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Using the Group REST Interface on the Camunda Platform

A RESTful API is an application program interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. Camunda BPM also provides a REST API to allow other applications to communicate with it and perform several functions.

This post contains examples of how to use the Group REST API of the Camunda BPM engine. There are numerous options in terms of clients you can use like, Postman, Insomnia, and Paw. This post makes use of the curl command to invoke the REST interfaces.

Getting Started

The following list defines the technologies and libraries I used to implement the sample code:

Example 1: Group Resource Options

The OPTIONS /group and OPTIONS /group/{id} REST interfaces retrieves the list of available operations that the current authenticated user can perform on the different Group REST interfaces. See the documentation for more information.

# Default OPTIONS /group command
$ curl -X OPTIONS http://localhost:8080/engine-rest/group

# Default OPTIONS /group/{ID} command
$ curl -X OPTIONS http://localhost:8080/engine-rest/group/camunda-admin

Example 2: Query List of Groups

The GET /group REST interface retrieves a list of groups based on the set of parameters. See the documentation for more information and other parameters you can use. The result is an array of user objects with properties: id, name and type.

# Default GET /group REST Interface
$ curl -X GET http://localhost:8080/engine-rest/group

# Add parameter *name* to REST Interface
$ curl -X GET 'http://localhost:8080/engine-rest/group?name=Accounting'

# Add parameter *id* to REST Interface
$ curl -X GET 'http://localhost:8080/engine-rest/group?id=camunda-admin'

# Add parameter *type* to REST Interface
$ curl -X GET 'http://localhost:8080/engine-rest/group?type=WORKFLOW'

Example 3: Query the Number of Groups

The GET /group/count REST interface queries the number/count of groups that are configured within the Camunda BPM engine. See the documentation for more information and other parameters you can use.

# Default GET /group/count REST Interface
$ curl -X GET http://localhost:8080/engine-rest/group/count

# Add parameter *type* to REST Interface
$ curl -X GET 'http://localhost:8080/engine-rest/group/count?type=SYSTEM'

Example 4: Create a Group

The POST /group/create REST interface creates a new group based on the information provided as part of the body. See the documentation for more information.

# Default POST /group/create REST Interface
$ curl -X POST http://localhost:8080/engine-rest/group/create \
  -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
  -d '{
		"id": "avengers",
		"name": "Avengers",
		"type": "WORKFLOW"
	}'

Example 5: Get a Group

The GET /group/{id} REST interface retrieves a group by id. See the documentation for more information. The result is a group object with properties: id, name and type.

# Default GET /group/{id} REST Interface
$ curl -X GET http://localhost:8080/engine-rest/group/avengers

Example 6: Update a Group

The PUT /group/{id} REST interface updates a group associated with a specific id. See the documentation for more information.

# Default PUT /group/{id} REST Interface
$ curl -X PUT http://localhost:8080/engine-rest/group/avengers \
  -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
  -d '{
		"id": "avengers",
		"name": "The Avengers",
		"type": "SYSTEM"
	}'

Example 7: Group Membership Resource Options

The OPTIONS /group/{id}/member REST interface retrieves the list of available operations that the current authenticated user can perform on the different Group Membership REST interfaces. See the documentation for more information.

# Default OPTIONS /group/{id}/members command
$ curl -X OPTIONS http://localhost:8080/engine-rest/group/avengers/members

Example 8: Create a Group Member

The PUT /group/{id}/members/{userId} REST interface adds a new member to the group based on the information provided as part of the path. See the documentation for more information.

# Default PUT /group/{id}/members/{userId} command
$ curl -X PUT http://localhost:8080/engine-rest/group/avengers/members/starlord

Example 9: Delete a Group Member

The DELETE /group/{id}/members/{userId} REST interface deletes a member of the group based on the information provided as part of the path. See the documentation for more information.

# Default DELETE /group/{id}/members/{userId} command
$ curl -X DELETE http://localhost:8080/engine-rest/group/avengers/members/starlord

Example 10: Delete a Group

The DELETE /group/{id} REST interface deletes the group. See the documentation for more information.

# Default DELETE /group/{id} REST Interface
$ curl -X DELETE http://localhost:8080/engine-rest/group/avengers

Notes

Here are some tips and notes about the examples I showed you:

  • You would have to escape the URL if it has special characters of the shell in it like ampersand ‘&’.
  • You can append the command ‘ jq . ‘ after your curl commands to print the json in a pretty format.

Summary

Congratulations! You have successfully used the Group REST interface to perform a number of functions on the Camunda BPM engine. Follow me on any of the different social media platforms and feel free to leave comments.