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General API Manager questions

What is WSO2 API Manager?

WSO2 API Manager is a complete solution for creating, publishing and managing all aspects of an API and its life cycle. See About API Manager.

What is the open source license of the API Manager?

Apache Software License Version 2.0

How do I download and get started quickly?

Go to to download the binary or source distributions. See Getting Started.

Is their commercial support available for WSO2 API Manager?

It is completely supported from evaluation to production. See WSO2 Support.

What are the default ports opened in the API Manager?

See Default Ports of WSO2 Products.

What are the technologies used underneath WSO2 API Manager?
Can I get involved in APIM development activities?

Not only are you allowed, but also encouraged. You can start by subscribing to [email protected] and [email protected] mailing lists. Feel free to provide ideas, feedback and help make our code better. For more information on contacts, mailing lists and forums, see Getting Support.

Installation questions

What are the minimum requirements to run WSO2 API Manager?

Minimum requirement is Oracle Java SE Development Kit (JDK). See Installation Prerequisites.

What Java versions are supported by the API Manager?

See Installation Prerequisites.

How do I deploy a third-party library into the API Manager?

Copy any third-party JARs to <APIM_HOME>/repository/components/lib directory and restart the server.

Do you provide automated installation scripts based on Puppet or similar solutions?

Yes. For information, contact us.

Is it possible to connect the API Manager directly to an LDAP or Active Directory where the corporate identities are stored?

Yes. You can configure the API Manager with multiple user stores. See  Configuring User Stores.

Can I extend the management console UI to add custom UIs?

Yes, you can extend the management console (default URL is https://localhost:9443/carbon) easily by writing a custom UI component and simply deploying the OSGi bundle.

I don't want some of the features that come with WSO2 API Manager. Can I remove them?

Yes, you can do this using the Features menu under the Configure menu of the management console (default URL is https://localhost:9443/carbon).

How can I change the memory allocation for the API Manager?

The memory allocation setting are in <APIM_HOME>/bin/ file.

Clustering and distributed deployment questions

Where can I look up details of different deployment patterns and clustering configurations of the API Manager?

See WSO2 clustering and deployment guide.

What is the recommended way to manage multiple artifacts in a product cluster?

For artifact governance and lifecycle management, we recommend you to use a shared WSO2 Governance Registry instance.

Is it recommended to run multiple WSO2 products on a single server?

This is not recommend in a production environment involving multiple transactions. If you want to start several WSO2 products on a single server, you must change their default ports to avoid port conflicts. See Changing the Default Ports with Offset.

Can I install features of other WSO2 products to the API Manager?

Yes, you can do this using the management console. The API Manager already has features of WSO2 Identity Server, WSO2 Governance Registry, WSO2 ESB etc. embedded in it. However, if you require more features of a certain product, it is recommended to use a separate instance of it rather than instal its features to the API Manager.

Security questions

How can I manage authentication centrally in a clustered environment?

You can enable centralized authentication using a WSO2 Identity Server based security and identity gateway solution, which enables SSO (Single Sign On) across all the servers.

How can I manage the API permissions/visibility?

To set visibility of the API only to selected user roles in the server, see API Visibility.

How can I add security policies (UT, XACML etc.) for the services?

This should be done in the backend services in the Application Server or WSO2 ESB.

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