SQL Query API Endpoint


Execute an SQL query and retrieve query results in CSV or JSON format, including optional result metadata.

To obtain result metadata without executing the query, submit the query to /api/sql/meta endpoint.


The rows returned for the SQL query are filtered by the server according to the user's entity read permissions.

This means that the same query executed by users with different entity permissions may produce different results.

Scheduled queries are executed under full permissions.

Connection Query

To test a connection, execute the following query:


This query can be utilized as a validation query in database connection pool implementations such as Apache Commons DBCP.


Method Path Content-Type Header
POST /api/sql application/x-www-form-urlencoded


Name Type Description
q string [Required] Query text.
outputFormat string Output format: csv or json. Default: csv.
A special null format can be specified for performance testing. If format is null, the query is executed but the response output is not produced by the database.
metadataFormat string Metadata format for CSV format. Default: HEADER.
Supported values: NONE, HEADER, EMBED, COMMENTS.
queryId string User-defined handle submitted at the request time to identify the query, if it needs to be cancelled.
limit integer Maximum number of rows to return. Default: 0 (not applied).
The number of returned rows is equal to the limit parameter or the LIMIT clause, whichever is lower.
discardOutput boolean If set to true, discards the produced content without sending it to the client.
encodeTags boolean If set to true, the tags column is encoded in JSON format for safe deserialization on the client.
datetimeAsNumber boolean If set to true, the datetime column contains Unix milliseconds since 1970-01-01T00:00:00Z, similar to the time column.

As an alternative, the query can be submitted with Content-Type text/plain as text payload with the other parameters included in the query string.

limit parameter vs LIMIT clause

limit LIMIT Result
5 3 3
5 10 5
5 - 5
0 3 3
- 3 3
- - -
  statement.executeQuery("SELECT datetime, value FROM \"mpstat.cpu_busy\" LIMIT 3");
  //results are limited to 3 records

Cancelling the Query

The client may cancel an active query by submitting a request to /api/sql/cancel?queryId=myid endpoint.

The queryId identifies the query to be cancelled.


The response in CSV format is subject to the following formatting rules:

  • String values are enclosed in double-quotes, even if special characters are not present.
  • NULL is printed as an empty string.
  • Numeric values, including NaN (Not a Number), are not enclosed in quotes.


The response can include optional metadata to assist API clients in processing results, for example to convert text values in CSV or JSON field values into language-specific data types.

The metadata is specified as JSON-LD (JSON linked data) according to the W3C Model for Tabular Data.

ATSD JSON-LD schema is published here.

Sample metadata:

    "@context": ["http://www.w3.org/ns/csvw", {
        "atsd": "http://www.axibase.com/schemas/2017/07/atsd.jsonld"
    "dc:created": {
        "@value": "2017-07-04T16:59:19.908Z",
        "@type": "xsd:date"
    "dc:publisher": {
        "schema:name": "Axibase Time-Series Database",
        "schema:url": {
            "@id": "https://atsd_hostname:8443"
    "dc:title": "SQL Query",
    "rdfs:comment": "SELECT tbl.value*100 AS \"cpu_percent\", tbl.datetime 'sample-date'\n FROM \"mpstat.cpu_busy\" tbl \n WHERE datetime > now - 1*MINUTE",
    "@type": "Table",
    "url": "sql.csv",
    "tableSchema": {
        "columns": [{
            "columnIndex": 1,
            "name": "tbl.value * 100",
            "titles": "cpu_percent",
            "datatype": "double",
            "table": "cpu_busy",
            "propertyUrl": "atsd:value"
        }, {
            "columnIndex": 2,
            "name": "tbl.datetime",
            "titles": "sample-date",
            "datatype": "xsd:dateTimeStamp",
            "table": "cpu_busy",
            "propertyUrl": "atsd:datetime",
            "dc:description": "Sample time in ISO8601 format"
    "dialect": {
        "commentPrefix": "#",
        "delimiter": ",",
        "doubleQuote": true,
        "quoteChar": "\"",
        "headerRowCount": 1,
        "encoding": "utf-8",
        "header": true,
        "lineTerminators": ["\r\n", "\n"],
        "skipBlankRows": false,
        "skipColumns": 0,
        "skipRows": 0,
        "skipInitialSpace": false,
        "trim": false,
        "@type": "Dialect"

Metadata in JSON Output Format

Results in the JSON output format incorporates metadata by default, including table and column schema.

Metadata in CSV Output Format

The metadataFormat parameter specifies how metadata is incorporated into the CSV response.

Value Description
NONE Do not include metadata in the response.
HEADER [Default] Add JSON-LD metadata into Base64-encoded Link header according to W3C Model for Tabular Data.
<data:application/csvm+json;base64,eyJAY29...ifX0=>; rel="describedBy"; type="application/csvm+json"
Be aware that maximum response header size is 12 kilobytes and avoid Link header option if the response contains many columns or columns with long names.
EMBED Append JSON-LD metadata to CSV header as comments prefixed by hash symbol.
COMMENTS Append CSV metadata to CSV header as comments prefixed by hash symbol.


curl Query Example

curl https://atsd_hostname:8443/api/sql  \
  --insecure  --include --compressed \
  --user {username}:{password} \
  --data 'q=SELECT entity, value FROM "mpstat.cpu_busy" WHERE datetime > now - 1*MINUTE'

Use '\' to escape single quotes inside the query payload.

curl https://atsd_hostname:8443/api/sql  \
  --insecure  --include --compressed \
  --user {username}:{password} \
  --data 'q=SELECT * FROM "mpstat.cpu_busy" WHERE entity =  '\''nurswghbs001'\'' AND datetime between '\''2018-03-01T17:00:00Z'\'' AND '\''2018-03-02T17:00:00Z'\'''

Bash Client Example

Execute query specified in a query.sql file and write CSV results to /tmp/report-1.csv.

./sql.sh -o /tmp/report-1.csv -i query.sql -f csv

Execute query specified inline and store results in /tmp/report-2.csv.

./sql.sh --output /tmp/report-2.csv --query "SELECT entity, value FROM \"mpstat.cpu_busy\" WHERE datetime > now - 1*minute LIMIT 3"

Bash client parameters.

Java Client Example

SQL to CSV example in Java.

Encoding Tags

encodeTags=true&q=SELECT entity, datetime, value, tags FROM df.disk_used WHERE datetime > current_hour LIMIT 1
  • Encoding in CSV Format

Response Examples