farmOS has a REST API that other applications/systems can use to communicate with farmOS programatically. The API provides CRUD operations for all of the main farmOS record types (Drupal entity types). This is accomplished with the RESTful Web Services module.

Note for Sensor Data: If you are looking for documentation about pushing and pulling data from sensors in farmOS, see Sensors.

The following documentation provides a brief overview of the farmOS API for developers who are interested in using it. For more general information, please refer to the RESTful Web Services module documentation.

In all of the commands below, replace the following placeholders with your specific farmOS URL, username, and password.


The following curl command will authenticate using the username and password, and save the session cookie to a file called farmOS-cookie.txt. Then it will get a session token and save that to a $TOKEN variable. Together, the cookie and token can be used to make authenticated requests.

curl --cookie-jar farmOS-cookie.txt -d 'name=[USER]&pass=[PASS]&form_id=user_login' [URL]/user/login
TOKEN="$(curl --cookie farmOS-cookie.txt [URL]/restws/session/token)"

Requesting records

The following curl command examples demonstrate how to get lists of records and individual records in JSON format. They use the stored farmOS-cookie.txt file and $TOKEN variable generated with the commands above.

Lists of records

This will retrieve a list of harvest logs in JSON format:

curl --cookie farmOS-cookie.txt -H "X-CSRF-Token: ${TOKEN}" [URL]/log.json?type=farm_harvest

Records can also be requested in XML format by changing the file extension in the URL:

curl --cookie farmOS-cookie.txt -H "X-CSRF-Token: ${TOKEN}" [URL]/log.xml?type=farm_harvest

Individual records

Individual records can be retrieved in a similar way, by including their entity ID. This will retrieve a log with ID 1:

curl --cookie farmOS-cookie.txt -H "X-CSRF-Token: ${TOKEN}" [URL]/log/1.json


The endpoint to use depends on the entity type you are requesting:


Note that areas are currently represented as Drupal taxonomy terms, but may be changed to assets in the future. See Make "Area" into a type of Farm Asset.

In order to get a list of areas, you first need to get the taxonomy vocabulary ID for the farm_areas vocabulary. Then, you can filter the taxonomy term endpoint by the vocabulary ID ("[vid]") to only show areas: /taxonomy_term.json?vocabulary=[vid]

Creating records

Records can be created by POSTing JSON/XML objects to the endpoint for the entity type you would like to create.

First, here is a very simple example of an observation log in JSON. The bare minimum required fields are name, type, and timestamp.

  "name": "Test observation via REST",
  "type": "farm_observation",
  "timestamp": "1526584271",

Here is a curl command to create that log in farmOS:

curl -X POST --cookie farmOS-cookie.txt -H "X-CSRF-Token: ${TOKEN}" -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -d '{"name": "Test observation via REST", "type": "farm_observation", "timestamp": "1526584271"}' [URL]/log

Uploading files

Files can be attached to records using the API.

Most record types (areas, assets, logs, etc) have both a "Photo(s)" field (for image files) and a "File(s)" field (for other files). The machine names of these fields are:

The API expects an array of base64-encoded strings. Multiple files can be included in the array.

For example (replace [BASE64_CONTENT] with the base64 encoding of the file):

  "name": "Test file upload via REST",
  "type": "farm_observation",
  "timestamp": "1534261642",
  "field_farm_images": [

Here is an example using curl (replace [filename] with the path to the file). This will create a new observation log with the file attached to the "Photo(s)" field of the log.

# Get the file MIME type.
FILE_MIME=`file -b --mime-type [filename]`

# Encode the file as a base64 string and save it to a variable.
FILE_CONTENT=`base64 [filename]`

# Post a log with the file attached to the photo field.
# <<CURL_DATA is used because base64 encoded files are generally longer
# the max curl argument length. See:
# https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/174350/curl-argument-list-too-long
curl -X POST --cookie farmOS-cookie.txt -H "X-CSRF-Token: ${TOKEN}" -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d @- [URL]/log <<CURL_DATA
{"name": "Test file upload via REST", "type": "farm_observation", "timestamp": "1534261642", "field_farm_images": ["data:${FILE_MIME};base64,${FILE_CONTENT}"]}


Some common issues and solutions are described below. If these do not help, submit a support request on GitHub or ask questions in the farmOS chat room.