Get Journal Service


This endpoint returns journaling connectors, their configuration and current status.


  • In order to successfully use this endpoint the logged in user must be a Mimecast administrator with at least the Services | Journaling | Reading permission.


To use this endpont you send a POST request to:

  • /api/journaling/get-service

Request Headers

The following request headers must be included in your request:

Field Description
Authorization Please see the Authorization guide for more information on building the Authorization header.

A randomly generated GUID, for example,

x-mc-app-id The Application ID provided with your Registered API Application.

The current date and time in the following format, for example,

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:50:11 UTC

Request Body

 "data": [
   "id": "String"
Field Type Required Description
id String Optional The secure id of an existing journal connector. A connecter's id can be found by running the call once to return all connectors.


 "fail": [], 
 "meta": {
  "status": 200
 "data": [
   "description": "String", 
   "journalUnknownInternalAddresses": true, 
   "transferProtocol": "String", 
   "journalNonInternalAddresses": true, 
   "id": "String", 
   "enabled": true, 
   "messageFormat": "String", 
   "smtpJournalingConnection": {
    "inactivityTimeout": 180, 
    "emailAddress": "String", 
    "ipRanges": [
    "extendedDeduplication": false, 
    "usesTls": true, 
    "deliveryWaitAttempts": 3, 
    "processInitialDelay": 0, 
    "usesAuthentication": false, 
    "prefersClearText": false
   "removeJournalHeaders": false, 
   "statusInfo": {
    "status": "String", 
    "queueSize": 0, 
    "id": "String", 
    "lastReceived": "Date String"
   "queueSize": 0
meta object
Field Type Description
status Number The function level status of the request.
Field Type Description
status Number The function level status of the request.
Field Type Description
id String The Mimecast secure ID of the connector
description String The description text entered when creating or modifying the journal connector
messageFormat String The message journaling format. Will be 'eml' for standard eml messages, or 'exchange_env' for Exchange envelope messages
queueSize Number The number of messages in the journaling queue
removeJournalHeaders Boolean If set to true, Mimecast will remove any 'X-MS-Exchange-Organization-BCC' and 'X-MS-Exchange-CrossPremises-BCC' headers added by Microsoft Exchange
transferProtocol String The email transfer protocol for the journaling service. Will be 'pop3' for POP3 or 'smtp' for SMTP journaling.
enabled Boolean The configured status of the journaling connector
journalNonInternalAddresses Boolean If true, the journal connector will process messages that do not have an internal address. If false, non-internal messages will be dropped.
journalUnknownInternalAddresses Boolean If true, the journal connector will process messages that contain an unknown user address, but a known internal domain. If false, these messages will be dropped.
smtpJournalingConnection SMTP Journaling Connection Object An object containing SMTP Journaling configuration information
pop3JournalingConnection POP3 Journaling Connection Object An object containing POP3 Journaling configuration information
statusInfo Journaling Service Status Object An object with the journaling service status
SMTP Journaling Connection Object
Field Type Description
emailAddress String The email address configured to recieve journaled messages. Each journal connector's address must be unique.
ipRanges Array of Strings The IP addresses that are allowed to submit journaled messages in addition to an account's Authorized Outbound IP ranges
usesAuthentication Boolean If true, authentication is enabled when transmitting messages to Mimecast. If false, authentication relies only on IP ranges.
useTls Boolean If true, Transport Layer Security (TLS) is enforced for message journaling. If false, un-encrypted connections will be accepted.
prefersClearText Boolean If true, messages should be Active Directory protected journal items.
extendedDeduplication Boolean If true, messages are assumed to be both journaled and processed by the Mimecast gateway, and a 10 minute delay will be introduced to wait for the gateway to process a message. This option is not enabled by default.
deliveryWaitAttempts Number The number of times Mimecast will attempt to match journaled messages before archiving
inactivityTimeout Number The maximum amount of time in minutes to wait between journaled messages before changing the status of the connector
processInitialDelay Number The duration in minutes to wait before attempting to match an existing message in the archive
POP3 Journaling Connection Object
Field Type Description
emailAddress String The email address of the journal connector. Each journal connector's address must be unique.
mailbox String The mailbox/username used to log in to the remote journaling mailbox.
host String The hostname or IP address used to connect to the remote journaling mailbox.
port number The TCP/IP port used to connect to the remote journaling mailbox.
usesPOP3S Boolean Determines if the remote journaling mailbox will be accessed over an encrypted connection. Default value is true.
encryptionIsRelaxed Boolean Relaxed encryption allows use of self-signed certificates to encrypt the connection to a remote journal mailbox. If false, the certificate used must be valid and signed by a third-party. Default value is false.
detailedLoggingIsEnabled Boolean Detailed logging helps Mimecast Support to troubleshoot a failed journal connector. Default value is false.

