2022 State of the API Report

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Global Growth of APIs

Over the last 12 months, the global growth of the API ecosystem has been strong, from the number of practitioners and countries represented to the number of API requests sent.

Since the 2021 State of the API report was released, the Postman API Platform saw significant surges in use:

  • Users: 20 million

  • Collections created: 38 million

  • Requests created: 1.13 billion

APIs are global

What are the top geographic regions creating collections and sending requests? We wanted to know, and we wanted to compare them with the rest of the world. Here's how it breaks down:

Countries and geographic areas: 234, including just about every country in the world, and even Antarctica.

Number of Collections Created
Top ten:
15,911,833
Rest of world:
10,261,827
USA:
5,426,426
India:
4,669,393
China:
2,650,422
Brazil:
1,444,375
UK:
977,788
Russia:
800,647
France:
748,791
Germany:
714,916
Indonesia:
613,921
Canada:
591,357
Number of Requests Created
Top ten:
528,867,434
Rest of world:
330,216,798
USA:
193,621,303
India:
173,219,417
China:
51,199,081
Brazil:
39,524,329
UK:
35,965,359
France:
25,922,549
Russia:
23,845,218
Indonesia:
23,276,800
Germany:
23,143,649
Canada:
22,056,181

Most popular APIs

We looked across the Postman Public API Network, the world's largest public API hub, to see which API collections were forked most over the past year. Here's what we found:

Salesforce Platform APIs: 58556%
Twitter API: 29838%
Notion API: 24075%
Microsoft Graph: 18981%
Slack Web API: 13485%
WhatsApp Cloud API: 12891%
Google Maps Platform: 11702%
Stripe API: 9559%
DocuSign REST API: 7207%
PayPal Public APIs: 6469%
Datadog: 4479%
Feishu OpenAPI: 4175%
Zoho CRM REST APIs: 2913%
Razorpay APIs: 2648%
MongoDB Data API: 1955%

The 2022 API Platform Landscape

As more companies recognize APIs as the building blocks of modern software, API tools and services are evolving to meet their needs. These offerings span the API lifecycle, including design, testing, and security. They also include repositories for source code, API gateways, application performance monitoring, and CI/CD—all of which must integrate with API platforms to achieve optimal results.

Navigating this landscape requires careful thought. Here's our view of the API Platform Landscape today:

Infographic of the 2022 API Platform Landscape.