Armada API

Armada exposes an API via gRPC or REST.


The API is defined in /pkg/api folder with *.proto files as source for all generated code.

Folder /pkg/api also contains generated clients and together with helper methods from /pkg/client provides a convenient way to call Armada API from go code. See armadactl code for examples.

Following subset of API defined in /pkg/api is intended for public use.

api.Submit (definition)

/api.Submit/SubmitJobs - submitting jobs to be run

/api.Submit/CancelJobs - cancel jobs

/api.Submit/CreateQueue - create a new queue

/api.Submit/UpdateQueue - update an existing queue

/api.Submit/DeleteQueue - remove queue

/api.Submit/GetQueue - get information about queue (name, permissions)

/api.Submit/GetQueueInfo - get information about queued (active jobs, including those currently running)

api.Event (definition)

/api.Event/GetJobSetEvents - read events of jobs running under particular JobSet


There are additional API methods defined in proto specifications, which are used by Armada executor and not intended to be used by external users. This API can change in any version.


The REST API only exposes the public part of the gRPC API and it is implemented using grpc-gateway.

Swagger json specification can be found here and is also served by Armada under my.armada.deployment/api/swagger.json


Both gRPC and REST API support the same set of authentication methods. In the case of gRPC all authentication methods uses authorization key in grpc metadata. The REST API use standard http Authorization header (which is translated by grpc-gateway to authorization metadata).

See helm chart documentation for different server authentication schemes setup.

No Auth

For testing, Armada can be configured to accept no authentication. All operations will use user anonymous in this case.

OpenId Authentication

When server is configured with OpenID, it will accept authorization header or metadata in the form Bearer {oauth_token}.

Basic Authentication

For basic authentication API accepts standard authorization header or metadata in the form basic {base64(user:password)}.


For Kerberos authentication API accepts the same authorization metadata for gRPC as standard Kerberos http SPNEGO authorization headers, the API responds with WWW-Authenticate header or metadata.


Armada will determine which actions you are able to perform based on your user’s permissions. These are defined as global or on a per queue basis.

Below is the list of global Armada permissions (defined here):

In addition, the following queue-specific permission verbs control what actions can be taken per individual queues (defined here):

The table below shows which permissions are required for a user to access each API endpoint (either directly or via a group). Note queue-specific permission require a user to be bound to a global permission as well (shown as tuples in the table below).

Endpoint Global Permissions Queue Permissions
SubmitJobs submit_any_jobs (submit_jobs, submit)
CancelJobs cancel_any_jobs (cancel_jobs, cancel)
ReprioritizeJobs reprioritize_any_jobs (reprioritize_jobs, reprioritize)
CreateQueue create_queue  
UpdateQueue create_queue  
DeleteQueue delete_queue  
GetQueueInfo watch_all_events (watch_events, watch)
GetJobSetEvents watch_all_events (watch_events, watch)