Sample Code

Sample code is provided to demonstrate how to use the API and is not representative of a production application. To use the sample code; complete the required variables as described, populate the desired values in the request body, and execute in your favorite IDE.  Please see the Global Base URL's page to find the correct base URL to use for your account.

POST {base_url}/api/journaling/get-service
Authorization: MC {accesskKey}:{Base64 encoded signed Data To Sign}
x-mc-date: {dateTime}
x-mc-req-id: {unique id}
x-mc-app-id: {applicationId}
Content-Type: application/json
Accept: application/json

        "id": "String"
import base64
import hashlib
import hmac
import uuid
import datetime
import requests

# Setup required variables
base_url = ""
uri = "/api/journaling/get-service"
url = base_url + uri
access_key = "YOUR ACCESS KEY"
secret_key = "YOUR SECRET KEY"

# Generate request header values
request_id = str(uuid.uuid4())
hdr_date = datetime.datetime.utcnow().strftime("%a, %d %b %Y %H:%M:%S") + " UTC"

# DataToSign is used in hmac_sha1
dataToSign = ':'.join([hdr_date, request_id, uri, app_key])

# Create the HMAC SHA1 of the Base64 decoded secret key for the Authorization header
hmac_sha1 =, dataToSign.encode(), digestmod=hashlib.sha1).digest()

# Use the HMAC SHA1 value to sign the hdrDate + ":" requestId + ":" + URI + ":" + appkey
sig = base64.b64encode(hmac_sha1).rstrip()

# Create request headers
headers = {
    'Authorization': 'MC ' + access_key + ':' + sig.decode(),
    'x-mc-app-id': app_id,
    'x-mc-date': hdr_date,
    'x-mc-req-id': request_id,
    'Content-Type': 'application/json'

payload = {
        'data': [
                "id": "String"

r =, headers=headers, data=str(payload))

static void Main(string[] args)
            //Setup required variables
            string baseUrl = "";
            string uri = "/api/journaling/get-service";
            string accessKey = "YOUR ACCESS KEY";
            string secretKey = "YOUR SECRET KEY";
            string appId = "YOUR APPLICATION ID";
            string appKey = "YOUR APPLICATION KEY";

            //Generate request header values
            string hdrDate = System.DateTime.Now.ToUniversalTime().ToString("R");
            string requestId = System.Guid.NewGuid().ToString();

            //Create the HMAC SHA1 of the Base64 decoded secret key for the Authorization header
            System.Security.Cryptography.HMAC h = new System.Security.Cryptography.HMACSHA1(System.Convert.FromBase64String(secretKey));

            //Use the HMAC SHA1 value to sign the hdrDate + ":" requestId + ":" + URI + ":" + appkey
            byte[] hash = h.ComputeHash(System.Text.Encoding.Default.GetBytes(hdrDate + ":" + requestId + ":" + uri + ":" + appKey));

            //Build the signature to be included in the Authorization header in your request
            string signature = "MC " + accessKey + ":" + System.Convert.ToBase64String(hash);

            //Build Request
            System.Net.HttpWebRequest request = (System.Net.HttpWebRequest)System.Net.WebRequest.Create(baseUrl + uri);
            request.Method = "POST";
            request.ContentType = "application/json";

            //Add Headers
            request.Headers[System.Net.HttpRequestHeader.Authorization] = signature;
            request.Headers.Add("x-mc-date", hdrDate);
            request.Headers.Add("x-mc-req-id", requestId);
            request.Headers.Add("x-mc-app-id", appId);

