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Introduction

WHM API 1 accesses the WHM interface's features. You can use this API to perform server administration tasks, administrate cPanel and WHM reseller accounts, and manage cPanel & WHM services.

Note

  • When you enable a non-Standard Node server profile, the system disables API calls associated with that profile's disabled roles.
  • Use the applist command to return an alphabetical list of WHM API 1 functions.
  • You cannot call this API's functions via another API's call methods.

Basic usage

JSON API

https://hostname.example.com:2087/cpsess##########/json-api/accountsummary?api.version=1&user=username

WHM API calls through JSON consist of the following basic parts:

JSON API Example

Server and port

The web server's HTTP address and the port number to use. Generally, this value begins with https:// and the domain name.

When you call this API, use the following ports:

  • 2086 - Unsecure calls as a specific WHM account.
  • 2087 - Secure calls as a specific WHM account.

Warning

You cannot call this API via cPanel ports (2082 or 2083) or Webmail ports (2095 or 2096).

Security token

The current session's security token.

Note

Cookie-based calls (for example, calls from a web browser) require a security token. For other authentication methods, read our Guide to API Authentication documentation.

API type

The API output type that you wish to receive. Use json-api to return JSON-formatted output.

Function

The WHM API function.

API version

The API version to use. To call WHM API 1, set the api.version parameter to 1.

Important

If you do not include the API version, the call will default to WHM API 0.

Input parameters and values

The function's input parameters and their values.

  • You must URI-encode these values.
  • Separate multiple parameter=value pairs with the ampersand character (&).

Note

The term "Boolean" in our documentation refers to parameters that accept values of 1 or 0. cPanel & WHM's APIs do not support the literal values of true and false.

Command Line

whmapi1 accountsummary user=username
  • WHM API 1 calls via the command line do not return the metadata that other methods return if they experience errors that prevent a successful function run. For more information, read our WHM API 1 - Return Data documentation.

WHM API calls through the command line consist of the following basic parts:

Command Line API Example

Command

This value is always whmapi1 for calls to WHM API 1.

Note

If you run CloudLinux™, you must use the full path of thewhmapi1 command:

/usr/local/cpanel/bin/whmapi1

Output Type

The API output type that you wish to receive.

  • Use --output=json to return JSON-formatted output.
  • Use --output=jsonpretty to return indented JSON-formatted output.
  • Use --output=yaml to return YAML-formatted output.

Note

This parameter defaults to --output=yaml.

Function

The WHM API function.

Input parameters and values

The function's input parameters and their values.

  • Separate multiple parameter=value pairs with a space character.
  • Special characters within a key's value may cause an error. You must either escape any special characters within values or surround the value with appropriate quotes. For more information, read Wikipedia's Escape Characters article. For example, a bash shell command with a JSON-encoded value may appear similar to one of the following:

    • whmapi1 function key=[\"sslinstall\",\"videotut\"]"
    • whmapi1 function key='{"videotut","sslinstall"}'

Note

The term "Boolean" in our documentation refers to parameters that accept values of 1 or 0. cPanel & WHM's APIs do not support the literal values of true and false.

For more information about this feature, run the following command:

whmapi1 --help

Do not attempt to use cPanel or WHM interface URLs to perform actions in custom code. You must call the appropriate API functions in order to perform the actions of cPanel & WHM's interfaces.

For example, do not pass values to .html pages, as in the following example:

http://example.com:2082/frontend/x3/mail/doaddpop.html/email=name&domain=user.com

While this unsupported method sometimes worked in previous versions of cPanel & WHM, we strongly discourage its use and do not guarantee that it will work in the future. Instead, the correct method to perform this action is to call the appropriate API function.