Filters

Filter objects can be added to a number of endpoints in the OpenProject APIv3. With them, you can create powerful queries to endpoints to return the data that you want.

They all share the following basic properties:

  • They consist of three items: A property to filter or a specific filter name, one or more values, and a filter operator that defines what query to produce with the given values

  • You can combine any number of distinct filters can be added to the endpoint definitions in this API documentation

  • A combination of filter objects are treated as an AND filter. OR filters are not yet possible in a single query, but this feature is tracked in https://community.openproject.com/wp/26837

Filter syntax

The filter syntax is a JSON object that can be passed as a GET parameter to the endpoints as an URL-encoded JSON string looks like the following:

[
  { "<filter name>": { "operator": "<operator>", "values": [<value>, ...] },
  ...
]

Example

Filtering the work packages API endpoint for a work package that matches the subject or ID “12” and has a status with the ID=5.

[
  { "subjectOrId": { "operator": "**", values: ["12"] } },
  { "status": { "operator": "=", values: ["5"] } }
]

With the above JSON stringified and URL-encoded, this can be added to the /api/v3/work_packages endpoint using the filter parameter to form the URL:

https://community.openproject.com/api/v3/work_packages?filters=%5B%7B%22subjectOrId%22:%7B%22operator%22:%22**%22,%22values%22:%5B%2212%22%5D%7D%7D,%7B%22status%22:%7B%22operator%22:%22=%22,%22values%22:%5B%225%22%5D%7D%7D%5D

Compression

As the above can become quite long, especially if a lot of filter values are included, the API offers to wrap all query props into a zlib compressed and base64 encoded property (eprops). The property will then not only include the filter but the complete query props set (e.g. pageSize, offset and columns. So eprops is then a JSON object that is compressed and encoded.

Example

Instead of the request

https://community.openproject.com/api/v3/work_packages?filters=[%7B%22subjectOrId%22:%7B%22operator%22:%22**%22,%22values%22:[%2212%22]%7D%7D,%7B%22status%22:%7B%22operator%22:%22=%22,%22values%22:[%225%22]%7D%7D]&pageSize=10&sortBy=[[%22id%22,%20%22asc%22]]

Which in a non URL encoded style would be

https://community.openproject.com/api/v3/work_packages?filters=[{"subjectOrId":{"operator":"**","values":["12"]}},{"status":{"operator":"=","values":["5"]}}]&pageSize=10&sortBy=[["id", "asc"]]

All of the props can be put inside a json object

{
  "filters": "[{\"subjectOrId\":{\"operator\":\"**\",\"values\":[\"12\"]}},{\"status\":{\"operator\":\"=\",\"values\":[\"5\"]}}]",
  "sortBy": "[[\"id\",\"asc\"]]",
  "pageSize": 10
}

Please note, that all objects that have to be json (e.g filters) will be double encoded.

That json object can then be compressed and encoded and the result sent over as the combined eprops parameter:

https://community.openproject.com/api/v3/work_packages?eprops=eJxtjTELwjAUhP%2FLjSWDFVwCLt2cHBz7OsT2VSKFlLwXQUv%2Bu0lXHe%2B7%2B7gN%0As1%2BUo8Ci3wiS7k8e9RovE8EWEFaOTkMsidA0BEN4uSWxFNIT2iNhyNlUV50m%0A%2BaOdf6zTLg0wkBC1e9f3gv20L52Mpa%2Ft6h588x%2BGbQ%2F5C12YN%2BM%3D%0A

Available filters

The availaibility of filters depend on the endpoint you’re querying and will be listed in each endpoint definition. For work packages, you can also start using filters in the work packages module to build your query and then simply copy the URL from your browser to get the resulting filter values and their operators.

Available operators

The following table is a list of all available operators. Not all endpoints and parameters support all values, but this list serves as a lookup table for identifying and using the operators. When building a filter object, you use the symbol listed below.

Symbol Description of filtered properties Values array contains
= are equal to one of the given value(s) At least one typed value
! are not equal one of the given value(s) At least one typed value
>= are greater or equal than the given value One numerical value
<= are lesser or equal than the given value One numerical value
t- are the given number of days in the past 1 integer (days)
t+ are the given number of days in the future 1 integer (days)
<t+ are less than the given number of days in the future 1 integer (days)
>t+ are more than the given number of days in the futre 1 integer (days)
>t- are less than the given number of days in the past 1 integer (days)
<t- are more than the given number of days in the past 1 integer (days)
* are not NULL nothing, values is empty
!* are NULL nothing, values is empty
** searches the given string in all string-based attributes One string value
=d are on the given date 1 ISO8601 date/datetime
<>d are between the two given dates. 2 ISO8601 date/datetimes
w are in this week nothing, values is empty
t are today nothing, values is empty
~ are containing the given words (SQL LIKE) in that order At least one string value
!~ are not containing the given words (SQL LIKE) in that order At least one string value

Special operators for work packages

There are some additional operators only in use for work packages:

Symbol Description of filtered properties Values array contains
o the status of the work package is open nothing, values is empty
c the status of the work package is closed nothing, values is empty
ow the work packages have a manual sort order nothing, values is empty

There are also relation filters for work packages that have the symbols blocks/blocked children/parent follows/precedes duplicates/duplicated partof/includes relates requires/required depending on the direction of the relation and take as value the work package ID that is the target node of the relation.