Accessing the Anchore Engine API


The Anchore Engine API is documented using the OpenAPI Specification (Swagger) and the source for the latest development version can be found in GitHub in swagger.yaml document within the external API service. There are also a variety of ways in which the API specification can be accessed.


You can browse latest stable the Anchore API specification here

Local Swagger JSON

The JSON definition for the API specification for your specific instance of Anchore can be downloaded from a running Anchore Engine service at the following URI:




Local Swagger UI

  1. When using docker-compose: Uncomment the following section at the bottom of the docker-compose.yaml file:

    #  # Uncomment this section to run a swagger UI service, for inspecting and interacting with the anchore engine API via a browser (http://localhost:8080 by default, change if needed in both sections below)
    #  swagger-ui-nginx:
    #    image:
    #    depends_on:
    #      - api
    #      - swagger-ui
    #    ports:
    #      - "8080:8080"
    #    volumes:
    #      - ./anchore-swaggerui-nginx.conf:/etc/nginx/nginx.conf:z
    #    logging:
    #      driver: "json-file"
    #      options:
    #        max-size: 100m
    #  swagger-ui:
    #    image:
    #    environment:
    #      - URL=http://localhost:8080/v1/swagger.json
    #    logging:
    #      driver: "json-file"
    #      options:
    #        max-size: 100m
  2. Download the nginx configuration into the same directory as the docker-compose.yaml file, with name anchore-swaggerui-nginx.conf

    curl -O
    docker-compose up -d

    You should see a new container started and can access prometheus via your browser on http://localhost:8080/ui/

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