Use the operator’s REST services

The operator provides a REST server which you can use to get a list of WebLogic domains and clusters and to initiate scaling operations. Swagger documentation for the REST API is available here.

You can access most of the REST services using GET, for example:

  • To obtain a list of domains, send a GET request to the URL /operator/latest/domains
  • To obtain a list of clusters in a domain, send a GET request to the URL /operator/latest/domains/<domainUID>/clusters

All of the REST services require authentication. Callers must pass in a valid token header and a CA certificate file. Callers should pass in the Accept:/application/json header.

To protect against Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks, the operator REST API requires that you send in a X-Requested-By header when you invoke a REST endpoint that makes a change (for example, when you POST to the /scale endpoint). The value is an arbitrary name such as MyClient. For example, when using curl:

curl ... -H X-Requested-By:MyClient ... -X POST .../scaling

If you do not pass in the X-Requested-By header, then you’ll get a 400 (bad request) response without any details explaining why the request is bad. The X-Requested-By header is not needed for requests that only read, for example, when you GET any of the operator’s REST endpoints.

Before using the sample script below, you must:

  • Update it to ensure it has the correct service account, namespaces, and such, and it points to the values.yaml that you used to install the operator (so that it can get the certificates).
  • Add your operator’s certificate to your operating system’s trust store (see below).
  • If you are using a self-signed certificate and your client is macOS, you may need to update the version of curl you have installed. The version of CURL that ships with macOS High Sierra (curl 7.54.0 (x86_64-apple-darwin17.0) libcurl/7.54.0 LibreSSL/2.0.20 zlib/1.2.11 nghttp2/1.24.0) has known issues with self-signed certificates. Oracle recommends curl 7.63.0 (x86_64-apple-darwin17.7.0) libcurl/7.63.0 SecureTransport zlib/1.2.11, which can be installed with brew install curl.

How to add your certificate to your operating system trust store

For macOS, find the certificate in Finder, and double-click on it. This will add it to your keystore and open Keychain Access. Find the certificate in Keychain Access and double-click on it to open the details. Open the “Trust” pull-down menu and set the value of “When using this certificate” to “Always Trust”, then close the detail window. Enter your password when prompted.

For Oracle Linux, run the script below, once to copy the certificate into /tmp/operator.cert.pem, then run these commands to add the certificate to the trust store:

$ sudo cp /tmp/operator.cert.pem /etc/pki/ca-trust/source/anchors/
$ sudo update-ca-trust enable; sudo update-ca-trust extract
$ openssl x509 -noout -hash -in /tmp/operator.cert.pem
$ sudo ln -s /etc/pki/ca-trust/source/anchors/operator.cert.pem /etc/pki/tls/certs/e242d2da.0

In the final command, the file name e242d2da.0 should be the output of the previous command plus the suffix .0.

For other operating systems, consult your operating system’s documentation (or Google).

Sample operator REST client script

Here is a small, sample BASH script that may help to prepare the necessary token, certificates, and such, to call the operator’s REST services. Please read the important caveats above before using this script:


REST_PORT=`kubectl get services -n weblogic-operator -o jsonpath='{.items[?( == "external-weblogic-operator-svc")].spec.ports[?( == "rest")].nodePort}'`
SECRET=`kubectl get serviceaccount weblogic-operator -n weblogic-operator -o jsonpath='{.secrets[0].name}'`
ENCODED_TOKEN=`kubectl get secret ${SECRET} -n weblogic-operator -o jsonpath='{.data.token}'`
TOKEN=`echo ${ENCODED_TOKEN} | base64 --decode`
OPERATOR_CERT_DATA=`kubectl get secret -n weblogic-operator weblogic-operator-external-rest-identity -o jsonpath='{.data.tls\.crt}'`
echo ${OPERATOR_CERT_DATA} | base64 --decode > ${OPERATOR_CERT_FILE}

echo "Ready to call operator REST APIs"

  -v \
  --cacert ${OPERATOR_CERT_FILE} \
  -H "Authorization: Bearer ${TOKEN}" \
  -H Accept:application/json \
  -o curl.out \
  --stderr curl.err \
  -w "%{http_code}"`

cat curl.err
cat curl.out | jq .

You can use the -k option to bypass the check to verify that the operator’s certificate is trusted (instead of curl --cacert), but this is insecure.

