST, PUT and DELETE
  • Can read/write objects from/to file or stdin (suitable for pipe work!)

Command Line Service

$lac --help
  Usage: lac [options] [command]
    login [options]               Login to an API server
    logout [options]              Logout from the current server, or a specific server
    use <alias>                   Use the specified server by default
    status                        Show the current server, and any defined server aliases
    get <resource> [options]      Retrieve some data for the given resource/table/view
    post <resource> [options]     Insert some data
    put <resource> [options]      Update some data
    delete <resource> [options]   Delete some data
    describe <resource> [options] Describe the specified resource, can be: tables[/tablename], views[/viewname], procedures, resources, license, serverinfo
    -h, --help     output usage information
    -V, --version  output the version number

Logon to an API Server

$lac login -u username -p mypassword http://localhost:8080/rest/default/demo/v1
Logging in...
This server licensed to: Live API Creator
Login successful, API key will expire on: 2015-11-18T15:03:37.342Z

See which API server (if any) you are logged into

$lac status
You are currently logged in to server: https://localhost:8080/rest/default/demo/v1 as user: demo
Defined aliases:
│ Alias │ Server                                                    │ User  │
│sample │ https://localhost:8080/rest/default/sample/v1             │sample │
│ demo  │ https://localhost:8080/rest/default/demo/v1               │ demo  │

DESCRIBE a system resource

This can return information about all tables, or one specific table, or all views/one specific view, or get information about the server or the server's license. The possible values for the resource are:

  • tables
  • tables/<table-name>
  • views
  • views/<view-name>
  • license
  • serverinfo
$lac describe tables
DB    Table
----  -------------------
demo  customer
demo  employee
demo  employee_picture
demo  LineItem
demo  product
demo  PurchaseOrder
demo  purchaseorder_audit
$lac describe tables/product
Name            Type     Size      PK
--------------  -------  --------  --
product_number  BIGINT         19  *
name            VARCHAR        50
price           DECIMAL        19
icon            BLOB        65535
full_image      BLOB     16777215


  Usage: get <resource> [options]
    -h, --help                       output usage information
    -k, --pk <pk>                    Optional: primary key of the object to retrieve
    -f, --sysfilter <sysfilter>      Optional: sysfilter, e.g. "less(balance:1000) or equal(name:'SomeName')
    -s, --sysorder <sysorder>        Optional: sorting sysorder, e.g. "(balance asc,name desc_uc)"
    -g, --userfilter <named filter>  Optional: named filter, e.g. "namedFilter(columnName:'SomeName')
    -t, --userorder <named order>    Optional: named sorts, e.g. "namedSort([columnName])"
    -z, --pagesize <pagesize>        Optional: up to how many rows to return per level
    -m, --format <format>            Optional: format of output, either text (default), json or compactjson    --truncate <length>
    -a, --serverAlias <serverAlias>  Optional: alias of the server to use if other than the current default server

Get a single REST endpoint (compressed format)

$lac get employee
demo:employee/1 employee_id:1 login:sam name:Sam Yosemite
demo:employee/2 employee_id:2 login:mlittlelamb name:Mary Little-Lamb
demo:employee/3 employee_id:3 login:sconnor name:Sarah Connor
demo:employee/4 employee_id:4 login:jkim name:John Kim
demo:employee/5 employee_id:5 login:bmcmanus name:Becky McManus

GET a single REST endpoint (JSON format)

$lac get employee/4 -m json
      "links": [
    "employee_id": 4,
    "name""John Kim"
$lac get demo:customer --userfilter "myFilter(custname:'Alpha and Sons')" --userorder "sortByName"

POST (insert) a JSON payload

$lac post --help
  Usage: post <resource> [options]
    -h, --help                       output usage information
    -j, --json <json>                JSON for the data being inserted
    -f, --jsonfile <jsonfile>        Name of a file containing JSON to be inserted, or stdin to read from stdin
    -m, --format <format>            Optional: format of output, either text (default), json or compactjson
    -a, --serverAlias <serverAlias>  Optional: alias of the server to use if other than the current default server
$lac post customer -j '{ "name": "new posted record","balance": 0,"credit_limit": 9000 }'
POST for customer:
I demo:customer/new%20posted%20record name:new posted record balance:0 credit_limit:9000
Request took: 61ms - # objects touched: 1 

PUT (update) a JSON Payload

$lac put --help
  Usage: put <resource> [options]
    -h, --help                       output usage information
    -j, --json <json>                JSON string for the data being updated
    -f, --jsonfile <jsonfile>        Name of a file containing JSON to be updated, or stdin to read from stdin
    -m, --format <format>            Optional: format of output, either text (default), json or compactjson
    -a, --serverAlias <serverAlias>  Optional: alias of the server to use if other than the current default server
$ liveapicreator put customer -j '{ "@metadata": {"checksum": "A:693190f461f5402e"  }, "name": "new posted record", "credit_limit": 8000  }'
PUT for customer:
U demo:customer/new%20posted%20record name:new posted record balance:0 credit_limit:8000
Request took: 42ms - # objects touched: 1 

note: you can replace the checksum value with "override" - but this overrides optimistic locking so use it wisely.

DELETE a REST resource

Required fields are the primary key (--pk ) and checksum (--checksum )

$lac delete --help
  Usage: delete <resource> [options]
    -h, --help                       output usage information
    -k, --pk <pk>                    Primary key of the object to delete
    --checksum <checksum>            Optional: checksum for the object to delete, or "override". If not specified, the object will be retrieved then deleted.
    -f, --jsonfile <jsonfile>        Optional: name of a file containing JSON to be deleted, or stdin to read from stdin
    -m, --format <format>            Optional: format of output, either text (default), json or compactjson
    -a, --serverAlias <serverAlias>  Optional: alias of the server to use if other than the current default server
liveapicreator delete customer -k "new posted record" --checksum "A:e86aea2e0a4e74bf"


$lac logout
Logout successful