HTTP Protocol

The Spotinst API supports HTTP Protocol version 1.1 or later. While some calls may work with the deprecated 1.0 version, this is not guaranteed. Please ensure that your client communicates using at least version 1.1.

API Endpoint

Spotinst API URL:

Please note – We enforce using the secure endpoint (https) for our production API to ensure the privacy of your data.


Organization and Accounts

Each Spotinst account is assigned to an Organization and a set of environment Accounts. Each account should be linked to either a Cloud provider account.

Each Account will have a Spotinst Account ID act-123abcd that needs to be used while performing an API call against resources under the account.

To locate the Account Id, please navigate to Settings -> Account and locate the Account ID value.

Organizations with a single Account

Each API call you make can be used with or without the account ID.


Organizations with multiple Accounts

Each API call you make should be appended to the account ID. For example:


This call will return the list of Elastigroups for the specific Account used.

 Please note – If no accountId is provided, the default (Oldest) account for the Organization will be used 


REST Semantic

Our API services are RESTful. REST (Representational State Transfer) is a type of software architecture in which requests model the communication from a web browser to a web server. Below are the central REST methods used in our API services, and their uses:

REST Method Use
POST Create
GET Read
PUT Update


In our documentation, we use curl to make HTTP requests. cURL is a command-line tool for transferring files with URL syntax, supporting FTP, FTPS, HTTP, HTTPS, SCP, SFTP, TFTP, TELNET, DICT, LDAP, LDAPS, and more. Example scripts have been provided on each API wiki page to illustrate the structure of the curl commands you will need to run Spotinst API services. In addition, an example of how to a make a generic POST request is shown below.

$ curl -X POST
-H "Content-Type: application/json"
-H "Authorization: Bearer <TOKEN>"
-d @some.jsonfile ''
Request Parameter Description
-H "Content-Type: " Indicates which type of data you pass, could be “application/json” or “application/x-www-form-urlencoded
-H "Authorization: Bearer <TOKEN>" Retrieves your authentication token
-X The type of the request. in this case “POST
-d Indicates that you are going to upload a file or an encoded payload Endpoint URL and path for your request
 Use Single Quotes Around Your Request URL Some requests require single quotes around your request URL, as in the above curl request. If you get an error message from your UNIX shell, make sure your request URL has single quotes before troubleshooting further. For more information on how UNIX shell quotes and escaping work, see this documentation on quotes and escaping in shells.

JSON Fields Types

POST and PUT requests require JSON data. For PUT requests, only the JSON fields included in a request will be updated. All other fields will be unchanged. Different fields require different types of values. The table of types below extends those defined in the JSON standard.

Type Description Example
Boolean True or false true
String(100) A string of 100 characters or less “Spotinst Cloud”
Int An integer 87
Decimal A generic decimal number 3.0
Float A floating-point number with 23-bit precision 3.14…
Double A floating-point number with 64-bit precision 3.14…
Enum One of a number of predetermined values “male” or “female”
Money A floating-point numeric value used to represent money 19.23
Timestamp A date and time string in the ISO8601 format or Unix mili-seconds timestamp : YYYY-MM-DDTHH:mm:ss.SSSZ “2009-01-14T05:41:04.000” or “1231911664000”
Date A date and time string in the form YYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS “2009-01-14 05:41:04”
Multi-Object A wrapper for any sub-fields under the current field “countries_and_brands”: [ { “country”: “FR”, “brand”: { “id”: 466, “name”: “PKR” } } ]
Array A list containing one or more values [87, 45, 99.12, 101.71]

JSON fields and values use underscores, e.g., audit_type_direct.


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