Query paging

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Most of PuppetDB’s query endpoints support a general set of HTTP URL parameters that can be used for paging results. PuppetDB also supports paging via query operators, as described in the AST documentation.

URL parameters for paging results


This parameter can be used to ask PuppetDB to return results sorted by one or more fields, in ascending or descending order. The value must be a JSON array of maps. Each map represents a field to sort by, and the order in which the maps are specified in the array determines the sort order.

Each map must contain the key field, whose value must be the name of a field that can be returned by the specified query.

Each map may also optionally contain the key order, whose value may either be "asc" or "desc", depending on whether you wish the field to be sorted in ascending or descending order. The default value for this key, if not specified, is "asc".

Note that the legal values for field vary depending on which endpoint you are querying. For lists of legal fields, please refer to the documentation for the specific query endpoints.


Using curl from localhost:

This query will order the results of the facts endpoint in descending order by certname, breaking ties with an ascending ordering name.

curl -X GET http://localhost:8080/pdb/query/v4/facts --data-urlencode \
  'order_by=[{"field": "certname", "order": "desc"}, {"field": "name"}]'


This parameter can be used to restrict the result set to a maximum number of results. The value should be an integer.


This parameter lets you request a count of how many records would have been returned, had the query not been limited using the limit parameter. This is useful if you want your application to show how far the user has navigated (“page 3 of 15”).

The value should be a Boolean, and defaults to false. If true, the HTTP response will contain a header X-Records, whose value is an integer indicating the total number of results available.

Note: Setting this flag to true will introduce a minor performance hit on the query.


Using curl from localhost:

curl -vv -X GET http://localhost:8080/pdb/query/v4/facts \
  --data-urlencode 'limit=1' --data-urlencode 'include_total=true'

* Hostname was NOT found in DNS cache
*   Trying ::1...
* Connected to localhost (::1) port 8080 (#0)
> GET /pdb/query/v4/facts HTTP/1.1
> User-Agent: curl/7.37.1
> Host: localhost:8080
> Accept: */*
> Content-Length: 26
> Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
* upload completely sent off: 26 out of 26 bytes
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:17:35 GMT
< Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8
< X-Records: 1148
< Content-Length: 105
* Server Jetty(9.2.10.v20150310) is not blacklisted
< Server: Jetty(9.2.10.v20150310)
[ {
  "certname" : "host-0",
  "environment" : "production",
  "name" : "kernel",
  "value" : "Linux"
} ]


This parameter can be used to tell PuppetDB to return results beginning at the specified offset. For example, if you’d like to page through query results with a page size of 10, your first query would specify limit=10 and offset=0, your second query would specify limit=10 and offset=10, and so on.

This value should be an integer. Note that the order in which results are returned by PuppetDB is not guaranteed to be consistent unless you specify a value for order_by, so this parameter should generally be used in conjunction with order_by.


Using curl from localhost:

curl -X GET http://localhost:8080/pdb/query/v4/facts \
  --data-urlencode 'order_by=[{"field": "certname"}]' \
  --data-urlencode 'limit=5' \
  --data-urlencode 'offset=5'
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