Which API is most popular?

May 7, 2024 ยท 2 min read

When building an application, developers often rely on application programming interfaces (APIs) to integrate useful functionality without having to build everything from scratch. But with so many APIs available today, which ones see the most adoption? Here's an overview of some of the most popular APIs used by developers.

Google APIs

Google offers a suite of APIs that enable developers to integrate Google services into their applications. Some of the most widely used include:

  • Google Maps API: Used to embed Google Maps and add features like markers, overlays, and location search. Helpful for building mapping, navigation or location-based apps.
  • // Display map centered on London
    let map;
    function initMap() {
      map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById("map"), {
        center: {lat: 51.5074, lng: 0.1278},
        zoom: 8,
  • Google Analytics API: Used to programmatically access analytics data instead of using the Analytics web interface. Helpful for building custom dashboards or analytics integrations.
  • Google Calendar API: Enables apps to integrate with Google Calendar to create events, retrieve calendars, and more. Useful for productivity apps.
  • Facebook APIs

    Facebook's Graph API allows developers to read and write data to Facebook such as profiles, pages, posts, photos and comments. This is essential for building any Facebook integrated experience such as:

  • Social apps that use Facebook for login, sharing, friends, etc.
  • Marketing apps that manage Facebook pages and ads.
  • Community apps that embed Facebook discussions.
  • Twilio API

    The Twilio API powers communication capabilities like SMS, phone calls, and video chat. It's popular for enabling apps to:

  • Send text messages and make phone calls. Useful for order confirmations, reminders, notifications, etc.
  • Add audio/video chat features. Helpful for apps like telehealth, dating & social communities.
  • Stripe API

    Stripe's API handles payments, subscriptions and invoicing, making it easy for developers to add payment processing into their applications such as:

  • Ecommerce stores needing to accept online payments.
  • Subscription newsletters, podcasts, and other digital content services.
  • Marketplaces and platforms handling payments between users.
  • The above APIs from Google, Facebook, Twilio and Stripe are certainly among the most widely adopted. However, there are many other excellent API options available today for nearly any development need.

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