Using the Anchore API


The Anchore API has been documented using the OpenAPI Specification (Swagger) and the source can be found in the swagger.yaml document withiin the external API service. There are also a variety of ways in which the API specification can be accessed.


You can browse latest stable the Anchore API specification on SwaggerHub

Local Swagger JSON

The JSON definition for the API specification for your specific instance of Anchore can be downloaded from a running Anchore Engine service at the following URI:




Local Swagger UI

Finally, Anchore includes the ability to deploy a sidecar set of containers that provide a local Swagger UI, allowing for the API to be viewed and tested within a web browser. The Swagger UI is accessed by first enabling an nginx proxy service and swagger-ui service that run alongside your anchore engine deployment, and then directing your browser at the nginx proxy service.

To enable in a quickstart deployment (using docker-compose), simply uncomment the two service sections (the ‘anchore-swagger-ui-nginx’ and ‘anchore-swagger-ui’ services) at the end of the default docker-compose.yaml before starting up anchore, according to the regular Quickstart Guide. Once enabled, you can then direct your browser at your server, port 8080, and start browsing and testing API calls.