4.2. API Examples Using Ruby

The following examples describe how to perform various tasks using Ruby to communicate with the Satellite API.


These are example scripts and commands. Ensure you review these scripts carefully before use, and replace any variables, user names, passwords, and other information to suit your own deployment.

4.2.1. Creating Objects Using Ruby

The following script connects to the Red Hat Satellite 6 API and creates a new organization, and then creates three environments in the new organization. If the organization already exists, the script uses that organization. If any of the environments already exist in the organization, the script raises an error and quits.

require 'rest-client'
require 'json'

url = 'https://satellite6.example.com/api/v2/'
katello_url = "#{url}/katello/api/v2/"

$username = 'admin'
$password = 'changeme'

org_name = "MyOrg"
environments = [ "Development", "Testing", "Production" ]

# Performs a GET using the passed URL location
def get_json(location)
  response = RestClient::Request.new(
    :method => :get,
    :url => location,
    :user => $username,
    :password => $password,
    :headers => { :accept => :json,
    :content_type => :json }

# Performs a POST and passes the data to the URL location
def post_json(location, json_data)
  response = RestClient::Request.new(
    :method => :post,
    :url => location,
    :user => $username,
    :password => $password,
    :headers => { :accept => :json,
    :content_type => :json},
    :payload => json_data

# Creates a hash with ids mapping to names for an array of recods
def id_name_map(records)
  records.inject({}) do |map, record|
    map.update(record['id'] => record['name'])

# Get list of existing organizations
orgs = get_json("#{katello_url}/organizations")
org_list = id_name_map(orgs['results'])

if !org_list.has_value?(org_name)
  # If our organization is not found, create it
  puts "Creating organization: \t#{org_name}"
  org_id = post_json("#{katello_url}/organizations", JSON.generate({"name"=> org_name}))["id"]
  # Our organization exists, so let's grab it
  org_id = org_list.key(org_name)
  puts "Organization \"#{org_name}\" exists"

# Get list of organization's lifecycle environments
envs = get_json("#{katello_url}/organizations/#{org_id}/environments")
env_list = id_name_map(envs['results'])
prior_env_id = env_list.key("Library")

# Exit the script if at least one life cycle environment already exists
environments.each do |e|
  if env_list.has_value?(e)
    puts "ERROR: One of the Environments is not unique to organization"

 # Create life cycle environments
environments.each do |environment|
  puts "Creating environment: \t#{environment}"
  prior_env_id = post_json("#{katello_url}/organizations/#{org_id}/environments", JSON.generate({"name" => environment, "organization_id" => org_id, "prior_id" => prior_env_id}))["id"]