The API Platform framework
API Platform is a next-generation web framework designed to easily create API-first projects without compromising extensibility and flexibility:
- Design your own data model as plain old PHP classes or import an existing one from the Schema.org vocabulary
- Expose in minutes a hypermedia REST API with pagination, data validation, access control, relation embedding, filters and error handling...
- Benefit from Content Negotiation: GraphQL, JSON-LD, Hydra, HAL, YAML, JSON, XML and CSV are supported out of the box
- Enjoy the beautiful automatically generated API documentation (Swagger/OpenAPI)
- Add a convenient Material Design administration interface built with React without writing a line of code
- Scaffold a fully functional Single-Page-Application built with React, Redux, React Router and Bootstrap thanks to the client generator
- Install a development environment and deploy your project in production using Docker
- Easily add JSON Web Token or OAuth authentication
- Create specs and tests with a developer friendly API testing tool on top of Behat
The official project documentation is available on the API Platform website.
API Platform embraces open web standards (Swagger, JSON-LD, Hydra, HAL, JWT, OAuth, HTTP...) and the Linked Data movement. Your API will automatically expose structured data in Schema.org/JSON-LD. It means that your API Platform application is usable out of the box with technologies of the semantic web.
It also means that your SEO will be improved because Google leverages these formats.
Last but not least, API Platform is built on top of the Symfony framework. It means than you can:
- use thousands of Symfony bundles with API Platform
- integrate API Platform in any existing Symfony application
- reuse all your Symfony skills and benefit of the incredible amount of Symfony documentation
- enjoy the popular Doctrine ORM (used by default, but fully optional: you can use the data provider you want, including but not limited to MongoDB ODM and ElasticSearch)