HTTP endpoint source

This is a special data source that registers an HTTP receiver endpoint that one can post entities to. Entities posted here will be written to the pipe’s sink.

A pipe that references the HTTP endpoint source will not pump any entities, in practice this means that a pump is not configured for the pipe; the only way for entities to flow through the pipe is by posting them to the HTTP endpoint.

It exposes two URLs:




JSON Push endpoint


SDShare Push receiver endpoint

JSON Push protocol

The JSON Push protocol is described in additional detail in the JSON Push Protocol document. The serialisation of entities as JSON is described in more detail here. Both individual entities and lists of entities can be posted. This endpoint is compatible with The JSON push sink.

The JSON Push endpoint supports HTTP POST of both a single JSON object and a list of JSON objects. The HTTP request’s content-type header element must be set to application/json in this case.

SDShare Push protocol

The SDShare Push protocol is described here.

The SDShare Push endpoint supports receiving RDF in N-Triples form. In this case the URL parameters have to include at least one resource parameter describing which resources the N-Triples payload contains statements about. If you include a resource parameter that there are no statements about in the N-Triples body, an empty entity is generated with its _deleted flag set to true. Note that the graph parameter of the protocol is ignored - the destination of the entities generated from the N-Triples payload must be configured in the pipe’s sink section. This type of HTTP request expects the content-type to be application/n-triples or text/plain. See the Working with RDF document for more detail on working with RDF in Sesam.


    "type": "http_endpoint"









If true (the default) the sink dataset will be marked as populated initially. This property can only be specified if the sink is of type dataset.




When entities are posted to the HTTP endpoint source, the completeness value of the sink dataset will by default be set to the current time. But it is also possible to explicitly specify the completeness value by adding a ‘X-Dataset-Completeness’ header in the POST-request. This value must be a positive integer. It is recommended to use microseconds since the epoch, since this is what Sesam does by default. Example:

curl -H "X-Dataset-Completeness: 1633934725921188" ...

Continuation support

See the section on continuation support for more information.




false (Fixed)


true (Fixed)


false (Fixed)

Example configuration

The pipe configuration given below will expose the my-entities receiver endpoint and write any data it receives into the my-entities dataset:

    "_id": "my-entities",
    "type": "pipe",
    "source": {
        "type": "http_endpoint"