Incoming Webhooks


This method accepts GET and POST requests with optional JSON or form payload and converts the request into message fields. The produced message is stored in the database and processed in the rule engine.

A set of reserved parameter names, specified in the query string, instruct the server how to parse incoming requests. The reserved parameters determine mappings between the request content and message fields as well as define which data is discarded as extraneous.

This method can be used to process HTTP notifications from services that support webhooks such as GitHub, AWS SNS, Jenkins, Docker Hub, Slack/Telegram/Discord Bots etc.



Method Path Payload Content-Type Header
POST /api/v1/messages/webhook/* JSON application/json
POST /api/v1/messages/webhook/* key=value application/x-www-form-urlencoded
GET /api/v1/messages/webhook/* None -

The URL path after the /webhook part can be customized, for example /api/v1/messages/webhook/service-1.


Requests must be authenticated.

When initiating a request with an HTTP client, user credentials must be included in the request URL or specified in the Authentication header.



The user must have API_DATA_WRITE role and write permissions for the target entity.

Webhook User Wizard

To create a new user with permissions to write data for a specific entity, open Settings > Users and select Create Webhook User from the split-button located below the Users table.

The wizard automatically creates user and entity groups and grant necessary permissions.

Request Parameters

Request parameters, except for reserved parameters, are converted into message tags where tag names equal parameter names and tag values equal parameter values. Tag names are converted to lower case. Non-printable characters such as tab or space in tag names are replaced with an underscore.

Request URL:


Message tags:


JSON Payload

The JSON payload is parsed to locate numeric, string, and boolean fields which are added to the message as tags. The tag name is set from the field path, which is composed from the parent object path, followed by dot . and the field's own name. Tag names are converted to lower case with non-printable characters such as tab or space replaced with an underscore.

Input document:

  "event": "commit",
  "repository": {
    "name": "atsd",
    "public": true,
    "Full Name": "Axibase TSD",
    "references": [],
    "authors": ["john.doe", "mary.jones"]

Message tags:

event = commit = atsd
repository.public = true
repository.full_name = Axibase TSD
repository.authors[0] = john.doe
repository.authors[1] = mary.jones

String fields are unquoted by removing leading and trailing single or double quotes, if present.

Array elements are assigned names based on array name and element index, starting with 0 for the first element.

Entity Mapping

Since stored message are always associated with an entity, the request must include rules for the server to determine the entity name from the request parameters or the payload.

  1. By default, the entity is set to the remainder of the path following the /api/v1/messages/webhook/ prefix.

    entity = jenkins
  2. The entity can be specified literally by adding an entity parameter to the query string, for example /api/v1/messages/webhook/jenkins?entity=test-1

    entity = test-1
  3. The entity can be extracted from a JSON field by referencing the field full name with command.entity parameter, for example /api/v1/messages/webhook/jenkins?

      "server": {
        "name": "test-2",
        "site": "NUR"
    entity = test-2
  4. The entity can be extracted from request headers by specifying the header name, for example /api/v1/messages/webhook/jenkins?header.entity=X-AXI-Region

    HTTP request headers:

    X-AXI-Region: us-east-01
    entity = us-east-01

Default Message Field Values

  • Message type is webhook.
  • Message source is set to the remainder of the URL path after the /webhook/ part (and before the query string). If the remainder is empty, the source is set to empty string.
source = incoming for /api/v1/messages/webhook/incoming?entity=test
source =          for /api/v1/messages/webhook?entity=test
  • Message entity is set to the remainder of the URL path after /webhook/ (but before the query string). If the remainder is empty, the entity must be specified as described in the Entity Mapping section above.
  • Message severity is undefined.
  • Message date is set to current server time.
  • Message tag request_ip is set to the remote IP address of the HTTP client that initiated the request.

Reserved Request Parameters

Literal Value Parameters

These parameters set message fields to literal values.

Name Description
type Message type.
source Message source.
entity Message entity.
date Message date and time in ISO format.
message Message text.
severity Message severity as an integer or text code.
datetimePattern Date pattern applied to field: iso (default), seconds, milliseconds, user-defined date pattern.


entity = test-1
type = ci
severity = WARNING

Command Parameters

Command parameters set message field values from JSON field values.

Name Description
command.type Message type.
command.source Message source.
command.entity Message entity. Message time in ISO format, Unix time in milliseconds or seconds, or user-defined format specified with datetimePattern parameter.
command.message Message text.
command.severity Message severity specified as an integer or as a constant.


  "server": "test-2",
  "event": "deploy"
entity = test-2
type = deploy

Header Parameters

Header parameters set message field values from header values.

Name Description
header.type Message type.
header.source Message source.
header.entity Message entity. Message date and time in ISO format.
header.message Message text.
header.tag.{name} Message tag.
header.severity Message severity specified as an integer or as a constant.


User-Agent: GitHub-Hookshot/5ee1da1
X-GitHub-Delivery: 955bf180-e573-11e7-9438-56fe67d6b38d
X-GitHub-Event: watch
X-Hub-Signature: sha1=b0d4aa86d17c6b77e5b35e7482769955ad9aca4d
entity = github
tags.event = watch

Filter Parameters

The filter parameters contain patterns that the converted message tags must satisfy to be included in the generated message command.

