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What is IBM API Connect?

IBM API Connect® is a complete, intuitive and scalable API platform that lets you create, expose, manage and monetize APIs across clouds. This means you and your customers can power digital applications and spur innovation. IBM API Connect is also available with other capabilities as an IBM Cloud Pak® solution, which can help you achieve your application modernization goals as part of your journey to cloud.

2020 Wave Leader

The Forrester Wave report named IBM API Connect a 2020 Leader in API management solutions.

See how IBM API Connect stands out


IBM API Connect security is built on the advanced IBM® DataPower® Gateway. It includes a single, signed, encrypted gateway, which greatly reduces your risk of a cybersecurity incident.


IBM API Connect holds 22% of market share — more than any other competitor.¹ It's a trusted API solution to manage and protect services and data across multicloud environments.


With a microservices-based architecture that can seamlessly scale its components to meet SLAs, IBM API Connect improves the API user experience while maintaining performance.


An award-winning user experience design makes it easy for you to rapidly create, secure and manage APIs, reducing administrative time so you can get more from your investment.


IBM API Connect adapts to your needs and works wherever your applications and data live — on premises, in containers or in the cloud — deploying anywhere Docker containers are supported.


IBM API Connect delivers the tools to create, secure, manage and share APIs agilely, while maintaining continuous availability, so you can expand your API strategy to meet changing user needs.

The IBM team refined the API platform to expertly handle the vast majority of potential business use cases. Here are the top four.

Create your APIs

Create APIs

Accelerate API developer productivity with simplified methods and a built-in toolkit. These features allow developers to automatically create APIs that expose data, microservices, enterprise applications and SaaS services.

Help secure your APIs

Help secure APIs

Expose existing systems of record, databases or services through APIs more securely to develop new mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and web applications. Easily apply built-in policies to help secure, control and mediate API delivery with virtually unmatched scale.

Manage your APIs

Manage APIs

Publish, govern, socialize, analyze, monitor and monetize APIs rapidly, with built-in capabilities at every stage of the lifecycle, from planning, designing and developing to testing, deploying and retiring.

Socialize your APIs

Socialize APIs

Engage internal and external API consumers through both a company-branded self-service portal and community-building capabilities. This action can drive API discovery and monetization, and broaden business and partnerships.

Play the game

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Successfully manage APIs across clouds

IBM API Connect enables you to centrally manage your APIs across multicloud deployments. It offers security-rich support to deploy and independently scale components based on workload across multiple diverse services and platforms. This includes public clouds like IBM Cloud®, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, and private clouds like IBM Cloud Private and standard Kubernetes. This innovative container-based and microservices-based design provides you with unmatched scalability and performance. 

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Use IBM API Connect to create, secure, manage and socialize your full ecosystem of APIs.

Meet the advanced features of IBM API Connect

Manage APIs for internal use, or to externally monetize and manage services as REST or SOAP APIs with the intuitive API manager user interface.

IBM DataPower Gateway

More about DataPower Gateway

Use this IBM gateway to help secure, control and log API traffic and interactions on an enterprise level, handling complex integrations and supporting containers while maintaining system performance.

Developer portal

More about developer portal

Share your APIs with application developers through a company-branded portal. Developers can discover and subscribe to APIs as well as register and deploy associated applications.

Developer toolkit

More about developer toolkit

Get all the tools your API developers need for modeling, developing and testing APIs and LoopBack® applications, and then publishing them to API Connect.

Cloud manager

More about cloud manager

Let your cloud administrator easily configure, manage and monitor your API Connect on-premises cloud with a simple user interface.

Get API lifecycle support from one of the industry’s best

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No. 1 market share

IDC recognized IBM API Connect as the market share leader for 2018, with more share than the next two competitors combined.

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2020 Wave Leader

The Forrester Wave market report named IBM API Connect a 2020 Leader among API management solutions.

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2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant

Gartner named IBM a Leader for the fourth time in the 2020 Magic Quadrant for Full Lifecycle API Management.


Client stories

IBM API Connect wins 2019 iF Design Award

For the second year in a row, the iF Design Awards recognized the work of the IBM Cloud design team. This year, the team won for its design of IBM API Connect in the Communications — Software Application category. The iF label is renowned worldwide for its outstanding design services, and the iF Design Award is among one of the greatest design accomplishments. A jury consisting of top experts from around the world reviewed 6,375 entries submitted from 52 countries.

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¹ IDC Worldwide Integration Middleware and API Management Software Market Shares, 2017: Business Is Booming Including License Revenue, July 2018.