Version: 7.0.x

Update an existing task

Update task#

To update an existing task record you will need to make a TLS request to the OpenHIM API for the below method and endpoint and supply the updated JSON object for the task record.

Method: PUT
Endpoint: {openhim_url}:8080/task/:taskId
Payload: JSON object of the task record

Tasks can be paused, resumed or cancelled by sending through an update with status equal to Paused, Queued or Cancelled respectively.


Before we can send our request to the OpenHIM API we need to ensure that we construct our valid HTTP headers to successfully authenticate with the OpenHIM API.

Copy the below code at the bottom of your nodejs script that handles the authentication of the OpenHIM headers as described in the authentication section.

Replace the openhimOptions values with the correct implementation details and supply the SampleData payload to submit

// append below code to the "openhim-api.js" script containing the authentication methods.
// This is described within the authentication section
(async () => {
const openhimOptions = {
apiURL: 'https://localhost:8080',
apiEndpoint: '/tasks/taskId',
username: '',
password: 'openhim-password',
rejectUnauthorized: false
const SampleData = 'SampleData'
const headers = await genAuthHeaders(openhimOptions)
const options = {
method: 'PUT',
url: `${openhimOptions.apiURL}${openhimOptions.apiEndpoint}`,
rejectUnauthorized: openhimOptions.rejectUnauthorized,
headers: headers,
body: SampleData,
json: true
request(options, (error, response, body) => {
if (error) throw new Error(error)
statusCode: response.statusCode,

Execute the below command in your terminal to run the nodejs script

node openhim-api.js

The response status code will be 200 if successful.