HAProxy Enterprise Documentation 1.7r1


The HAProxy Runtime API is built into the load balancer as a way to view and change its behavior without needing to reload the process. The HAProxy Data Plane API invokes Runtime API methods for some features to avoid a reload.

Enable the Runtime API

To enable the Runtime API, add a stats socket directive to the global section of your configuration. You can expose the API as either a UNIX socket, in which case you can access it only from the HAProxy Enterprise server, or as an IP address and port, in which case you can access it remotely.

To configure it as a UNIX socket, set the path where you would like the socket to be created, such as /var/run/hapee-1.7/hapee-lb.sock.

   stats socket /var/run/hapee-1.7/hapee-lb.sock  user hapee-lb  group hapee  mode 660  level admin  expose-fd listeners

Or set an IP address and port:

   stats socket ipv4@  level admin  expose-fd listeners

You can set the IP address to an asterisk to listen on all network interfaces.

   stats socket ipv4@*:9999  level admin  expose-fd listeners

The parameters are as follows:




Sets the owner of the UNIX socket to the designated system user.


Sets the group of the UNIX socket to the designated system group.


Sets the octal mode used to define permissions on the UNIX socket.


Restricts the commands that you can be issued. Set it to one of the following values:

  • user - only non-sensitive stats can be read and no changes are allowed.

  • operator - [default] all data can be read and non-sensitive changes are allowed.

  • admin - everything is permitted.

expose-fd listeners

Enables you to do a seamless reload of HAProxy Enterprise when master-worker mode is enabled.

Access the Runtime API

You can send plain text commands to the API. An easy way to try it is by using the Linux echo command and piping the result to socat.

If you exposed a UNIX socket, use this format:

$ echo "help" | sudo socat stdio /var/run/hapee-1.7/hapee-lb.sock

If you exposed an IP address and port, use this format:

$ echo "help" | socat stdio tcp4-connect:

You can send multiple commands at once by separating them with semi-colons:

$ echo "show info;show stat" | socat stdio /var/run/hapee-1.7/hapee-lb.sock

You may also use the API interactively:

$ sudo socat readline /var/run/hapee-1.7/hapee-lb.sock
  > help

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