What is an API

An application programming interface (API) is a set of routines, definitions, and protocols that allow developers to build application software. APIs abstract implementation and expose only necessary objects and actions to the developer. Within cloud computing, developers use APIs to manage servers and other resources, most often through conventional HTTP requests.

For more resources about APIs, please visit:

  • How to Use the DigitalOcean API
  • How To Use Web APIs in Python 3
  • Tech Talk: Creating a Laravel (PHP) API

A complete list of our API-related tutorials, questions, and other educational resources can be found on our API tag page.