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Alternatives to API Umbrella

Kong, Gravitee.io, Postman, Amazon API Gateway, and Insomnia REST Client are the most popular alternatives and competitors to API Umbrella.
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What is API Umbrella and what are its top alternatives?

API Umbrella is a proxy that sits in front of your APIs. It can seamlessly add common functionality like api keys, rate limiting, and analytics to any API.
API Umbrella is a tool in the API Tools category of a tech stack.
API Umbrella is an open source tool with 1.4K GitHub stars and 256 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to API Umbrella's open source repository on GitHub

API Umbrella alternatives & related posts

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Al Tsang
CEO at LunchBadger · | 4 upvotes · 45.4K views
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Express Gateway
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#Gateway
#OAuth2
#JWT
#APIs
Problem/Challenge

We needed a lightweight and completely customizable #microservices #gateway to be able to generate #JWT and introspect #OAuth2 tokens as well. The #gateway was going to front all #APIs for our single page web app as well as externalized #APIs for our partners.

Contenders

We looked at Tyk Cloud and Kong. Kong's plugins are all Lua based and its core is NGINX and OpenResty. Although it's open source, it's not the greatest platform to be able to customize. On top of that enterprise features are paid and expensive. Tyk is Go and the nomenclature used within Tyk like "sessions" was bizarre, and again enterprise features were paid.

Decision

We ultimately decided to roll our own using ExpressJS into Express Gateway because the use case for using ExpressJS as an #API #gateway was tried and true, in fact - all the enterprise features that the other two charge for #OAuth2 introspection etc were freely available within ExpressJS middleware.

Outcome

We opened source Express Gateway with a core set of plugins and the community started writing their own and could quickly do so by rolling lots of ExpressJS middleware into Express Gateway

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Anas MOKDAD
Anas MOKDAD
Software Architect · | 2 upvotes · 46.1K views
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Istio

As for the new support of service mesh pattern by Kong, I wonder how does it compare to Istio?

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    Noah Zoschke
    Noah Zoschke
    Engineering Manager at Segment · | 29 upvotes · 218.3K views
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    Postman
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    Markdown
    Markdown
    ReadMe.io
    ReadMe.io
    Swagger UI
    Swagger UI
    #Documentation
    #Api
    #QA

    We just launched the Segment Config API (try it out for yourself here) — a set of public REST APIs that enable you to manage your Segment configuration. A public API is only as good as its #documentation. For the API reference doc we are using Postman.

    Postman is an “API development environment”. You download the desktop app, and build API requests by URL and payload. Over time you can build up a set of requests and organize them into a “Postman Collection”. You can generalize a collection with “collection variables”. This allows you to parameterize things like username, password and workspace_name so a user can fill their own values in before making an API call. This makes it possible to use Postman for one-off API tasks instead of writing code.

    Then you can add Markdown content to the entire collection, a folder of related methods, and/or every API method to explain how the APIs work. You can publish a collection and easily share it with a URL.

    This turns Postman from a personal #API utility to full-blown public interactive API documentation. The result is a great looking web page with all the API calls, docs and sample requests and responses in one place. Check out the results here.

    Postman’s powers don’t end here. You can automate Postman with “test scripts” and have it periodically run a collection scripts as “monitors”. We now have #QA around all the APIs in public docs to make sure they are always correct

    Along the way we tried other techniques for documenting APIs like ReadMe.io or Swagger UI. These required a lot of effort to customize.

    Writing and maintaining a Postman collection takes some work, but the resulting documentation site, interactivity and API testing tools are well worth it.

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    Nicholas Rogoff
    Nicholas Rogoff
    at Avanade UK Ltd. · | 7 upvotes · 112K views
    atNHS Digital (NHS.UK)NHS Digital (NHS.UK)
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    Microsoft SQL Server
    Microsoft SQL Server
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
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    Newman
    Newman
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio
    Visual Studio

    Secure Membership Web API backed by SQL Server. This is the backing API to store additional profile and complex membership metadata outside of an Azure AD B2C provider. The front-end using the Azure AD B2C to allow 3rd party trusted identity providers to authenticate. This API provides a way to add and manage more complex permission structures than can easily be maintained in Azure AD.

    We have .Net developers and an Azure infrastructure environment using server-less functions, logic apps and SaaS where ever possible. For this service I opted to keep it as a classic WebAPI project and deployed to AppService.

    • Trusted Authentication Provider: @AzureActiveDirectoryB2C
    • Frameworks: .NET Core
    • Language: C# , Microsoft SQL Server , JavaScript
    • IDEs: Visual Studio Code , Visual Studio
    • Libraries: jQuery @EntityFramework, @AutoMapper, @FeatureToggle , @Swashbuckle
    • Database: @SqlAzure
    • Source Control: Git
    • Build and Release Pipelines: Azure DevOps
    • Test tools: Postman , Newman
    • Test framework: @nUnit, @moq
    • Infrastructure: @AzureAppService, @AzureAPIManagement
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    Jason Barry
    Jason Barry
    Cofounder at FeaturePeek · | 4 upvotes · 60.2K views
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    Insomnia REST Client
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    Paw
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    Dropbox
    Dropbox

    We've tried a couple REST clients over the years, and Insomnia REST Client has won us over the most. Here's what we like about it compared to other contenders in this category:

    • Uncluttered UI. Things are only in your face when you need them, and the app is visually organized in an intuitive manner.
    • Native Mac app. We wanted the look and feel to be on par with other apps in our OS rather than a web app / Electron app (cough Postman).
    • Easy team sync. Other apps have this too, but Insomnia's model best sets the "set and forget" mentality. Syncs are near instant and I'm always assured that I'm working on the latest version of API endpoints. Apps like Paw use a git-based approach to revision history, but I think this actually over-complicates the sync feature. For ensuring I'm always working on the latest version of something, I'd rather have the sync model be closer to Dropbox's than git's, and Insomnia is closer to Dropbox in that regard.

    Some features like automatic public-facing documentation aren't supported, but we currently don't have any public APIs, so this didn't matter to us.

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    Jason Barry
    Jason Barry
    Cofounder at FeaturePeek · | 4 upvotes · 60.2K views
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    Insomnia REST Client
    Postman
    Postman
    Paw
    Paw
    Dropbox
    Dropbox

    We've tried a couple REST clients over the years, and Insomnia REST Client has won us over the most. Here's what we like about it compared to other contenders in this category:

    • Uncluttered UI. Things are only in your face when you need them, and the app is visually organized in an intuitive manner.
    • Native Mac app. We wanted the look and feel to be on par with other apps in our OS rather than a web app / Electron app (cough Postman).
    • Easy team sync. Other apps have this too, but Insomnia's model best sets the "set and forget" mentality. Syncs are near instant and I'm always assured that I'm working on the latest version of API endpoints. Apps like Paw use a git-based approach to revision history, but I think this actually over-complicates the sync feature. For ensuring I'm always working on the latest version of something, I'd rather have the sync model be closer to Dropbox's than git's, and Insomnia is closer to Dropbox in that regard.

    Some features like automatic public-facing documentation aren't supported, but we currently don't have any public APIs, so this didn't matter to us.

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