            //Add request body
            //Create and write data to stream
            string postData = @"{
                    ""data"": [
                            ""id"": ""String""

            byte[] payload = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(postData);

            System.IO.Stream stream = request.GetRequestStream();
            stream.Write(payload, 0, payload.Length);

            //Send Request
            System.Net.HttpWebResponse response = (System.Net.HttpWebResponse)request.GetResponse();

            //Output response to console
            System.IO.StreamReader reader = new System.IO.StreamReader(response.GetResponseStream());
            string responseBody = "";
            string temp = null;
            while ((temp = reader.ReadLine()) != null)
                responseBody += temp;
#Setup required variables
$baseUrl = ""
$uri = "/api/journaling/get-service"
$url = $baseUrl + $uri
$accessKey = "YOUR ACCESS KEY"
$secretKey = "YOUR SECRET KEY"

#Generate request header values
$hdrDate = (Get-Date).ToUniversalTime().ToString("ddd, dd MMM yyyy HH:mm:ss UTC")
$requestId = [guid]::NewGuid().guid

#Create the HMAC SHA1 of the Base64 decoded secret key for the Authorization header
$sha = New-Object System.Security.Cryptography.HMACSHA1
$sha.key = [Convert]::FromBase64String($secretKey)
$sig = $sha.ComputeHash([Text.Encoding]::UTF8.GetBytes($hdrDate + ":" + $requestId + ":" + $uri + ":" + $appKey))
$sig = [Convert]::ToBase64String($sig)

#Create Headers
$headers = @{"Authorization" = "MC " + $accessKey + ":" + $sig;
                "x-mc-date" = $hdrDate;
                "x-mc-app-id" = $appId;
                "x-mc-req-id" = $requestId;
                "Content-Type" = "application/json"}

#Create post body
$postBody = "{
                    ""data"": [
                            ""id"": ""String""

#Send Request
$response = Invoke-RestMethod -Method Post -Headers $headers -Body $postBody -Uri $url

#Print the response
public static void main(String[] args) throws,, {

        //set up variables for request
        String baseUrl = "";
        String uri = "/api/journaling/get-service";
        String url = "https://" + baseUrl + uri;
        String accessKey = "YOUR ACCESS KEY";
        String secretKey = "YOUR SECRET KEY";
        String appId = "YOUR APPLICATION ID";
        String appKey = "YOUR APPLICATION KEY";

        //create URL object obj = new;

        // set guid for x-mc-req-id header
        String guid = java.util.UUID.randomUUID().toString();

        // set date for x-mc-date header
        java.text.SimpleDateFormat sdf = new java.text.SimpleDateFormat("EEE, d MMM yyyy HH:mm:ss z");
        String date = sdf.format(new java.util.Date());

        //create signature for the Authorization header
        String dataToSign = date + ":" + guid + ":" + uri + ":" + appKey;
        String hmacSHA1 = "HmacSHA1";
        javax.crypto.spec.SecretKeySpec signingKey = new javax.crypto.spec.SecretKeySpec(org.apache.commons.codec.binary.Base64.decodeBase64(secretKey.getBytes()), hmacSHA1);
        javax.crypto.Mac mac = javax.crypto.Mac.getInstance(hmacSHA1);
        String sig = new String(org.apache.commons.codec.binary.Base64.encodeBase64(mac.doFinal(dataToSign.getBytes())));

        // create request object con = ( obj.openConnection();

        //set request type to POST

        //add reuqest headers
        con.setRequestProperty("Authorization", "MC " + accessKey + ":" + sig);
        con.setRequestProperty("x-mc-req-id", guid);
        con.setRequestProperty("x-mc-app-id", appId);
        con.setRequestProperty("x-mc-date", date);
        con.setRequestProperty("Content-Type", "application/json");
        con.setRequestProperty("Accept", "application/json");

        //Add post body to the request
        String postBody = "{\n" +
        " \"data\": [\n" +
        "     {\n" +
        "            \"id\": \"String\" +
        "     }\n" +
        " ]\n" +
        "}"; os = con.getOutputStream();

        //process response in = new
        String inputLine;
        StringBuffer response = new StringBuffer();

        while ((inputLine = in.readLine()) != null) {

        //return result
Back to Top