Objects API

API Objective: Import/export objects (stored data and configurations) between Fusion instances.

The Objects API lets you migrate objects between Fusion instances by exporting and importing. Fusion objects include all your searchable data, plus pipelines, aggregations, and other configurations on which your collections depend.

As an alternative in some cases, you can use the Fusion UI to migrate objects.

For both the API and UI, migrating objects is intended for use within a specific Fusion version. A migrator tool is available for migrating objects from one Fusion version to a different one.

You can select all objects, or limit the operation to specific object types or IDs. In addition to export/import endpoints, a validation endpoint is provided for troubleshooting.

By default, system-created collections are not exported. See below for details.

Object export and import

Collections and encrypted values are treated specially; details are provided below. During import, conflicts are resolved according to the specified import policy.

For objects other than collections, no implicit filtering is performed; all objects are included by default. However, on export you can filter by type and ID.

Supported objects

Fusion lets you export and import the object types below. To filter by type, use the values below with the type query string parameter; see the examples below.

Object type Value Output



The deep parameter is not needed for this object type. In the case of apps, all linked objects are included by default.

.zip file

Appkit apps


.zip file

collections (with their dependent objects)

See below for collection-specific details.


.zip file

index pipelines


.zip file

index profiles


.zip file

query pipelines


.zip file

query profiles


.zip file

search cluster configurations


.zip file


task, job, or spark

.zip file



.zip file

parsing configurations


.zip file

object group


.zip file



.zip file



.zip file

Exporting and importing collections

Collections are processed with these dependent objects:

  • features

  • index profiles

  • query profiles

Datasources, parser configurations, and pipeline configurations are not included when collections are exported or imported. These must be exported and imported explicitly.

Only user-created collections are included by default. Certain types of collections are excluded:

  • the "default" collection

  • collections whose type is not DATA

  • collections whose names start with "system_"

  • "Secondary" collections, that is, collections created by features

    Instead, create the same features on the target system; this automatically creates the corresponding secondary collections.

You can override these exclusions by specifying a collection, like this:

curl -u user:pass http://fusion-host:6764/api/objects/export?collection.ids=default > collection.zip

Encrypted passwords

Some objects, such as datasources and query pipelines, include encrypted passwords for accessing secure data.

  • On export, these encrypted values are replaced with one of the following:

    • secret.dataSources.datasourceID.password

    • secret.queryPipelines.pipelineID.stages.active-directory-security-trimming.stageID.bindPassword

  • On import, the original, plaintext passwords must be provided in a separate JSON map as multipart form data:

    Passwords can also be uploaded via the UI. Variables that do not start with secret. are ignored.

Import policies

On import, the importPolicy parameter is required. It specifies what to do if any object in the import list already exists on the target system:


If there are conflicts, then import nothing.


If there are conflicts, then skip the conflicting objects.


If there are conflicts, then overwrite or delete/create the conflicting objects on the target system.

Filtering on export

On export, there are two ways to specify the objects to include:

  • by type

    To export only specific types of objects, you can specify one or more object types using the type query string parameter. See Supported objects for a list of valid values.

  • by type and ID

    The type.ids parameter lets you list the IDs to match for the specified object type.

The type and type.ids parameters can be combined as needed.

Exporting linked objects

Related Fusion objects are linked. You can view linked objects using the Links API or the Object Explorer.

When exporting a specific Fusion object, you can also export its linked objects without specifying each one individually. To export all objects linked to the specified object, include the deep="true" query parameter in your request. See the example below.


Objects are validated before import. If any objects fail validation, the whole import request is rejected. A separate endpoint is available for validating objects without importing them.

Validation includes checking whether an object already exists on the target system and whether the user is authorized to create or modify the object.

For collection objects, the following special validation is performed:

  • We check the searchClusterId of each collection and verify that a cluster with this ID exists on the target system or in the import file (error).

  • We check that features, index profiles, and query profiles belong only to the collections specified in the import file (error).

  • We check that a feature exists on the target system for each feature in the import file (error).

  • We check for index profiles or query profiles that do not exist on the target system or in the import file (warning).

Status messages

Validation completed with no errors

The validation method was called and no errors found, though there may be warnings.

Validation found errors

The validation was called and errors found. Validation does not stop on the first error, so the complete list of errors is reported.

Validation was not completed because of system error

The validation was interrupted by system error.

Import was not performed because validation errors exist

The import method was called, but import didn’t start because of validation errors.

Import was not performed because of input data error

The import method was called, but import didn’t start, because Fusion could not find a substitution for one of the secret values in objects in import.

Import was not completed because of system error

The validation found no errors and import started, but it was interrupted by system error.

Import was completed

Validation found no errors and import finished successfully.


Export all objects
curl -u user:pass http://fusion-host:6764/api/objects/export > all-objects.zip
Export all datasources
curl -u user:pass http://fusion-host:6764/api/objects/export?type=datasource > datasources.zip
Export a specific datasource and all its linked objects
curl -u user:pass http://fusion-host:6764/api/objects/export?datasource.ids=movies_csv-movies > movies.zip
Export all apps
curl -u user:pass http://fusion-host:6764/api/objects/export?type=app > all-apps.zip
Get all app IDs, then export one app by ID
> curl -u user:pass http://fusion-host:6764/api/apps

[ {
  "id" : "movies",
  "name" : "Movies",
  "description" : "Search the movielens database.",
  "dataUri" : "/App-Tile-01-460x160.png",
  "properties" : {
    "headerImageName" : "headerImage1",
    "tileColor" : "apps-darkblue",
    "previousCollectionId" : "movies"
}, {
  "id" : "tech-pubs",
  "name" : "TechPubs",
  "description" : "Search the documentation.",
  "dataUri" : "/App-Tile-02-460x160.png",
  "properties" : {
    "headerImageName" : "headerImage2",
    "tileColor" : "apps-darkblue",
    "previousCollectionId" : "tech-pubs"
} ]

> curl -u user:pass http://fusion-host:6764/api/objects/export?app.ids=tech-pubs > techpubs.zip
When you export an app that includes objects that are shared with other apps, then all apps linked to that object are also exported.
Export two apps by ID
curl -u user:pass http://fusion-host:6764/api/objects/export?app.ids=tech-pubs,movies > two-apps.zip
Export all datasources and pipelines, plus two specific parsing configurations
curl -u user:pass 'http://fusion-host:6764/api/objects/export?type=datasource,index-pipeline,query-pipeline&parser.ids=movies,tech-pubs' > export.zip
Import objects from a file and stop if there are conflicts
curl -u user:pass -H "Content-Type:multipart/form-data" -X POST -F 'importData=@/Users/admin/Fusion/export.zip' http://fusion-host:6764/api/objects/import?importPolicy=abort
Import objects, substitute the password variables, and merge any conflicts
curl -u user:pass -H "Content-Type:multipart/form-data" -X POST -F 'importData=@/Users/admin/Fusion/export.zip' -F 'variableValues=@password_file.json' http://fusion-host:6764/api/objects/import?importPolicy=merge
password_file.json must contain plaintext passwords.
Import a zip file of Fusion objects and merge any conflicts
curl -u user:pass -H "Content-Type:multipart/form-data" -X POST -F 'importData=@/Users/admin/Fusion/techpubs.zip' http://fusion-host:6764/api/objects/import?importPolicy=merge
Import objects into the context of an app
curl -v -H 'Content-Type:multipart/form-data' -X POST -F 'importData=@app_part.zip' 'http://fusion-host:8765/api/v1/objects/import?importPolicy=overwrite&context=MyApp'