Image API v2 listing


This call is designed to return a subset of the larger collection of images while providing a link that can be used to retrieve the next. You should always check for the presence of a ‘next’ link and use it as the URI in a subsequent HTTP GET request. You should follow this pattern until there a ‘next’ link is no longer provided. The next link will preserve any query parameters you send in your initial request. The ‘first’ link can be used to jump back to the first page of the collection.

If you prefer to paginate through images manually, the API provides two query parameters: ‘limit’ and ‘marker’. The limit parameter is used to request a specific page size. Expect a response to a limited request to return between zero and limit items. The marker parameter is used to indicate the id of the last-seen image. The typical pattern of limit and marker is to make an initial limited request then to use the id of the last image from the response as the marker parameter in a subsequent limited request.


The list operation accepts several types of query parameters intended to filter the results of the returned collection.

A client can provide direct comparison filters using most image attributes (i.e. name=Ubuntu, visibility=public, etc). A client cannot filter on tags or anything defined as a ‘link’ in the json-schema (i.e. self, file, schema).

The ‘size_min’ and ‘size_max’ query parameters can be used to do greater-than and less-than filtering of images based on their ‘size’ attribute (‘size’ is measured in bytes and refers to the size of an image when stored on disk). For example, sending a size_min filter of 1048576 and size_max of 4194304 would filter the container to include only images that are between one and four megabytes in size.


The results of this operation can be ordered by using classic and new sorting syntaxes. Classic syntax uses multiple ‘sort_key’ and ‘sort_dir’ parameters, and new one accepts a single ‘sort’ string with comma separated sort keys with optional sort direction after ‘:’. Both syntaxes provide an ability to sort output with multiple keys and directions but with some differences.

The classic syntax takes a list of keys and either exactly the same number of directions for each key, or only one that specifies the default value for all keys. The new syntax applies a default direction to all keys where it’s missing.

The API uses the natural sorting of whatever image attribute is provided as the sort key. List of image attributes can be used as the sort key: ‘name’, ‘status’, ‘container_format’, ‘disk_format’, ‘size’, ‘id’, ‘created_at’, ‘updated_at’. The sort dir parameter indicates in which direction to sort. Acceptable values are ‘asc’ (ascending) and ‘desc’ (descending). Default values for sort key and sort direction are ‘created_at’ and ‘desc’.

Examples of sorting:

  1. New syntax with specified direction for keys:


    Sort: by name with asc order, then by status with asc order.

  2. New syntax with missing direction:


    Sort: by name with desc order, then by status with asc order.

  3. New syntax without directions:


    Sort: by name with desc order, then by status with desc order.

  4. Classic syntax with specified default direction:


    Sort: by name with asc order, then by status with asc order.

  5. Classic syntax with missing direction:


    Sort: by name with desc order, then by status with desc order.

  6. Classic syntax with missing key and specified default direction:


    Sort: by created_at with asc order.

  7. Classic syntax with specified direction for keys:


    Sort: by name with desc order, then by status with asc order.

  8. Classic syntax with different number of keys and directions:


    Will be an error.