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Publishing and Governing APIs

  • Publish secured, authenticated, authorized and protected APIs to external consumers and partners, as well as internal users.
  • Supports publishing multiple protocols including SOAP, REST, JSON and XML style services as APIs.
  • One-click deployment to API Gateway for immediate publishing.
  • Manage many API versions parallely and deployment status by version.
  • Govern the API life cycle.
  • Produce comprehensive API documentation.
  • Apply Security policies to APIs (authentication, authorization).
  • Facilitates APIs with an associated, published, service-level agreement (SLA).
  • Use a policy-based approach to securing APIs, managing access, and throttling usage.
  • Provision and Manage API keys.
  • Track consumers per API. 
  • Collect usage, performance, and quality-of-service statistics to analyze trends.
  • Monitor API usage, performance and SLA compliance.
  • Scale hosted APIs to deal with increasing loads.
  • Display and promote APIs in an API store.

Consuming APIs through the API Store

  • User-friendly graphical experience of the API Store.
  • Find useful APIs by browsing or searching through the API Store.
  • Self-registration to developer community to subscribe to APIs.
  • Comment on and rate APIs and view top-rated, most used and featured APIs.
  • Explore API documentation and download helpers for easy consumption.
  • Register applications and obtain API keys.
  • Evaluate APIs, rate APIs, and share comments.
  • OAuth2 support for API access.
  • Utilizes type support granted by OAuth2 resource owner credentials.

Routing API Traffic

  • Supports API authentication with OAUTH2.
  • Extremely high performance pass-through message routing with sub-millisecond latency.
  • Enforces rate limiting and throttling policies for APIs by consumer.
  • Horizontally scalable with easy deployment into cluster using proven routing infrastructure.
  • Scales to millions of developers/users.
  • Captures all statistics and pushes to pluggable analytics system.
  • Configure API routing policies with capabilities of WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus.

The Community Features

  • Self-signup for API consumption.
  • Manages user accounts including password reset.
  • Developer interaction with APIs via comments and ratings.
  • Ability to associate documentation and samples with APIs.
  • Overall user friendliness of the API Store.
  • Ability to tag APIs and powerful search capabilities.
  •  Ability to provider feedback on APIs.
  • Ability to track API usage by individual subscribers.

Governing Complete API Lifecycle:

  • End-to-end API lifecycle management : create, publish, block, deprecate and retire.
  • Publishes both production and sandbox keys for APIs to enable easy developer testing.

Usage and Performance Monitoring and Statistics

  • Pluggable analytics framework for API usage publishing.
  • Out of the box support for WSO2 Business Activity Monitor.
  • Displays metrics by user, API and more.
  • Customized reporting via plugable reporting engines.
  • Monitors SLA compliance.

Pluggable, Extensible & Themeable:

  • All components are highly customizable through styles, themes and open source code.
  • Storefront implemented with Jaggery ( for easy customization.
  • Pluggable to third party analytics systems and billing systems (Available soon in future version).
  • Pluggable to existing user stores via JDBC and LDAP.
  • Components usable separately – storefront can be used to front APIs gateway via third party gateways such as Intel ServiceExpress.

Easily Deployable in Enterprise Setting

  • Role-based access control for managing users and their authorization levels.
  • Storefront can be deployed in DMZ for external access with 'publisher' inside the firewall for private control.
  • Different user stores for developer focused store-front and internal operations in publisher.
  • Integrates with enterprise identity systems including LDAP and Microsoft Active Directory.
  • Gateway can be deployed in DMZ with controlled access to WSO2 Identity Server (for authentication/authorization) and governance database behind firewall.


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