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Noah API Documentation

API (Application Program Interface) in Noah is working with an REST interface. API is used mostly to let machines talk to machines and interchange information using an standard interface (REST).


Example Client php file for GET information from Internal servers.

The authfield is altered to Internal and the token value is taken from the Core Settings/API Key:

$opts = array(
        'header'=>"Content-Type: application/json en\r\n" .
        "Internal: Token=r0dgr0d\r\n"
$site = "";

//get data table
$parameter = "assets/asset_id/3";

$response = file_get_contents($site.$parameter, false, stream_context_create($opts));
echo $response;

Example Client php file for suppliers GET information.

Note the Authorization: Token=<'API Token from Supplier Export Settings'>::

$opts = array(
        'header'=>"Content-Type: application/json en\r\n" .
        "Authorization: Token=r0dgr0d\r\n"
$site = "";

//get data table
$parameter = "assets/asset_id/3";

$response = file_get_contents($site.$parameter, false, stream_context_create($opts));
echo $response;

Example Client php file for POST information:

$data = array();
$opts = array();

//allowed table
//$parameter = "assets/asset_id/3";

$parameter = "tickets/";
$data = array("ticket_title" => "Test from API", "ticket_desc" => "body of test", "customer_id" => 3);
$data = http_build_query($data);
$opts = array (
        'http' => array (
            'method' => 'POST',
            'header'=> 'Authorization: Token=r0dgr0d\r\n',
            'Content-type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded\r\n' .
            'Content-Length:' . strlen($data) . '\r\n',
            'content' => $data

$site = "";

$context = stream_context_create($opts);
$fp = fopen($site.$parameter, 'r', false, $context);
$response = stream_get_contents($fp);
echo $response;


The created ticket ID will be returned in $response. Result can be seen in


The config.php file (placed in /api/) needs information on how to connect to the Noah database.

/* Change from here */

* If internal servers is to be used
* Client example:
* replace  with value
* $opts = array (
*        'http' => array (
*            'method' => 'POST',
*            'header'=> 'Internal: Token=\r\n',
*            'Content-type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded\r\n' .
*            'Content-Length:' . strlen($data) . '\r\n',
*            'content' => $data
*            )
*        );

/* Database settings */
$db_host = "localhost";
$db_name = "database name";
$db_user = "database connection user";
$db_pwd  = "database password";

/* To Here */

The access will be matched by the Client IP and Token (see Client) against the Supplier Export Settings (Tab in View Supplier).

The Site URL/IP is what the client is supposed to present it self as (Eg. or The API Token must match against Token sent from Client.

API Description

Breif explanation of the implemented REST API. Based on and altered to accomodate functions in Noah.

	Lets suppose you have set up ArrestDB at and that your database has a table named customers. To get a list of all the customers in the table you would simply need to do:

As a response, you would get a JSON formatted list of customers.

Or, if you only want to get one customer, then you would append the customer id to the URL:


PHP 5.4+ & PDO
SQLite / MySQL / PostgreSQL

Edit index.php and change the $dsn variable located at the top, here are some examples:

SQLite: $dsn = 'sqlite://./path/to/database.sqlite';
MySQL: $dsn = 'mysql://[user[:pass]@]host[:port]/db/;
PostgreSQL: $dsn = 'pgsql://[user[:pass]@]host[:port]/db/;
If you want to restrict access to allow only specific IP addresses, add them to the $clients array:

$clients = array
After you're done editing the file, place it in a public directory (feel free to change the filename).

If you're using Apache, you can use the following mod_rewrite rules in a .htaccess file:

    RewriteEngine   On
    RewriteCond     %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteCond     %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteRule     ^(.*)$ index.php/$1 [L,QSA]

Nota bene: You must access the file directly, including it from another file won't work.

If you're using Lighttpd, the following can be set in lighttpd.conf:

url.rewrite-if-not-file = ( "^/path_to_noah/api/(.*)$" => "/path_to_noah/api/index.php/$1" )

API Design The actual API design is very straightforward and follows the design patterns of the majority of APIs. (C)reate > POST /table (R)ead > GET /table[/id] (R)ead > GET /table[/column/content] (U)pdate > PUT /table/id (D)elete > DELETE /table/id To put this into practice below are some example of how you would use the ArrestDB API: # Get all rows from the "customers" table GET # Get a single row from the "customers" table (where "123" is the ID) GET # Get all rows from the "customers" table where the "country" field matches "Australia" (`LIKE`) GET # Get 50 rows from the "customers" table GET # Get 50 rows from the "customers" table ordered by the "date" field GET # Create a new row in the "customers" table where the POST data corresponds to the database fields POST # Update customer "123" in the "customers" table where the PUT data corresponds to the database fields PUT # Delete customer "123" from the "customers" table DELETE Please note that GET calls accept the following query string variables: by (column to order by) order (order direction: ASC or DESC) limit (LIMIT x SQL clause) offset (OFFSET x SQL clause) Additionally, POST and PUT requests accept JSON-encoded and/or zlib-compressed payloads. POST and PUT requests are only able to parse data encoded in application/x-www-form-urlencoded. Support for multipart/form-data payloads will be added in the future. If your client does not support certain methods, you can use the X-HTTP-Method-Override header: PUT = POST + X-HTTP-Method-Override: PUT DELETE = GET + X-HTTP-Method-Override: DELETE Alternatively, you can also override the HTTP method by using the _method query string parameter. Since 1.5.0, it's also possible to atomically INSERT a batch of records by POSTing an array of arrays. Responses All responses are in the JSON format. A GET response from the customers table might look like this: [ { "id": "114", "customerName": "Australian Collectors, Co.", "contactLastName": "Ferguson", "contactFirstName": "Peter", "phone": "123456", "addressLine1": "636 St Kilda Road", "addressLine2": "Level 3", "city": "Melbourne", "state": "Victoria", "postalCode": "3004", "country": "Australia", "salesRepEmployeeNumber": "1611", "creditLimit": "117300" }, ... ] Successful POST responses will look like: { "success": { "code": 201, "status": "Created" } } Successful PUT and DELETE responses will look like: { "success": { "code": 200, "status": "OK" } } Errors are expressed in the format: { "error": { "code": 400, "status": "Bad Request" } } The following codes and message are avaiable: 200 OK 201 Created 204 No Content 400 Bad Request 403 Forbidden 404 Not Found 409 Conflict 503 Service Unavailable Also, if the callback query string is set and is valid, the returned result will be a JSON-P response: callback(JSON); Ajax-like requests will be minified, whereas normal browser requests will be human-readable.
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