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A new API version is created when you want to change a published API's behavior, authentication mechanism, resources, throttling tiers, target audiences etc. It is not recommended to modify a published API that has subscribers plugged to it.

After creating a new version, you typically deploy it as a prototype for early promotion. A prototype can be used for testing, without subscription, along with the published versions of the API. After a period of time during which the new version is used in parallel with the older versions, the prototyped API can be published and its older versions deprecated. 

The example here uses the PhoneVerification API, which you created in the Create and Publish an API section.

 The steps below show you how to create a new version of an existing API.

  1. Sign in to the WSO2 API Publisher.
    https://<hostname>:9443/publisher . Refer step 1 of Create and Publish an API to log into publisher.
  2. Select the API that you want to create a version of (e.g., PhoneVerification 1.0.0).  
    The API opens. 
  3. Click Create New Version
  4. Give a version number, select the default version option, and click Done.
    The APIS page opens.

    The Default Version option means that you make this version the default in a group of different versions of the API. A default API can be invoked without specifying the version number in the URL. For example, if you mark http://host:port/youtube/2.0 as the default version when the API has 1.0 and 3.0 versions as well, requests made to http://host:port/youtube/ get automatically routed to version 2.0.

    If you mark any version of an API as the default, two API URLs are listed in its Overview tab in the API Store. One URL is with the version and the other is without. You can invoke a default version using both URLs.

    If you mark an unpublished API as the default, the previous default published API is used as the default until the new default API is published (or prototyped). 

  5. Click the Edit icon of the new API version to edit it.

  6. Do the required modifications to the API.
    For example, let's assume that the POST method is redundant, and let's delete it from the resource that we added to the API at the time it was created. 

    Note that there is a known issue in API Manager 2.1.0, where the new versions of APIs created with SOAP Endpoint cannot be modified and saved with the existing WSDL endpoint set when creating the new version. Therefore as a workaround, edit the API and change the existing WSDL endpoint to the correct WSDL endpoint before doing other modifications to the new version of the API.

  7. Click Save once the edits are done.

Tip: By default, only the latest version of an API is shown in the API Store. If you want to display multiple versions, set the <DisplayMultipleVersions> element to true in the <APIM_HOME>/repository/conf/api-manager.xml file, and restart the server.

You have created a new version of an API. In the next tutorial, let's learn how to deploy this API as a prototype and test it with its older versions.

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