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Tyk-Sync is a command line tool and library to manage and synchronise a Tyk installation with your version control system (VCS).

NOTE: Tyk-Sync works with APIs and Policies. It does not work with Keys. See Move Keys between environments for details.


  • Update APIs and Policies on remote Tyk Dashboards
  • Update APIs on remote Tyk Community Edition Gateways
  • Publish APIS/Policies to remote Tyk Dashboards
  • Publish APIs to remote Tyk Community Edition Gateways
  • Synchronise a Tyk Dashboard’s APIs and Policies with your VCS (one-way, definitions are written to the Dashboard)
  • Synchronise a Tyk Community Edition Gateway APIs with those stored in a VCS (one-way, definitions are written to the Gateway)
  • Dump Policies and APIs in a transportable format from a Dashboard to a directory
  • Support for importing, converting and publishing Swagger (Open API Spec) files to Tyk.
  • Specialized support for Git. But since API and policy definitions can be read directly from the file system, it will integrate with any VCS.


Tyk-Sync tries to be clever about what APIs and Policies to update and which to create, it will actually base all ID matching on the API ID and the masked Policy ID, so it can identify the same object across installations. Tyk has a tendency to generate fresh IDs for all new Objects, so Tyk-Sync gets around this by using portable IDs and ensuring the necessary portable IDs are set when using the dump command.

This means that Tyk-Sync can be used to back-up your most important API Gateway configurations as code, and to deploy those configurations to any target and ensure that API IDs and Policy IDs will remain consistent, ensuring that any dependent tokens continue to have access to your services.


  • Tyk-Sync was built using Go 1.10. The minimum Go version required to install is 1.7.
  • In order for policy ID matching to work correctly, your Gateway must have policies.allow_explicit_policy_id: true.
  • It is assumed you have a Tyk CE or Tyk Pro installation.


Currently the application is only available via Go, so to install you must have Go installed and run:

go install -u

This should make the tyk-sync command available to your console.

See our Tyc-Sync Repo for more info.


  tyk-sync [flags]
  tyk-sync [command]

Available Commands:
  dump        Dump will extract policies and APIs from a target (dashboard)
  help        Help about any command
  publish     publish API definitions from a Git repo or file system to a gateway or dashboard
  sync        Synchronise a github repo or file system with a gateway
  update      A brief description of your command

  -h, --help   help for tyk-sync

Use "tyk-sync [command] --help" for more information about a command.

Example: Transfer from one Tyk Dashboard to another

First, we need to extract the data from our Tyk Dashboard, here we dump into ./tmp, let’s assume this is a git-enabled directory

tyk-sync dump -d="http://localhost:3000" -s="b2d420ca5302442b6f20100f76de7d83" -t="./tmp"
Extracting APIs and Policies from http://localhost:3000
> Fetching policies
--> Identified 1 policies
--> Fetching and cleaning policy objects
> Fetching APIs
--> Fetched 3 APIs
> Creating spec file in: tmp/.tyk.json

Next, let’s push those changes back to the Git repo on the branch my-test-branch:

cd tmp
git add .
git commit -m "My dashboard dump"
git push -u origin my-test-branch

Now to restore this data directly from GitHub:

tyk-sync sync -d="http://localhost:3010" -s="b2d420ca5302442b6f20100f76de7d83" -b="refs/heads/my-test-branch"
Using publisher: Dashboard Publisher
Fetched 3 definitions
Fetched 1 policies
Processing APIs...
Deleting: 0
Updating: 3
Creating: 0
SYNC Updating: 598ec94f9695f201730d835b
SYNC Updating: 598ec9589695f201730d835c
SYNC Updating: 5990cfee9695f201730d836e
Processing Policies...
Deleting policies: 0
Updating policies: 1
Creating policies: 0
SYNC Updating Policy: Test policy 1
--> Found policy using explicit ID, substituting remote ID for update

The command provides output to identify which actions have been taken. If using a Tyk Gateway, the Gateway will be automatically hot-reloaded.