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Application Programming Interface, it’s a mouthful and really doesn’t tell you much about what it is or what it means for you.
We really like this short snippet of a description from How-To-Geek comparing an API to the likes of a restaurant menu:
“The menu provides a list of dishes you can order, along with a description of each dish. When you specify what menu items you want, the restaurant’s kitchen does the work and provides you with some finished dishes. You don’t know exactly how the restaurant prepares that food, and you don’t really need to.”
In short, our API (the restaurant) provides you with documentation (the menu) which you can read through at any time here. Our API will cater the operations that you can use to make an idea into something tangible. You can take advantage of our backend resources to implement WeTransfer into pretty much any tool you use on a daily basis.
In a nutshell, you can use our API to communicate between services that perhaps you hadn’t realised could (or should) be connected.
Say for example you thought of an idea for an app for WeTransfer but it doesn’t exist. Rather than think, “I wish there was an app for that”, you can develop one yourself.
Have you seen what’s on the menu?
Check out this neat video below to see our very own Noah explain why we launched our Public API: