APIs enable software teams to build sophisticated applications, connect their system with internal and external services, integrate with other solutions to extend the solution they offer. Take the popular image background remover website remove.bg as an example; not only this website allows you to upload your image and remove the background but also it offers an API that you can use to integrate with your software. APIs like Remove BG allows software teams to provide a solution to their customer for such a complex technical problem. In this article, we go through 4 ways to use APIs.
Table of Contents
- Free APIs to play with
- Use APIs via a programming language
- Use APIs via an HTTP client
- Use APIs via Command-line
- Use APIs via browser
Free APIs to play with
If you don’t have any API handy to try it out, feel free to use one of the free APIs in our list.
- The Rick and Morty API is available in REST and GraphQL. Please check the docs section for more information about how to use their API.
- HTTP Bin offers API for different usecases. For example, you can send requests to /anything endpoint. The response contains the request information.
Use APIs via a programming language
Use APIs via an HTTP client
As we mentioned in our What is API article, APIs are computer programs without a user interface. HTTP clients allow you to interact with APIs, just like the way you would use your keyboard or mouse to interact with a desktop application. There are varieties of HTTP clients, both free and paid to use. The screenshot below shows Postman, a popular HTTP client application.
Use APIs via Command-line
If you’re familiar with terminals, you can use terminal commands including cURL or wget to use APIs. The screenshot below shows how one would send a GET request to fetch information from an API.
Use APIs via browser
fetch("https://rickandmortyapi.com/api/character/2").then((r) => r.json()).then((r) => console.log(JSON.stringify(r, null, 2)));
The following result will be printed for you.