PuppetDB 1.4 » API » Experimental » Report Wire Format, Version 1

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Note: This format is experimental, and may change at any time without regard for the normal API versioning rules.

Report interchange format

A report is represented as JSON (this implies UTF-8 encoding). Unless otherwise noted, null is not allowed anywhere in the report.

    "certname": <string>,
    "puppet-version": <string>,
    "report-format": <int>,
    "configuration-version": <string>,
    "start-time": <datetime>,
    "end-time": <datetime>,
    "resource-events": [<resource-event>, <resource-event>, ...]

All keys are mandatory, though values that are lists may be empty lists.

"certname" is the certname the report is associated with.

"puppet-version" is the version of puppet that was run to generate this report.

"report-format" is the version number of the report format that puppet used to generate the original report data. This is a constant defined by puppet.

"configuration-version" is an identifier string that puppet uses to match a specific catalog for a node to a specific puppet run. This value is generated by puppet.

"start-time" is the time at which the puppet run began; see more details about the datetime format below.

"end-time" is the time at which the puppet run completed; see more details about the datetime format below.


The entire report is expected to be valid JSON, which implies UTF-8 encoding.

Data type: <string>

A JSON string. By virtue of the report being UTF-8, these must also be UTF-8.

Data type: <integer>

A JSON int.

Data type: <datetime>

A JSON string representing a date and time (with time zone), formatted based on the recommendations in ISO8601; so, e.g., for a UTC time, the String would be formatted as YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss.sssZ. For non-UTC, the Z may be replaced with ±hh:mm to represent the specific timezone.

Data type: <resource-event>

A JSON Object of the following form:

 "resource-type": <string>,
 "resource-title": <string>,
 "property": <string>,
 "timestamp": <datetime>,
 "status": <string>,
 "old-value": <string>,
 "new-value": <string>,
 "message": <string>

All keys are required.

"resource-type" is the name of the puppet resource type that the event occurred on.

"resource-title" is the title of the puppet resource that the event occurred on.

"property" is the name of the property of the resource for which the event occurred. This may be null only if the status is skipped.

"timestamp" is the date/time at which the event occurred.

"status" is a string representing the outcome of the event; this should be one of success, failure, or skipped.

"old-value" is the value that puppet determined the property to have held prior to the event.

"new-value" is the value that puppet was instructed to set the property to.

"message" is a descriptive message providing extra information about the event. This should be null if status is success.

Gaps with this wire format

  1. Binary data needs to be dealt with (hopefully only for the old-value and new-value fields.

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