API Overview

The Acunetix 360 API lets client applications view and manipulate scan tasks, view issues, create scan agents, and much more. This article explains how to access your API credentials, including your User ID and API Token, and how to reset the API Token. It also provides a quick start guide to help you build and make an API call, along with information about rate limits, status codes, and errors.

TIP: To understand how the APIs work, it is highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the Acunetix 360 workflow for scanning web applications. For more  information, refer to Web Application Security Scanning Flow. 


Accessing the API documentation

The API documentation is built with the OpenAPI (formerly Swagger) specification. To view all endpoints and parameters, refer to Acunetix 360 API Documentation.

Base URL

The base URL is https://online.acunetix360.com/api/1.0

The path and query parameters depend on the endpoint of your request. For example, the scan list is reachable with the following API call https://online.acunetix360.com/api/1.0/scans/list.


When you make any calls to the API, you need to provide your User ID and API Token. You can find your user ID and authentication token in your user profile. Authentication to the API occurs via HTTP Basic Access Authentication.

The following is an example using the authentication token through cURL:

curl -u "USERID:API-TOKEN" https://online.acunetix360.com/api/1.0/scans/list 

How to access Your API credentials

  1. Log in to Acunetix 360.
  2. Select [Your Name] (top right of the window) > API Settings.

  1. Enter your Current Password.

NOTE: If you are using Single Sign-On, Acunetix 360 displays the API Settings page without asking for your password.

If Single-Sign-On is enabled but you are still prompted to enter a password on the API Settings page then you need to adjust your Single Sign-On Settings.

  • Go to Settings > Single Sign-On.
  • Select the Enforce to authenticate only with single sign-on checkbox.  

  1. Click Submit to view your User ID and Token.

How to reset the API token

  1. Log in to Acunetix 360.
  2. Select [Your Name] (top right of the window) > API Settings.
  3. Enter your Current Password, then click Submit.
  4. Click Reset API Token.

  1. Select Reset API Token to confirm.

Quick Start Guide

For this quick start guide, we make an API call to /api/1.0/account/me to get details about the user.

Before you can start using the API, you need the following:

  • An Acunetix 360 account.
  • Your User ID and Token.
  • Ensure you have curl installed on your machine.

How to get your information via an API call

Build your API call

Your API call must have the following components:

  • The base URL: https://online.acunetix360.com/api/1.0
  • An Authentication: User ID and Token.
  • A request.

Make the API call

curl -u "User ID:Token" https://online.acunetix360.com/api/1.0/account/me

  1. Copy the curl example above.
  2. Open your favorite text editor.
  3. Paste the curl example into the text editor.
  4. Get your User ID and Token. For further information, refer to Authentication.
  5. In the curl example, replace the User ID and Token with your credentials.
  6. Copy the API call that has your authentication information.
  7. Open a command prompt window.
  8. Into the command prompt, paste the API call.
  9. Press Enter.


Acunetix 360 supports the following methods in API calls:

  • GET  This method is for retrieving information.
  • POST  This method is for creating new resources, updating the status, or deleting.

Rate limits

There is a throttling limit for API endpoints. All endpoints share the same rate limit, except for the allissues endpoint.

The following table shows the rate limits:

Throttle Limits

Minute Limit

Hourly Limit

Daily Limit

All endpoints








Tips and troubleshooting

Acunetix 360 does not support partial API calls. To update any object, for example, a scan profile object, do the following:

  1. Make a GET request for the scan profile you want to update.
  2. Update parameters.
  3. Make a POST request to update the scan profile with new parameters.

Status codes and errors









The request succeeded and a new resource was created.



The server could not understand the request because of the invalid syntax.



Access is denied.



The client does not have access rights to the content. It is unauthorized.



The server cannot find the requested resource.


Too Many Requests

The user has sent too many requests in a given amount of time ("rate limiting").


Internal Server Error

The server has encountered a situation it does not know how to handle.

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