History of changes

When the built-in plugin kinto.plugins.history is enabled in configuration, it becomes possible to track the history of changes via a new endpoint GET /buckets/<bid>/history.

Clients can check for the history capability in the root URL endpoint.


In terms of performance, enabling this plugin generates three additional queries on backends per request (i.e. per transaction).

  • Creations/updates/deletions of every kind of object is tracked per bucket;
  • Both data and permissions changes are provided in history entries;
  • Only the new version of the record is stored in the history entry for each action;
  • The history only shows the actions that were performed on objects where the user had read or write permission;
  • When requested anonymously, the history only shows actions on publicly readable/writable objects;
  • The default_bucket plugin is supported;
  • Entries can be filtered and sorted as any list endpoint.

Retrieve history

GET /buckets/(bucket_id)/history
synopsis:Retrieve the history, ordered by -last_modified by default.

Optional authentication

Example Request

$ http GET http://localhost:8888/v1/buckets/blog/history --auth="token:bob-token" --verbose
GET /v1/buckets/blog/history HTTP/1.1
Accept: */*
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
Authorization: Basic dG9rZW46Ym9iLXRva2Vu
Connection: keep-alive
Host: localhost:8888

Example Response

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Access-Control-Expose-Headers: Content-Length, Expires, Alert, Retry-After, Last-Modified, Total-Records, ETag, Pragma, Cache-Control, Backoff, Next-Page
Cache-Control: no-cache, no-store
Content-Length: 1906
Content-Type: application/json; charset=UTF-8
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:15:02 GMT
Etag: "1469006098757"
Last-Modified: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:14:58 GMT
Server: waitress
Total-Records: 4

    "data": [
            "action": "update",
            "collection_id": "articles",
            "date": "2016-07-20T11:18:36.530281",
            "id": "cb98ecd7-a66f-4f9d-82c5-73d06930f4f2",
            "last_modified": 1469006316530,
            "record_id": "b3b76c56-b6df-4195-8189-d79da4a128e1",
            "resource_name": "record",
            "target": {
                "data": {
                    "id": "b3b76c56-b6df-4195-8189-d79da4a128e1",
                    "last_modified": 1469006316529,
                    "title": "Modified title"
                "permissions": {
                    "write": [
            "timestamp": 1469006098757,
            "uri": "/buckets/blog/collections/articles/records/b3b76c56-b6df-4195-8189-d79da4a128e1",
            "user_id": "basicauth:43181ac0ae7581a23288c25a98786ef9db86433c62a04fd6071d11653ee69089",

As other list endpoints, the entries can be filtered and sorted using the querystring.

  • ?_since="<timestamp>" and ?_before="<timestamp>" to filter by timestamp/last_modified
  • ?_limit=<N>: limits to N entries (use Next-Page response header for pagination)
  • ?uri=<URI>: to filter on a particular object
  • ?collection_id=<id>: to filter on a particular collection
  • ?resource_name=<bucket|group|collection|record>: to filter by object type
  • See Filtering, Sorting, Paginating and Selecting fields.


If the server defines a kinto.paginate_by setting, the list will be limited by default.

Conflict resolution

Having the journal of operations of an object possibly allows to resolve update conflicts automatically.

For example, if Alice receives a 412 Precondition Failed error response when she tries to update a record, she can use the history entries for this particular record filtering from a the timestamp of her local copy, in order to merge the changes that happened remotely with her local ones.

$ RECORD_URI="buckets/blog/collections/articles/records/xyz"
$ LOCAL_TIMESTAMP="1469006098757"
$ http GET http://localhost:8888/v1/buckets/blog/history?uri=$RECORD_URI&_since=$LOCAL_TIMESTAMP --auth="token:bob-token" --verbose

Each entries gives the state in which the record was modified. Computing the difference between two steps and applying it to the local record is a possible way of solving conflicts automatically.