Akamai CLI for Application Security

NOTE: This tool is intended to be installed via the Akamai CLI package manager, which can be retrieved from the releases page of the Akamai CLI tool.

Local Install, if you choose not to use the akamai package manager

Assumed Defaults

If left to these assumptions, the commands will perform slower than when these options are provided explicitly.


In order to use this configuration, you need to:

Account Switching

Account switching can be performed by providing the --account-key option with account ID as the value.


The akamai appsec Kit is a set of nodejs libraries that wraps Akamai’s {OPEN} APIs to help simplify protection to the properties delivered by Akamai. This kit can be used as a no-fuss command line utility to interact with the library.

$ akamai appsec
Usage: akamai appsec <command> [options]

  activate                                  Activate a version.
  activation                                Get activation status.
  clone                                     Clone a config.
  configs                                   List all available configurations.
  enable-custom-rule                        Assigns an action (such as alert or deny) to an existing custom rule in a policy.
  create-custom-rule                        Create a custom rule.
  delete-custom-rule                        Delete a custom rule.
  custom-rule                               Display contents of custom rule.
  modify-custom-rule                        Update existing custom rule.
  structured-rule-template                  Prints sample JSON of a structured custom rule.                     [aliases: srt]
  custom-rules                              List all custom rules.
  export                                    Export a configuration version.
  add-hostname                              Add hostnames to selected list.
  selectable-hostnames                      List all selectable hostnames.
  selected-hostnames                        List all currently chosen hostnames.
  create-match-target                       Creates a website match target.
  delete-match-target                       Deletes a match target.
  modify-match-target                       Updates a website match target.
  create-api-match-target                   Creates an API match target.
  modify-api-match-target                   Updates an API match target.
  match-target-order                        Change the match target sequence.
  match-targets                             List all match targets.
  match-target                              Read a match target.
  policies                                  List all security policies.
  clone-policy                              Clone security policy.
  version                                   Read a config version.
  versions                                  List all config versions.
  create-rate-policy                        Create a rate policy.
  delete-rate-policy                        Delete a rate policy.
  rate-policy                               Display contents of a rate policy.
  modify-rate-policy                        Update existing rate policy.
  rate-policies                             List all rate policies.
  api-endpoints                             List all api endpoints.
  mode                                      Display the WAF Mode.
  set-mode                                  Set the WAF Mode.
  protections                               List all protections of a policy.
  set-protections                           Update protections of a policy.
  rate-policies-actions                     List all enabled rate policies actions of a policy.
  enable-rate-policy                        Assigns an action to an existing rate policy in a policy.
  disable-rate-policy                       Removes an action set to an existing rate policy in a policy.
  slow-post                                 Display contents of slow post in a policy.
  enable-slow-post                          Enable slow post in a policy.
  disable-slow-post                         Disable slow post in a policy.
  penalty-box                               Display penalty box action in a policy.
  disable-penalty-box                       Disable penalty box in a policy.
  enable-penalty-box                        Enable penalty box in a policy.
  attack-groups                             List all attack group actions in a policy.
  attack-group                              Display attack group action in a policy.
  enable-attack-group                       Enable attack group in a policy.
  disable-attack-group                      Disable attack group  in a policy.
  rule-actions                              List all rule actions in a policy.
  rule-action                               Display rule action in a policy.
  enable-rule-action                        Enable rule action in a policy.
  disable-rule-action                       Disable rule action in a policy.
  rule-condition-exception                  Display rule conditions and exceptions in a policy.
  modify-rule-condition-exception           Update rule conditions and exceptions in a policy.
  eval-rule-actions                         Display evaluation rules and actions in a policy.
  eval-rule-action                          Display evaluation rule action in a policy.
  enable-eval-rule-action                   Enable evaluation rule action in a policy.
  disable-eval-rule-action                  Disable evaluation rule action in a policy.
  eval-rule-condition-exception             Display evaluation rule conditions and exceptions in a policy.
  modify-eval-rule-condition-exception      Update evaluation rule conditions and exceptions in a policy.
  start-eval                                Start evaluation in a policy.
  end-eval                                  Stop evaluation in a policy.
  restart-eval                              Restart evaluation in a policy.
  update-eval                               Update evaluation in a policy.
  complete-eval                             Complete evaluation in a policy.
  krs-rules-upgrade                         Upgrade the KRS rules in a policy.
  upgrade-details                           Display rules updates.
  ip-geo-firewall                           Display the IP Geo Firewall network lists in a policy
  modify-ip-geo-firewall                    Update the IP Geo Firewall network lists in a policy
  create-reputation-profile                 Create a reputation profile.
  delete-reputation-profile                 Delete a reputation profile.
  reputation-profile                        Display contents of a reputation profile.
  modify-reputation-profile                 Update existing reputation profile.
  reputation-profiles                       List all reputation profiles.
  reputation-profile-actions                List all reputation profile actions.
  reputation-profile-action                 Display the current reputation profile action.
  enable-reputation-profile                 Enable and set the action for a reputation profile.
  disable-reputation-profile                Disable the action for a reputation profile.
  custom-deny-list                          List all custom deny actions.
  custom-deny                               Display contents of custom deny action. 
  delete-custom-deny                        Delete a custom deny action.
  create-custom-deny                        Create-custom-deny action.
  modify-custom-deny                        Update existing custom deny action.
  reputation-profile-analysis               Display the current reputation profile analysis settings.
  set-reputation-profile-analysis           Set the reputation profile analysis settings.
  failover-hostnames                        List all failover hostnames on a config.
  siem-definitions                          List all siem definitions.
  siem                                      Display the SIEM settings.
  modify-siem                               Modify the SIEM settings.
  http-header-logging                       Display the HTTP Header Logging settings.
  enable-http-header-logging                Enable the HTTP Header Logging settings.
  disable-http-header-logging               Disable the HTTP Header Logging settings.
  enable-override-http-header-logging       Enable the HTTP Header Logging Override settings.
  disable-override-http-header-logging      Disable the HTTP Header Logging Override settings.
  prefetch-requests                         Display the Prefetch Requests settings.
  modify-prefetch-requests                  Update the Prefetch Requests settings.
  pragma-header                             Display Pragma Header settings.
  modify-pragma-header                      Update Pragma Header settings.
  create-config                             Create a new security config.
  delete-config                             Delete a security config.
  create-security-policy                    Create a security policy.
  modify-security-policy                    Update a security policy.
  delete-security-policy                    Delete a security policy.
  security-policy                           Display contents of security policy.  
  contracts-groups                          List contracts and groups with KSD/WAP line items.
  api-request-constraints-action            Display API Request Constraint action.
  enable-api-request-constraints            Set the API Request Constraint action.
  disable-api-request-constraints           Disable API Request Constraint.
  attackgroup-condition-exception           Display attack group exceptions.
  modify-attackgroup-condition-exception    Update attack group exceptions.    
  protect-eval-hostnames                    Move evaluation hostnames to protection.
  eval-hostnames                            List all hosts under evaluation.
  modify-eval-hostnames                     Modify hostnames under evaluation.
  bypass-network-lists                      List all bypass network lists.
  modify-bypass-network-lists               Update bypass network lists.
  hostname-coverage                         Display the Hostname Coverage.
  version-notes                             Display the version notes.
  modify-version-notes                      Update the version notes.
  modify-hostnames                          Modify hostnames for the configuration version.
  recommendations                           Display recommendations in a policy.
  accept-recommendation                     Accept a recommendation.
  decline-recommendation                    Decline a recommendation.
  reset-recommendation                      Reset a recommendation.

