PingAccess APIs are REST APIs that provide complete administrative capabilities of the product. They can be called from custom applications or from command line tools, such as cURL.

These endpoints are only available on the admin.port defined in the /pa-admin-api/v3/api-docs/<PA_HOME>/conf/ file. For example, https://<PA_HOME>:<PORT>/pa-admin-api/v3/api-docs/.


If you selected the Use context root as reserved resource base path check box in your PingAccess application, this feature creates an instance of any reserved PingAccess resources under the application’s context root. As such, the context root of the application needs to prepend the reserved context application root (/pa by default) in any file paths that reference it. If the context root of your application is myApp, the file path would start with /myApp/pa.


For enhanced API security, you must include X-XSRF-Header: PingAccess in all requests and use the application/json content type for PUT and POST requests.

Admin API documentation Swagger-UI specifications

The Swagger-UI component that displays the PingAccess admin API documentation uses OpenAPI specification (OAS) 2.0.


The specification that the PingAccess admin API docs used previously, Swagger 1.2, has been deprecated. The Swagger 1.2 specification is still available at https://<PA_HOME>:<PORT>/pa-admin-api/v3/api-docs/pa/api-docs.json but might be removed from future versions of PingAccess.

You can find the PingAccess admin API’s OAS 2.0 specifications at either of the following:

  • https://<PA_HOME>:<PORT>/pa-admin-api/v3/api-docs/pa/api-docs-v2.json
  • https://<PA_HOME>:<PORT>/pa-admin-api/v3/api-docs/pa/api-docs-v2.yaml

Access to these specifications simplifies the process of integrating the PingAccess admin API with modern API clients, such as Postman.