ABF API Documentation

This describes the resources that make up the official Rosa ABF API. If you have any problems or requests please contact support.

Note: This API is in a beta state. Breaking changes may occur.

All of the urls in this manual have the same tail: .json. Because the default


All API access is over HTTPS and all data is sent and received as JSON.

$ curl -i https://abf.rosalinux.ru/api/v1

HTTP/1.1 302 Found
Server: nginx/1.0.12
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 11:15:49 GMT
Content-Type: text/html;charset=utf-8
Connection: keep-alive
Status: 302 Found
X-RateLimit-Limit: 2000
Location: http://abf.rosalinux.ru
X-RateLimit-Remaining: 499
Content-Length: 0

Blank fields are included as null instead of being omitted.

All timestamps are returned in unixtime format:


Client Errors

There are three possible types of client errors on API calls that receive request bodies.

Request without authorization will return error message:

  "error": "You need to sign in or sign up before continuing."

But if you set wrong pass or email you will receive this:

  "error": "Invalid email or password."

Rate limit exceed will return this:

  "message": "403 Forbidden | Rate Limit Exceeded"

Some requests can cause cancer of 404, 500 and 503 errors. In these situatins you will receive such data:

  "status": 404,
  "message": "Error 404. Resource not found!"


  "status": 500,
  "message": "Something went wrong. We've been notified about this issue and we'll take a look at it shortly."


  "status": 503,
  "message": "We update the site, it will take some time. We are really trying to do it fast. We apologize for any inconvenience.."

If you don’t have enough rights for requested action, you will receive error response such this:

  "message": "Access violation to this page!"

and http status code will be 403.

HTTP Verbs

Where possible, API v1 strives to use appropriate HTTP verbs for each action.

Used for retrieving resources.
Used for creating resources, or performing custom actions (such as merging a pull request).
Used for replacing resources or collections. For PUT requests with no body attribute, be sure to set the Content-Length header to zero.
Used for deleting resources.


We use http auth basic for authentification:

$ curl --user myuser@gmail.com:mypass -i https://abf.rosalinux.ru/api/v1


Requests that return multiple items will be paginated to 20 items by default. You can specify further pages with the ?page parameter. For some resources, you can also set a custom page size up to 100 with the ?per_page parameter.

$ curl https://abf.rosalinux.ru/api/v1/build_lists.json?page=2&per_page=100

The pagination info is included in the Link header. It is important to follow these Link header values instead of constructing your own URLs.

Link: <https://abf.rosalinux.ru/api/v1/build_lists.json?page=3&per_page=100>; rel="next",
  <https://abf.rosalinux.ru/build_lists.json?page=50&per_page=100>; rel="last"

Linebreak is included for readability.

The possible rel values are:

Shows the URL of the immediate next page of results.
Shows the URL of the last page of results.
Shows the URL of the first page of results.
Shows the URL of the immediate previous page of results.

Rate Limiting

We limit requests to API v1 to 2000 per hour. This is keyed off either your login, your OAuth token, or request IP. You can check the returned HTTP headers of any API request to see your current status:

$ curl -i https://abf.rosalinux.ru/whatever

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Status: 200 OK
X-RateLimit-Limit: 2000
X-RateLimit-Remaining: 496