API Extensions

This topic document serves to provide guidance on the topic of API extensions.

See also the topic documents on API Discoverability and Ensuring API Interoperability.


API extensions are sometimes used to add custom functionality to single deployments of OpenStack. They are not recommended, because when they are used, they break interoperability between that cloud and other OpenStack deployments.

If a deployment requires custom behaviors over an HTTP API it should be implemented in a service separate from the existing OpenStack services.

Those projects that support different functionality based on the presence of drivers should strive to contain those differences to the values (not keys) in representation objects. Having different URLs in a service, based on different drivers, breaks interoperability. Where such functionality is absolutely required then it is critical that the functionality be discoverable via a capabilities API.


At this time the standards and best practices for capabilities discovery are undefined.

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