Session Relevance

This REST API allows you, as BigFix Operator, to evaluate the session relevance using the BigFix Explorer, a BigFix Platform component introduced in 11.0.2. The BigFix Operator will send a JSON to the REST API "/api/relevance" of the BigFix Explorer to evaluate the Session Relevance. The BigFix Operator can also specify, in the same JSON, the keys to be used to populate the result of the Session Relevance evaluation. This API only supports JSON format. XML format is not supported. If you need to use the XML format, you can use the Server API named query.

POST /api/relevance

This API evaluates a Session Relevance expression and returns the result. When this method is invoked, BigFix Explorer evaluates the session relevance in the context of the user authenticated for the request, so the output depends on the visibility granted to the user.

Request: Contains in its body a JSON text with the Session Relevance query.

The request can contain the following fields:

  • relevance, a string representing the Session Relevance to be evaluated.
  • keys, an optional string that can be used to rename and restructure the fields of the answer/answers to the query that is/are returned in the response.

The syntax used in the keys field is a subset of GraphQL, a query language for APIs. The name of a key can contain only letters, numbers and underscores. A space separates the name of a key from the name of the following one. If you want one or more keys to be children of another, write the name of the parent key, then write a {, then the name of the child keys, and finally write a }.

Response: The result of the session relevance query. The response format is JSON.

The response contains the following fields:

  • result, represents the result of the submitted session relevance.
  • count, is an integer representing the number of tuples in the returned list.
  • plural, indicates the plurality of the returned expression. It can be true or false.
  • type, is a string that represents each object type contained in the expression.
  • evaltime_ms, represents the evalutation time, specified in milliseconds, spent to process the request.

The following example shows how submit a Session Relevance query with a specification on how to structure the results in the JSON text that will be returned. We want to ask the id, name, agent version and agent type of the computers that are part of our BigFix deployment. The relevance field of the example shows the query to do that. The query result will contain multiple answers, one for each computer. Each answer will have 4 fields, one for each property of the corresponding computer. We want to assign custom names to the fields of the returned answers. We also want the last two columns, which represent the BigFix agent version and type, to be nested under a key named "agent". The keys field of the example shows the syntax to state that.

First, prepare the JSON that will be passed to the REST API:

    "relevance": "(id of it, name of it, (agent version of it, agent type of it)) of bes computers",
    "keys": "{id computer_name agent {version type}}"

Save the JSON to a file named, for example, query.json.

Then, from the terminal, run following command:

curl -X POST --data-binary @query.json --user {username}:{password} https://bf-explorer:9383/api/relevance

If the operation ran successfully, the REST API will return a response like this:

    "result": [
            "id": 12261993,
            "computer_name": "a-wonderful-computer-name",
            "agent": {
                "version": "",
                "type": "Native"
            "id": 122623213,
            "computer_name": "another-wonderful-computer-name",
            "agent": {
                "version": "",
                "type": "Native"
    "count": 5,
    "plural": true,
    "type": "( integer, string, ( string, string ) )",
    "evaltime_ms": 5.519

The following is an example of request using the cURL command directly:

curl -X POST -u BFAdmin:BFPass01 --data '{"relevance": "(id of it, name of it, (agent version of it, agent type of it)) of bes computers", "keys": "{id computer_name agent {version type}}"}' https://bf-explorer:9383/api/relevance