Rackspace Api

Rackspace provide a set of api , you can use by rest protocol, curl is a good tool suggested.


  • First of all you need to obtain your username and apikey or password
  • after you need to obtain your authentication token

to obtain the authentication token you need a curl request to the the token endpoint, there are two token endpoint (us and uk ) but it's not important which you choose to use, the credential works in both

curl -X POST https://auth.api.rackspacecloud.com/v2.0/tokens -d '{ "auth":{ "RAX-KSKEY:apiKeyCredentials":{ "username":"myusername", "apiKey":"myapikey" } } }' -H "Content-type: application/json"

here http://docs.rackspace.com/rcbu/api/v1.0/rcbu-devguide/content/Authentication-d1e647.html either the other example with the password insteda of api key

from that request you obtain a long list of information,


the most important are:
  • token id: long string that expire after 24 hours
  • id/name: are both the same number of six ciphers that identify your account, remain always the same

to test if all this correct you can do a first real request of a list of your server

curl -s https://servers.api.rackspacecloud.com/v1.0/123456/servers/detail  -H "X-Auth-Token: fgfgbb88c3e34433ea7e3ebba6gfgc7" | python -m json.tool

if you obtain some like this
    "servers": [
            "addresses": {
                "private": [
                "public": [
            "flavorId": 2, 
            "hostId": "2d66db781ce490432f55ada17610173e", 
            "id": 21034274, 
            "imageId": 119, 
            "metadata": {
                "My Server Name": "API Test Server"

and not an error code all works correctly.

There are two kind of request json and xml , I choose in my example to use the json format is more compact for the curl.


The Rackspace Cloud Backup Service is a regionalized service. So you must change the connection endpoint for the used region here a list of region and endpoints http://docs.rackspace.com/rcbu/api/v1.0/rcbu-devguide/content/Service_Access_Endpoints-d1e753.html

The doc for backup is here http://docs.rackspace.com/rcbu/api/v1.0/rcbu-devguide/content/operations.html begins from the chapter 3 the previous are of introduction.

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