Akamai API

Deploy your APIs on Akamai's cloud delivery platform to simplify governance and maximize reliability.



Scale access and simplify policy and traffic controls for APIs.

APIs are crucial for enabling new customer-focused business models. Akamai API Gateway provides a single entry point for all API consumers and governs all API traffic. TThe Akamai Intelligent Platform provides API Gateway functionality that maximizes scalability and reliability while enabling you to push governance, authentication, and authorization to the edge. Here are four of API Gateway's key capabilitites for API developers:

We speak APIs

Create your API definition or import your Swagger or RAML API definitions to get going quickly. Automate your API deployment by seamlessly snapping into your existing DevOps workflow utilizing our rich set of administrative APIs.

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Scalable access control

Manage and allow the right users to call your APIs. Authenticate with API keys or authorize requests with JSON Web Tokens (JWT). Generate or import your API keys with ease. Validate access at the edge as opposed to your origin server.

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User quota enforcement

Set request quota at the user or application level. Enforce lifetime call volume by key. Enable tier access and enforce business SLAs.

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Supercharge your APIs

Unlock your API’s potential when you couple it with other Akamai solutions. Protect APIs from malicious traffic with Kona. Add caching & protocol optimizations with Ion. Achieve rock-solid API reliability.

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Getting started: Onboard your API now.

Deploying your APIs on Akamai can be done in five easy steps:


Add API Gateway to your contract

Use Marketplace in Luna to add the Gateway to an existing delivery product. Two clicks and you are done. The Gateway will be on your contract within an hour.


Add the API Gateway behavior in Property Manager

API Gateway runs atop Akamai's delivery products, unlocking all the benefits of routing and acceleration. Add the API Gateway behavior at the top level of your delivery configuration, and push it to production.


Import a Swagger or RAML file

You're likely writing Swagger or RAML definition documents for your API. Point Akamai to your definition file, and we instantly know everything about your API and how its constructed. No manual configuration of endpoints and resources needed.


Push your API to the network

Configure the Gateway settings you need, and push your configuration out to our network. That’s it! You can start making requests to see the power of the platform!


CNAME your API to Akamai

Make a DNS change to ensure that Akamai Edge servers are answering requests for your API domain name. We figure out where in the world your API client is located to ensure that client uses the Edge server closest to it.

API Gateway resources

Here's additional information about best practices and answers to common questions.


Understanding Swagger


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Troubleshooting Swagger

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Improve API Performance with Caching

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Enable API Gateway's capabilities


Discover API Gateway’s administrative APIs

Use Cases

Here's a quick look at three of our most-requested use cases for API Gateway.

APIs for a Mobile App or Single Page App (SPA)

  • Scale access control and keep developers focused on writing code with cloud authentication
  • Empower developers to tailor caching and delivery rules for each API

B2B or Partner API

  • Automate the partner onboarding process with administrative APIs to provision the API and access to it
  • Grant partners access to the appropriate APIs with defined quotas to prevent overconsumption

Data-as-a-Service API

  • Define access tiers and charge customers based on the number of requests per hour(s)/day/week/month
  • Prevent legitimate users from overloading the API with too many requests

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