Using the API to get unused and used rules

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Using the API to get unused and used rules

L1 Bithead

Hi all,

I am trying to use the API to get a list of unused and another of used rules.  Via the API I only get the following error

<response status="error"><msg><line>An error occured. See dagger.log for information.</line></msg></response>

I have also tried with the following


I then get a list of all policies.  This does not change even if I change from used to unused, or from security to nat or pbf.

Does anyone know how to get an api command that will simply list the unused security rules as on e would get from a normal command line query?

Hope so,




L2 Linker

I wanted to provide an example if using Panorama. 


This is a snippet from Postman where i have variables for Panorama and the associated api key {{prod-panorama}} and whatever device-group I want to review {{device-group}}.  To retrieve pre-rules with no hits:no hits.JPG


Hi thank you for sharing the API for using panorama, one more question if i may

Do you know if there is any API using Panorama that i can get all used rules with timestamp of last used.

from the API above i can get only the timestamp of last modify and timestamp of creation.


@jasonrakers your help will be much appreciated 


Hi @Serhan,

At Panorama level, this command will get stats for all rules at summary level:

https://{{host}}/api?key={{key}}&type=op&cmd=<show><rule-hit-count><device-group><entry name='{{device-group-name}}'><pre-rulebase><entry name='security'><rules><all/></rules></entry></pre-rulebase></entry></device-group></rule-hit-count></show>

If you use a similar command for a specific rule, you can detailed stats including last-hit-timestamp:

https://{{host}}/api?key={{key}}&type=op&cmd=<show><rule-hit-count><device-group><entry name='{{device-group-name}}'><pre-rulebase><entry name='security'><rules><rule-name><entry name='{{rule-name}}'/></rule-name></rules></entry></pre-rulebase></entry></device-group></rule-hit-count></show>

 Hope that helps.

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