What is an API endpoint?

Posted on January 17, 2023
Definition of API endpoint

An API endpoint is a digital location where an API receives requests about a specific resource on its server.

In simple terms, an API endpoint is the point of entry in a communication channel when two systems are interacting. It refers to touchpoints of the communication between an API and a server.

An API endpoint is a digital location exposed via the API from where the API receives requests and sends out responses. Each endpoint is a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) that provides the location of a resource on the API server.

An API endpoint defines the address or connection point to a Web service. It is typically represented by a simple HTTP URL string.

An application endpoint is based on an abstract definition, such as a Web service, and can be either a “provider” or “consumer” endpoint. A provider endpoint identifies an addressable location that provides a service.

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