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Trigger Manual Configuration Backup

Configuration Backup is a separate process from that of Discovery. It can be configured on a schedule or triggered by syslog in the IP Fabric GUI, but it can also be triggered using an API call.

Some example situations to use an API call:

  • A new device was added to the network, but you don’t want to wait until the next regular configuration backup collection.
  • Syslog messages may not be parsed for all vendors.
  • You want to perform a backup as part of automation after a configuration change on a device.

Python ipfabric SDK

python-ipfabric is the easiest and simplest method to trigger a backup using the API. This was added to the SDK in version 6.0.0.

from ipfabric import IPFClient

ipf = IPFClient(base_url='<FQDN>', auth='<TOKEN>', verify=True)

# Trigger based on an IP address
status_code = ipf.trigger_backup(ip='<IP_OF_DEVICE_TO_BACKUP>')

# Trigger based on an IP Fabric Unique Serial Number
status_code = ipf.trigger_backup(sn='<IPF_UNIQUE_SERIAL_NUMBER>')

# Trigger directly on a device object
dev = ipf.devices.all[0]
status_code = dev.trigger_backup()

Python3 requests Module

The Python3 requests module is a simple, yet elegant, HTTP library. To trigger a single configuration backup, you need to set these parameters:

  • request resource https://{hostname}/api/{api_version}/discovery/trigger-config-backup
  • request type POST
  • request body:
    • IP address: {"ip": "<IP_OF_DEVICE_TO_BACKUP>"}
    • serial number: {"sn": "<IPF_UNIQUE_SERIAL_NUMBER>"}
from urllib.parse import urljoin

import requests

# Set the FQDN and an API token of your IP Fabric installation
FQDN = "https://<FQDN>/"

# Set an IP address or IP Fabric Unique Serial Number (`sn`)
IP = None  # ""
SN = None  # "a24ff71"

api_version = requests.get(urljoin(FQDN, '/api/version')).json()['apiVersion']
url = urljoin(FQDN, f'/api/{api_version}/discovery/trigger-config-backup')

headers = {"Content-Type": "application/json", "X-API-Token": TOKEN}

if IP:
    response =, headers=headers, json={"ip": IP})
if SN:
    response =, headers=headers, json={"sn": SN})

curl From Linux Shell

To trigger a backup based on an IP address:

curl --location --request POST 'https://<FQDN>/api/<API_VERSION>/discovery/trigger-config-backup' \
--header 'Content-Type: application/json' \
--header 'X-API-Token: <YOUR_API_TOKEN>' \
--data-raw '{"ip": "<IP_OF_DEVICE_TO_BACKUP>"}'

To trigger a backup based on an IP Fabric Unique Serial Number (sn):

curl --location --request POST 'https://<FQDN>/api/<API_VERSION>/discovery/trigger-config-backup' \
--header 'Content-Type: application/json' \
--header 'X-API-Token: <YOUR_API_TOKEN>' \
--data-raw '{"sn": "<IPF_UNIQUE_SERIAL_NUMBER>"}'


You can also execute this curl command locally on the IP Fabric VM. Just replace the FQDN with localhost.


If you are using a self-signed certificate, use -k or --insecure. This is required if running the command locally on the IP Fabric VM with localhost.