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Component Search REST API

The Component Search API allows you to find a particular component, as well as get information back about that component. This API searches the application scan reports in Lifecycle for the components specified in the search query.

Using GET requests it allows you to retrieve component information such as application ID, application name, report HTML URL, component hash, component coordinates, the highest threat level of the policy violations (for the found component), and dependency information.

Below, we’ve provided an example of the GET request. We’ve done this using the HTTP client cURL. Of course, you could use any HTTP client tool. Additionally, to help demonstrate use of the API, we’ve broken out the various pieces for this request and provided an example of data that is retrieved.


Compared to the other APIs, Component Search is fairly simple. However, you should have some basic information about the component coordinates, as well as the stage (e.g. Build) where the component was analyzed.

Searching for Components

First, make sure your IQ Server is started. Also, as we mentioned, you will need to have evaluated at least one application. With those two things completed, let’s take a look at the GET API.

GET /api/v2/search/component

Now, in addition to this, you will need to add two parameters - the stage, and then add your search parameters.


Typically the stage represents the development lifecycle of your product. There are four stages that are currently supported.

These include:

  • build

  • stage-release

  • release

  • operate

Entering any of these for the stage ID will pull from that specific stage’s evaluation data.

Next up, you need to set the component search parameters using any combination of these options:

Search Parameters

The search parameters can either represent a direct hash of a component, a componentIdentifier object or a packageUrl string.

  • hash - the component hash (e.g. hash=1234567890).

  • componentIdentifier - this is an object that contains the the coordinates of the component and its format.

  • format - this is the format of the component (e.g. "maven" or "a-name" or "python").

  • coordinates - this object contains the name/value pairs for identifying coordinates (e.g. artifactId, groupId, version, extension, and classifier).

  • packageUrl - this is an alternative representation (purl-spec) of the same componentIdentifier above.


If you are working with a command line utility like curl, remember to URL encode the componentIdentifier and the packageUrl payload.

Maven example

Now, let’s look at an example. Consider a case where we wanted to find all components within the group ID "tomcat", for any applications evaluated during the Build stage. Using the information above, as well as cURL and an encoded URL, here is what we would have…

curl -u admin:admin123 -X GET "http://localhost:8070/api/v2/search/component?stageId=build&componentIdentifier=%7B%22format%22%3A%22maven%22%2C%22coordinates%22%3A%7B%22groupId%22%3A%22tomcat%22%2C%22artifactId%22%3A%22*%22%2C%22version%22%3A%22*%22%2C%22extension%22%3A%22*%22%2C%22classifier%22%3A%22*%22%7D%7D"

Of course the above is an encoded URL, so just for a bit of help, here is what a non-encoded URL would look like. This should help you identify the JSON in the example above.


Package URL example

Let's look at the same example with the packageUrl parameter instead of the componentIdentifier payload.

The package URL format for the above coordinates is.


And the cURL command with its URL encoded equivalent form would be.

curl -u admin:admin123 -X GET "http://localhost:8070/api/v2/search/component?stageId=build&packageUrl=pkg%3Amaven%2Ftomcat%2F*%40*%3Ftype%3D*%26classifier%3D*

JavaScript example

We call the coordinate system for JavaScript "a-name", which is short for authoritative name. If we want to search for any applications that contain the JavaScript package vizion, version 0.1.0 we would use the following componentIdentifier object


Python example

If we want to search for a python pypi package pyOpenSSL in the version 17.0.0 we would use the below componentIdentifier



Included in our cURL example is the default IQ Server location (localhost:8070) as well as the default username and password for the admin account. Your account credentials may vary, but are necessary in order for the request to be processed. The results provided will be filtered based on the permissions of the credentials you use. For example, if you are not included in at least the developer role for an application, no results will be returned for that application. Given this, some results may be obscured.

Given that they are alternate representations of the same, we process either the componentIdentifier or the packageUrl but not both in a single search. Package URL is given a higher precedence when compared with the componentIdentifier which means if you supply both parameters we will only process packageUrl during the search.


The response from the API is a JSON object. Assuming we ran the maven query searching for tomcat components, the JSON response will list all applications containing the tomcat component.

An example output:

  "criteria": {
    "stageId": "build",
    "hash": null,
    "packageUrl": null,
    "componentIdentifier": {
      "format": "maven",
      "coordinates": {
        "groupId": "tomcat",
        "artifactId": "*",
        "version": "*",
        "extension": "*",
        "classifier": "*"
  "results": [
      "applicationId": "MyApp-1234",
      "applicationName": "My Application 2",
      "reportHtmlUrl": "ui/links/application/MyApp-1234/report/c81991938f304f30bc139ea13cf93cd5",
      "reportUrl": "http://localhost:8070/ui/links/application/MyApp-1234/report/c81991938f304f30bc139ea13cf93cd5",
      "hash": "1249e25aebb15358bedd",
          "packageUrl" : "pkg:maven/tomcat-util/tomcat@5.5.23?type=jar",
      "componentIdentifier": {
        "format": "maven",
        "coordinates": {
          "artifactId": "tomcat-util",
          "classifier": "",
          "extension": "jar",
          "groupId": "tomcat",
          "version": "5.5.23"
      "dependencyData" : {
          "directDependency": false, 
          "innerSource" : false, 
                          "ownerApplicationName": "My Application 2",
                          "ownerApplicationId": "MyApp-1234",
                          "innerSourceComponentPurl": "pkg:maven/org.example/ACME-data@1.0-SNAPSHOT?type=jar"


The data above was formatted to make it a bit more readable.


The returned component hash is truncated and is meant to be used as an identifier that can be passed into subsequent REST API calls. It is not intended to be used as a checksum.

Using Wildcards

Of course, you may come across instances where you want to produce more results with less specific component details. If this is the case, the Component Search API does support the use of wildcards when searching using the GAVEC (coordinates).

If you are familiar with the coordinates policy condition, it follows the exact same logic. You can read more on the Coordinates condition in Policy Management.