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PowerAPI is a middleware toolkit for building software-defined power meters. Software-defined power meters are configurable software libraries that can estimate the power consumption of software in real-time. PowerAPI supports the acquisition of raw metrics from a wide diversity of sensors (eg., physical meters, processor interfaces, hardware counters, OS counters) and the delivery of power consumptions via different channels (including file system, network, web, graphical). As a middleware toolkit, PowerAPI offers the capability of assembling power meters «à la carte» to accommodate user requirements.


PowerAPI is an open-source project developed by the Spirals research group (University of Lille 1 and Inria) and fully managed with sbt.

The documentation is available here.

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Use Cases

PowerAPI is used in a variety of projects to address key challenges of GreenIT:

  • GenPack provides a Docker Swarm strategy to minimize the energy footprint of Docker containers deployed in a cluster
  • BitWatts provides process-level power estimation of applications running in virtual machines
  • Web Energy Archive ranks popular websites based on the energy footpring they imposes to browsers
  • Greenspector optimises the power consumption of software by identifying potential energy leaks in the source code.


We all stand on the shoulders of giants and get by with a little help from our friends. PowerAPI is written in Scala (version 2.12.1 under 3-clause BSD license) and built on top of:


This software is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License, quoted below.

Copyright (C) 2011-2017 Inria, University of Lille 1.

PowerAPI is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

PowerAPI is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Affero General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License along with PowerAPI. If not, please consult http://www.gnu.org/licenses/agpl-3.0.html.