To use this script, pass in the Kubernetes server address and then the URL you want to call. The script assumes jq is installed and uses it to format the response. This can be removed if desired. The script also prints out quite a bit of useful debugging information, in addition to the response. Here is an example of the output of this script:

$ ./ kubernetes001 operator/latest/domains/domain1/clusters
Ready to call operator REST APIs
Note: Unnecessary use of -X or --request, GET is already inferred.
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
  0     0    0     0    0     0      0      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--     0*   Trying
* Connected to kubernetes001 ( port 31001 (#0)
* ALPN, offering h2
* ALPN, offering http/1.1
* Cipher selection: ALL:!EXPORT:!EXPORT40:!EXPORT56:!aNULL:!LOW:!RC4:@STRENGTH
* error setting certificate verify locations, continuing anyway:
*   CAfile: /tmp/operator.cert.pem
  CApath: none
* TLSv1.2 (OUT), TLS handshake, Client hello (1):
} [512 bytes data]
* TLSv1.2 (IN), TLS handshake, Server hello (2):
{ [81 bytes data]
* TLSv1.2 (IN), TLS handshake, Certificate (11):
{ [799 bytes data]
* TLSv1.2 (IN), TLS handshake, Server key exchange (12):
{ [413 bytes data]
* TLSv1.2 (IN), TLS handshake, Server finished (14):
{ [4 bytes data]
* TLSv1.2 (OUT), TLS handshake, Client key exchange (16):
} [150 bytes data]
* TLSv1.2 (OUT), TLS change cipher, Client hello (1):
} [1 bytes data]
* TLSv1.2 (OUT), TLS handshake, Finished (20):
} [16 bytes data]
* TLSv1.2 (IN), TLS change cipher, Client hello (1):
{ [1 bytes data]
* TLSv1.2 (IN), TLS handshake, Finished (20):
{ [16 bytes data]
* SSL connection using TLSv1.2 / ECDHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256
* ALPN, server did not agree to a protocol
* Server certificate:
*  subject: CN=weblogic-operator
*  start date: Jan 18 16:30:01 2018 GMT
*  expire date: Jan 16 16:30:01 2028 GMT
*  issuer: CN=weblogic-operator
*  SSL certificate verify result: unable to get local issuer certificate (20), continuing anyway.
> GET /operator/latest/domains/domain1/clusters HTTP/1.1
> Host: kubernetes001:31001
> User-Agent: curl/7.54.0
> Authorization: Bearer eyJhbGciOiJSUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpc3MiOiJrdWJlcm5ldGVzL3NlcnZpY2VhY2NvdW50Iiwia3ViZXJuZXRlcy5pby9zZXJ2aWNlYWNjb3VudC9uYW1lc3BhY2UiOiJ3ZWJsb2dpYy1vcGVyYXRvciIsImt1YmVybmV0ZXMuaW8vc2VydmljZWFjY291bnQ (truncated) 1vcGVyYXRvcjp3ZWJsb2dpYy1vcGVyYXRvciJ9.NgaGR0NbzbJpVXguQDjRKyDBnNTqwgwPEXv3NjWwMcaf0OlN54apHubdrIx6KYz9ONGz-QeTLnoMChFY7oWA6CBfbvjt-GQX6JvdoJYxsQo1pt-E6sO2YvqTFE4EG-gpEDaiCE_OjZ_bBpJydhIiFReToA3-mxpDAUK2_rUfkWe5YEaLGMWoYQfXPAykzFiH4vqIi_tzzyzNnGxI2tUcBxNh3tzWFPGXKhzG18HswiwlFU5pe7XEYv4gJbvtV5tlGz7YdmH74Rc0dveV-54qHD_VDC5M7JZVh0ZDlyJMAmWe4YcdwNQQNGs91jqo1-JEM0Wj8iQSDE3cZj6MB0wrdg
> Accept:application/json
  0     0    0     0    0     0      0      0 --:--:--  0:00:01 --:--:--     0< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< Content-Type: application/json
< Content-Length: 463
{ [463 bytes data]
100   463  100   463    0     0    205      0  0:00:02  0:00:02 --:--:--   205
* Connection #0 to host kubernetes001 left intact
  "links": [
      "rel": "self",
      "title": "",
      "href": "/operator/latest/domains/domain1/clusters"
      "rel": "canonical",
      "title": "",
      "href": "/operator/latest/domains/domain1/clusters"
      "rel": "parent",
      "title": "",
      "href": "/operator/latest/domains/domain1"
  "items": [
      "links": [
          "rel": "self",
          "title": "",
          "href": "/operator/latest/domains/domain1/clusters/cluster-1"
          "rel": "canonical",
          "title": "",
          "href": "/operator/latest/domains/domain1/clusters/cluster-1"
      "cluster": "cluster-1"