Internal API Call

Internal API Call allows users to invoke an internal call based on the settings defined.

Example of use:

Imagine that, for a given API called "SearchSalesInformation", you need the request to undergo a simple login/password authentication. In this scenario, you already have an API for this sort of authentication, called "AuthenticateUser" which should be registered.

Since you already have an exposed API ("SearchSalesInformation"), as well as an API that performs authentication control ("AuthenticateUser"), there is no need to replicate the authentication logic into the flow of the first API. Instead, you can add the API Internal Call interceptor in the flow of the API "SearchSalesInformation", redirecting the requests to "AuthenticateUser". Based on what the authentication process returns, the interceptor will decide whether to continue or abort the process.

Configuring the interceptor

To configure this interceptor, simply drag it into the request flow and fill in the fields with the desired information, as shown in the image below.

This interceptor cannot be used in the response flow, only in the request flow.
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  • Variable Name: defines the name of the Internal API Call, unique per flow. The call response is retrieved from the map $call.contextVariables using the name informed here. A custom interceptor is required for this, as shown below.

  • API: API to be invoked.

  • Revision: revision of the API to be invoked.

  • Resource: resource to be invoked.

  • Operation: operation to be performed.

You can only invoke an API that is deployed to the same environment as the API to whose flow you are adding the interceptor.

Going back to the APIs in the example of use above, to call the API "AuthenticateUser", it must be deployed to the same environment as the API "SearchSalesInformation", which is the one that contains the Internal API Call interceptor.

If you wish to invoke an API that is not deployed to the same environment, you must first deploy it. Remember that you can deploy an API to multiple environments. You can read more about deploying APIs here.

  • Preserve Query String: if checked, the query string present in the request will be transferred to the API invoked internally.

  • Query: allows the insertion of a query string.

  • Preserve Path Param: if checked, the path param present in the request will be transferred to the API invoked internally.

  • Path Param: allows the insertion of a path param.

  • Preserve Body: if checked, the body contained in the request will be transferred to the API invoked internally. This field is enabled when the method is different from GET.

  • Body: allows the insertion of a body. The field is enabled when the method is different from GET and the field Preserve Body is unchecked.

  • Preserve Headers: if checked, the headers present in the request will be transferred to the API invoked internally.

  • Headers: allows the insertion of headers.

The Transfer-Encoding header is removed when the request travels through the gateway, both in response and in request. For more information on removing headers, click here.

How it works

To show how Internal API Call works, let’s consider the following case:

An organization, the LSA (Lost Souls' Alliance), will develop a central API, LSA Communication, which will be able to send, via POST, the same message (or command) to people inside and outside the organization. This API will be registered under the domain

The message, sent as a JSON in the body of the call, will be:

  "message": "Join or Die! Viva la revolución!",
  "author": "Salvador Limones"

In the case of internal communication, there is already an exposed API that sends the message through the internal system (radio-messages) and aggregates the responses: the LSA Internal Communication. To take advantage of this API, already deployed in the same environment as LSA Communication, we use an Internal API Call.

The following images show, respectively, the sequence of interceptors in the API flow and the configurations used in the Internal API Call:

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LSA Internal Communication returns, with status code 200, the following body[1]:

  "messages": [
      "message": "I've already joined, Sal, a year ago. Is this just a test message?",
      "author": "Eva"

After the call, the interceptor will return an object of type ApiResponse that will be stored in the call’s context variables. To retrieve the response, you need to create a custom interceptor that accesses $call.contextVariables.get(“Variable Name”).

Below is the code for the custom JavaScript interceptor that will be used to capture the response and include the body and status in the final response:

// Capture the response from Internal API Call
var respRadio = $call.contextVariables.get('radioMessages');

// Create an ApiResponse Object for this call
$call.response = new com.sensedia.interceptor.externaljar.dto.ApiResponse();
$call.response.addHeader('Content-Type', 'application/json');

// JSON template for returned messages
var respBody = JSON.parse('{"radio": {"status": 0, "body": {}}}');

// The status returned is an Object, not a Number
var statusRadio = respRadio.getStatus();

// The intValue method is called to get a Number object = statusRadio.intValue();

// A body is inserted only if a 200 status is returned
if (statusRadio == 200){ = JSON.parse(respRadio.getBody().getString("UTF-8"));

// Set the modified body into the ApiResponse
$call.response.getBody().setString(JSON.stringify(respBody), "UTF-8");

// Set return status as 200

Finally, the body of the response of the POST call to the internal-messages resource of LSA Communication will be:

  "radio": {
    "status": 200,
    "body": {
      "messages": [
          "message": "I've already joined, Sal, a year ago. Is this just a test message?",
          "author": "Eva"

1. There is only one message in the list because there are no other agents right now, but someday…​
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