The "Run Time API commands" descriptions

About RunTimeAPI

The RunTime API allows to change the settings in real-time mode. Using the RunTime API you will have no downtime and no necessity to restart and reload the HAProxy service.

If you disable, for instance, a frontend or a backend servers, the changes will not be saved; moreover, they will be rolled back at the next restart of HAproxy. If you the "Save changes" checkbox, the changes will not be saved in the configuration files so you may have difficulties with debugging or simply be confused.

To avoid these problems Roxy-WI offers you the opportunity to use the interface that works with the HAProxy RunTime API. It allows to edit the runtime configuration and to save changes in the config file without downtime.

Note that if you make changes on the master server, these changes will take effect on the slave server too.

RunTimeAPI commands

Actual commands for HAProxy v2

Parameter: Description:
prompt toggle interactive mode with prompt
quit disconnect
show tls-keys [id|*] show tls keys references or dump tls ticket keys when id specified
set ssl tls-key [id|keyfile] set the next TLS key for the or listener to
show sess [id] report the list of current sessions or dump this session
shutdown session kill a specific session
shutdown sessions server kill sessions on a server
clear counters clear max statistics counters (add 'all' for all counters)
show info report information about the running process
show stat report counters for each proxy and server
show schema json report schema used for stats
disable agent disable agent checks (use 'set server' instead)
disable health disable health checks (use 'set server' instead)
disable server disable a server for maintenance (use 'set server' instead)
enable agent enable agent checks (use 'set server' instead)
enable health enable health checks (use 'set server' instead)
enable server enable a disabled server (use 'set server' instead)
set maxconn server change a frontend's maxconn setting
set server change a server's state weight or address
get weight report a server's current weight
set weight change a server's weight (deprecated)
show resolvers [id] dumps counters from all resolvers section and
associated name servers clear table remove an entry from a table
set table [id] update or create a table entry's data
show table [id] report table usage stats or dump this table's contents
show peers [peers section] dump some information about all the peers or this peers section
disable frontend temporarily disable specific frontend
enable frontend re-enable specific frontend
set maxconn frontend change a frontend's maxconn setting
show servers state [id] dump volatile server information (for backend )
show backend list backends in the current running config
shutdown frontend stop a specific frontend
set dynamic-cookie-key backend change a backend secret key for dynamic cookies
enable dynamic-cookie backend enable dynamic cookies on a specific backend
disable dynamic-cookie backend disable dynamic cookies on a specific backend
show errors report last request and response errors for each proxy
set maxconn global change the per-process maxconn setting
set rate-limit change a rate limiting value
set severity-output [none|number|string] set presence of severity level in feedback information
set timeout change a timeout setting
show env [var] dump environment variables known to the process
show cli sockets dump list of cli sockets
show cli level display the level of the current CLI session
show fd [num] dump list of file descriptors in use
show activity show per-thread activity stats (for support/developers)
operator lower the level of the current CLI session to operator
user lower the level of the current CLI session to user
show startup-logs report logs emitted during HAProxy startup
show cache show cache status
add acl add acl entry
clear acl clear the content of this acl
del acl delete acl entry
get acl report the patterns matching a sample for an ACL
show acl [id] report available acls or dump an acl's contents
add map add map entry
clear map clear the content of this map
del map delete map entry
get map report the keys and values matching a sample for a map
set map modify map entry
show map [id] report available maps or dump a map's contents
show pools report information about the memory pools usage
show profiling show CPU profiling options
set profiling enable/disable CPU profiling
show threads show some threads debugging information

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Change Maxconn

Maxconn global

Dynamically change the global maxconn setting within the range defined by the initial global maxconn setting. If it is increased and connections were pending, they will immediately be accepted. If it is lowered to a value below the current number of connections, new connections acceptation will be delayed until the threshold is reached. A value of zero restores the initial setting.

Maxconn frontend

Dynamically change the specified frontend's maxconn setting. Any positive value including zero is allowed, but setting values larger than the global maxconn does not make much sense. If the limit is increased and connections were pending, they will immediately be accepted. If it is lowered to a value below the current number of connections, new connections acceptation will be delayed until the threshold is reached.

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Change IP and Port

Roxy-WI allows to change IP and Port for backends on-fly without reloading or restarting HAProxy service.

How you may do it:

  • First step: select the server on which you would like to change the settings
  • Second step: select the necessary backend
  • Third step: select a server inside the backend (Roxy-WI shows the running settings, you can change them)
  • Fourth step: press "Enter"

Changes will take effect for the running configuration and will be saved in the configuration file as well. This means that the changes will not be lost if you restart HAProxy service.

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Managing stick-table

HTTP requests are stateless by design. However, this raises some questions regarding how to track user activities, including malicious ones, across requests so that you can collect metrics, block users, and make other decisions based on state. The only way to track user activities between one request and the next is to add a mechanism for storing events and categorizing them by client IP or other key.

Out of the box, HAProxy gives you a fast, in-memory storage called stick tables. Roxy-WI allows to manage it via GUI.

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Managing lists

Block or allow the specified IP addresses on HAProxy load balancer using a simple Access Control List.

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