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Control systemd services through Web or REST API


git clone
virtualenv3 ./sysdweb-venv
source ./sysdweb-venv/bin/activate
cd sysdweb
python install

Arch Linux users can install sysdweb from AUR.


First take a look to sysdweb.conf file to configure sysdweb. Is self explanatory.

You can place sysdweb.conf in /etc for system, in user home ~/.config/sysdweb/sysdweb.conf or in same directory where you run sysdweb.

Once you have configured sysdweb, simply run.


By default sysdweb listen in 10080 port to, you can change listen port and address with -p and -l.

sysdweb -p 9080 -l


You can control configured services via REST API, for example, with curl.

The API endpoint is /api/v1/<service>/<action>, always GET and response a json with following format.

  "<action>": "<result>"

The <service> tag is defined in config file and match with section label. For example, in following config, the service would be ngx.

title = Nginx
unit = nginx.service

The posible <actions> are.

  • start
  • stop
  • restart
  • reload
  • reloadorrestart
  • status
  • journal

All actions (except status and journal) return as result OK if can communicate with DBUS or Fail if any error occurs.

For status action, the posible responses are.

  • active (started unit)
  • reloading
  • inactive (stopped unit)
  • failed (stopped unit)
  • activating
  • deactivating
  • not-found (for inexistent unit)

For journal action you can pass the number of lines that you want view from tail of journal file. By default /api/v1/<service>/journal returns 100 lines.

By default /api/v1/<service>/journal returns 100 tail lines of journal file of <service> unit. You can specify the number of lines by this way.


In the example defined above all valid enpoins are.<number>