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API management tools offer the API team the instruments and processes needed to create, document, manage and publish APIs in a secure development environment. Throughout the API lifecycle, API management tools help manage the connections between APIs and the applications that rely on them. Through API management tools, administrators can monitor connection consistency, traffic and security. API management tools are used from construction and development to maintenance, monitoring and management related to the API. 


Here are examples of some API management tools:


  • API Manager - The API Manager web interface enables API developers or operations (API owners) to easily register REST APIs and apply standard policies defined in the client registry to virtualize the APIs. It enables organizations and API consumers to consume APIs, browse the API Catalog and monitor their API use. It also enables API administrators to manage API clients and their consumption of APIs. 
  • API Gateway - This is the runtime gateway that proxies the REST APIs registered in API Manager, and that enforces configured policies on client requests and responses. API Manager is a layered product running on API Gateway, and which provides all the underlying gateway capabilities. API Gateway is a prerequisite product for API Manager.
  • API Catalog - This is the catalog of APIs and their associated documentation registered in API Manager. Client application developers can browse API Catalog in API Manager and in API Portal. APIs can be tagged for classification and searching. API Catalog is represented in Swagger format for tool integration.
  • Client Registry - This is the repository of organizations and partners, API consumers and client applications that consume the REST APIs. The API Client Registry also contains the authentication credentials of the client applications, and authorization and quota policies defined at the organization and application level. The Client Registry is persisted in an Apache Cassandra backing store. 
  • REST API development wizard - This wizard in Policy Studio enables you to create new REST APIs that route to policies developed in Policy Studio. This enables you to develop REST APIs from non-REST back-end applications and services, integrating with them at the application and security levels. For more details on creating APIs using the REST API development wizard, see the API Gateway Policy Developer Guide.
  • API Portal - The API Developer Portal is a self-service web-based portal that enables API consumers to consume APIs that you have made available to organizations in API Manager. API consumers can register and manage their user profile, register applications, manage application credentials, browse front-end APIs and supporting documentation, monitor application API usage, and access blogs, forums and so on.