Name Description
exclude Exclude tags with names that match the specified pattern.
excludeValues Exclude tags with values that match the specified pattern.
include Override exclude rules by including tags with names that match the specified pattern.
includeValues Override excludeValues rules by including tags with values that match the specified pattern.
  • The patterns support * as a wildcard.
  • Tag name match is case-INsensitive.
  • The parameters can contain multiple patterns separated by semi-colon ;.
  • Parameters can be repeated in the query string.


  "event": "commit",
  "result": "ok",
  "repository": {
    "name": "atsd",
    "public": true,
    "Full Name": "Axibase TSD",
    "references": []

Message fields:

tag.event = commit
tag.result = ok = atsd

Parse Parameters

Name Description
json.parse Name of the request parameter or a field in the JSON payload to be parsed as a JSON document and converted into message tags similar to the JSON payload itself.


  • Form content type


In this example the payload parameter contains a JSON string which is parsed into message tags using the json.parse=payload instruction.


Message tags:

  • JSON content type


The Message field in the JSON payload contains a string which is a JSON document itself. The Message field value is parsed and converted into message tags using the json.parse=Message instruction.

  "Type": "Notification",
  "Message": "{\"version\":\"0\",\"source\":\"aws.ec2\",\"region\":\"us-east-1\"}"

Message tags:


Control Parameters

Name Description
debug If set to true, the response includes the message record in JSON format.

Parameter Precedence

The reserved parameters have the following precedence:

  1. Literal Value Parameters
  2. Command Parameters
  3. Header Parameters


  • Request URL:
  • Request Headers:
User-Agent: GitHub-Hookshot/5ee1da1
  • Request Payload:
  "server": "test-2"
  • Message Command:

Sample URLs


Subscribe to GitHub repository events.


Amazon WS

Receive AWS SNS subscription notifications.



Subscribe to build status events from Jenkins.


Travis CI

Subscribe to build status events from Travis CI.



Receive incoming bot events using Slack Event API. Refer to the Slack webhook configuration instructions.



Receive incoming bot messages. Refer to the Telegram webhook configuration instructions.




POST https://username:password@atsd_hostname:8443/api/v1/messages/webhook/github?exclude=organization.*;repository.*;*.signature;*.payload;*.sha;*.ref;*_at;*.id&;repository.full_name&header.tag.event=X-GitHub-Event&excludeValues=http*&debug=true


  • Fields with name starting with organization. are excluded.
  • Fields with name starting with repository. are excluded (except
  • Fields and repository.full_name are included.
  • Fields with values starting with http are excluded.
  • Tag event is retrieved from the X-GitHub-Event header.


  "action": "started",
  "repository": {
    "id": 54949530,
    "name": "atsd",
    "full_name": "axibase/atsd",
    "owner": {
      "login": "axibase",
      "id": 10971416,
      "avatar_url": "",
      "gravatar_id": "",
      "url": "",
      "html_url": "",
      "followers_url": "",
      "following_url": "{/other_user}",
      "gists_url": "{/gist_id}",
      "starred_url": "{/owner}{/repo}",
      "subscriptions_url": "",
      "organizations_url": "",
      "repos_url": "",
      "events_url": "{/privacy}",
      "received_events_url": "",
      "type": "Organization",
      "site_admin": false
    "private": false,
    "html_url": "",
    "description": "Axibase Time Series Database Documentation",
    "fork": false,
    "url": "",
    "forks_url": "",
    "keys_url": "{/key_id}",
    "created_at": "2016-03-29T05:51:34Z",
    "updated_at": "2017-12-22T13:32:50Z",
    "pushed_at": "2017-12-22T12:56:17Z",
    "git_url": "git://",
    "ssh_url": "",
    "clone_url": "",
    "svn_url": "",
    "homepage": "",
    "size": 78274,
    "stargazers_count": 37,
    "watchers_count": 37,
    "language": "HTML",
    "has_issues": true,
    "has_projects": false,
    "has_downloads": true,
    "has_wiki": false,
    "has_pages": true,
    "forks_count": 12,
    "mirror_url": null,
    "archived": false,
    "open_issues_count": 1,
    "license": null,
    "forks": 12,
    "open_issues": 1,
    "watchers": 37,
    "default_branch": "master"
  "organization": {
    "login": "axibase",
    "id": 10971416,
    "url": "",
    "repos_url": "",
    "events_url": "",
    "hooks_url": "",
    "issues_url": "",
    "members_url": "{/member}",
    "public_members_url": "{/member}",
    "avatar_url": "",
    "description": "Public Axibase repositories on GitHub"
  "sender": {
    "login": "john_doe",
    "id": 2098022,
    "avatar_url": "",
    "gravatar_id": "",
    "url": "",
    "html_url": "",
    "followers_url": "",
    "following_url": "{/other_user}",
    "gists_url": "{/gist_id}",
    "starred_url": "{/owner}{/repo}",
    "subscriptions_url": "",
    "organizations_url": "",
    "repos_url": "",
    "events_url": "{/privacy}",
    "received_events_url": "",
    "type": "User",
    "site_admin": false


  "entity": "github",
  "type": "webhook",
  "source": "github",
  "severity": null,
  "tags": {
    "action": "started",
    "event": "watch",
    "": "atsd",
    "repository.full_name": "axibase/atsd",
    "request_ip": "",
    "": "2098022",
    "sender.login": "john_doe",
    "sender.site_admin": "false",
    "sender.type": "User"
  "date": "2017-12-22T13:32:50.901Z"


The last 100 recently received webhooks are listed on the Alerts > Incoming Webhooks page.