Publish an API to API Gateway

Publishing an API from Live API Creator (LAC) to API Gateway creates the API Gateway-managed service for that API.

An API is published to API Gateway using one of the following methods:

  • The LAC administrator uses the LAC admin command line interface (CLI).
  • The LAC developer uses the API Creator interface.
  • The API Gateway administrator uses a cURL command in a command line.

API Server uses the LAC Publish Service service that was created when you installed the solution kit. When you publish an API from API Server, API Server uses this service to create a new API Gateway-managed service. This service represents the published API project. API Server adds this new service to the LiveAPICreator/LAC Projects folder in API Gateway.

Complete the following for every API project you want to publish to API Gateway.

Verify Prerequisites

Ensure that you have completed the following prerequisites:

Publish your API Project

You can publish your API project using the following methods:
  • Using the admin CLI.
  • Using the API Creator interface.
  • Using a cURL command.

Publish using Admin CLI

  1. Log in to the API Server as an administrator using the admin CLI by issuing the following command:
    lacadmin login -u <admin user name> -p <password> <URL for the API Server (Jetty or Tomcat)> -a <alias for the API Server>
    For example:
    acadmin login -u admin -p Password1 http://localhost:8080 -a MyAPIServer
  2. List and use the API project to publish by issuing the following commands:
    lacadmin project list
    lacadmin project use --url_name <API project url name>
  3. Publish the API project's Swagger doc to your API Gateway:
    lacadmin gateway publish --username <API Gateway admin user name> --password <API Gateway admin password> --hostname <protocol>://<API Gateway host name>:<API Gateway port>/lacman/1.0/publish --url_name <urlfragment> --apiversion <version>
    For example:
    lacadmin gateway publish --username admin --password Password1 --hostname https://gateway1:8443/lacman/1.0/publish --url_name demo --apiversion v1
  4. Confirm that your API project has successfully published with API Gateway response 'OK'.

The API Gateway-managed service is created.

Publish using Live API Creator

You can publish the API Project's Swagger 2.0 documentation to the configured Gateway using LAC.

  1. Log in to Live API Creator. If the Welcome screen opens, close it.
  2. On the Home screen, click CA API Gateway.
  3. Complete the following fields and then click Publish:

Gateway Name

Name this API Gateway connection.


Select your API from the drop-down.


Enter <protocol>://<API Gateway host name>:<API Gateway port>/lacman/1.0/publish.

Example: https://gateway1:8443/lacman/1.0/publish.

API Version

Select your API version or accept the default.


Enter the Gateway Admin user name.

Example: admin


Enter the Gateway admin password.

Example: Password1.

A record of this API Gateway connection is added to the list of Gateways in LAC, the API project is published to API Gateway, and the API Gateway-managed service is created. In Policy Manager, the API project is created under the LiveAPICreator/LAC Projects folder.

Publish using a cURL Command

  1. Issue the following command:
    curl -kis -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X PUT -d @<your downloaded file> -u <API Gateway admin user name>:<API Gateway admin user password> <protocol>://<API Gateway host name>:<API Gateway port>/lacman/1.0/publish

    For example:
    curl -kis -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X PUT -d @demo.json -u admin:7layer https://gateway1:8443/lacman/1.0/publish
  2. Confirm that your API project is successfully published with status code 200.
The API Gateway-managed service is created.

Confirm that the API Gateway-Managed Service is Created

  1. In the Policy Manager, click Refresh.
  2. Expand the LiveAPICreator/LAC Projects folder and confirm that the API Gateway-managed service is created. The name of the service is the name of the API project.

Next Steps

Now that you have published the API project to API Gateway, configure the published API project. For more information, see Configure Published API Projects in API Gateway.