Adding Zones/Tags with XML API

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Adding Zones/Tags with XML API

L1 Bithead

So I have been REPLACING tags and zones with the xml API with great success. What I have yet to do is figure out how to ADD tags or zones without disturbing the existing objects...or even replace them with multiple tags/zones


Working replacement of a zone-


This works to replace a single zone....fails if you run it against a rule with multiple zones.


I've tried putting multiple members in the element but it only sees and inserts the first one



That puts the vpn zone in and ignores the pci zone, if I switch them it will put the pci zone in and ignore the vpn zone. 

So the function seems a 1 for 1 REPLACE


Can anyone nudge me in the direction for making additions?

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So the fix was that I needed to expand the element to include not only the member but the "from"


after that. Poof!

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L4 Transporter

Hello @ScottHammond 

What happens if you add the zones one by one (instead of all at once)?

If I remember it right, there are several ways to call the API. Are you using a "simple" POST or are you different various http methods?

Doing a POST

If I run it again it replaces whatever is there one for one.


THis is using the edit function. (set doesnt work because the rule already exists)


I see there is a method to add multiple members to address groups via the API, and you would think it would be the same for zones...but no joy

If I add zones from the cli with a debug running (clearing running a set command) the debug says


<request cmd="set" obj="/config/devices/entry[@name='localhost.localdomain']/device-group/entry[@name='Location']/post-rulebase/security/rules/entry[@name='Name']/from" cookie="8038565277332854"><member>gp_vpn_general</member></request>

So I changed my xpath to
and Postman give me this error-
<response status="error" code="13">
        <line>Could not find schema node for xpath /config/devices/entry[@name='localhost.localdomain']/device-group/entry[@name='Location']/post-rulebase/security/rules/entry[@name='Name']/from
Could not find schema node for xpath

Okay so that didnt look right and I changed it to 




resulting in


<response status="error" code="12">
            <![CDATA[ needs to have non NULL value]]>

So the fix was that I needed to expand the element to include not only the member but the "from"


after that. Poof!

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