Command options:
  --json        Print the raw json response. All commands respect this option.                       [boolean]
  --edgerc      The full path to the .edgerc file.                                                    [string]
  --section     The section of .edgerc to use.                                                        [string]
  --help        Prints help information.                                            [commands: help] [boolean]
  --version     Current version of the program.                                                      [boolean]
  --account-key Account ID to switch to when performing the operation                                 [string]
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Command details

For details about any individual command including arguments, options, and command options, you can run -

akamai appsec <command> --help


This script wraps all of the functionality from the library into a command line utility which can be used to support the following use cases.

Protect Hosts

Akamai customers can currently configure delivery of a new web property using the PAPI API/CLI. This use case enables protecting these new web properties. This protection is limited to adding the host to an existing security policy. The typical steps are listed in the following table:

# Commands Comments
1 akamai property create  
2 akamai property activate  
3 akamai appsec configs  
4 akamai appsec versions --config=<config id>  
5 akamai appsec clone --config=<config id> Optional. You can skip this step if you choose to use an existing editable1 configuration version
6 akamai appsec selectable-hostnames  
7 akamai appsec add-hostname <comma separated hostnames>  
8a akamai appsec policies --config=<config id> --version=<version number>  
8b akamai appsec create-match-target --hostnames=<comma separated hostnames> --paths=<comma separated paths> --policy=<security policy id>  
8c akamai appsec match-target-order --insert=<match target id> --config=<config id> --version=<version number>  
8d akamai appsec modify-match-target <match target id> add-hostname <hostname>  
9 akamai appsec activate --network=<activation network> --notes=<activation notes> --notify=<emails>  
10 akamai appsec activation --activation-id=<activation id>  

Custom Rule

Adding or updating a custom rule to the protection of a hostname requires a change to a policy. The custom rule action API is used to enable the custom rule.

# Commands Comments
1 akamai appsec clone --config=<config id> Optional. You can skip this step if you choose to use an existing editable1 configuration version
2 akamai appsec structured-rule-template > structuredRule.json This prints a template json to the standard output. You must edit this template appropriately before creating the custom rule
3 vim structuredRule.json  
4 akamai appsec create-custom-rule @structuredRule.json  
5 akamai appsec enable-custom-rule --custom-rule=<custom rule id> --policy=<security policy id> --action=<alert or deny>  
6 akamai appsec activate --network=<activation network> --notes=<activation notes> --notify=<emails>  
7 akamai appsec activation --activation-id=<activation id>  


The Akamai CLI is a new tool and as such we have made some design choices worth mentioning.


1A configuration version is editable if it is not active currently or in the past in any of the environments(staging or production).