A Curated Collection of Over 150 API’s to Build Great Products

Ben Libor
Ben Libor
Sep 15, 2016 · 9 min read

Let’s talk about a few awesome API’s today.

Don’t know what an API is? Read this.

Let’s go!!!

This article lists 153 API’s in the following categories:

  • Advertising (4)
  • Classifieds (2)
  • Communication (5)
  • Crime (4)
  • Data & Knowledge (6)
  • Dev Tools (18)
  • Food (11)
  • Entertainment (3)
  • Fun (13)
  • Gaming (4)
  • Google (25)
  • Location (11)
  • Marketplace for API’s (1)
  • Mashups (14)
  • News (3)
  • Social Services (18)
  • Social Tools (5)
  • Sport (2)
  • Weather (4)

1. ADVERTISING

Yahoo APT API

Buy and Sell advertising on Yahoo through this API.

Yahoo Search Marketing API

Allows access to Yahoo marketing data for managing marketing campaigns.

Ad Exchange Buyer

Accesses your bidding-account information, submits creatives for validation, finds available direct deals, and retrieves performance reports.

Ad Exchange Seller

Accesses the inventory of Ad Exchange seller users and generates reports.

2. CLASSIFIEDS

eBay API

Search eBay categories, post things for sale, display eBay listings on other sites, and search bidder information.

3Taps API

Allows access to Craigslist, apartments.com, Indeed, eBay Motors, cars.com, Hemmings Motor News, and Backpage APIs.

3. COMMUNICATION

Twilio

VoiP & Text Messaging

Lob

Email Postcards

Slack_

Slack Web Api

Telegram

Two kinds of APIs for developers: The Bot API allows you to easily create programs that use Telegram messages for an interface. The Telegram API allows you to build your own customized Telegram clients. You are welcome to use both APIs free of charge.

Kandy

Massaging and video calling

4. CRIME

The Counted

officer-involved killings in the US

Crime Data

let’s you get most recent and historical crime data so you feel safe in your neighbourhood.

5. DATA & KNOWLEDGE

Amazon Big Data

Terabytes and terabytes of data

Common Crawl

Lots of data, petabytes of it

Census API

Access vast datasets from the census on demographics, population, and economic data.

Europeana APIs

Build applications that utilize a wealth of cultural heritage objects in the Europeana repository.

Answers

The Answers API lets you access the collective knowledge contained within Yahoo! Answers. You can search Answers based on a variety of criteria (including specific user, category, and more), set your app to watch for new questions in the categories you choose, and track new answers from specific users.

Geode Systems

lotsa data

6. DEV TOOLS

Algolia

Search as a Service

Firebase

Build your own API

import.io

turns HTML pages to JSON

Steam

PCMR incoming

IBM Watson

Cognitive Computing with IBM

Wolfram Alpha

Access the Wolfram|Alpha platform at multiple levels — from individual results to complete Wolfram|Alpha output pages

IFTTT

Connect the apps and devices you love with “if this, then that” statements

Programmable Web API’s

/thread (though keep going, this is fun)

ZenDesk

providing a common API for sharing customer support tickets between separate instances of issue tracking systems using JSON and REST

Ning

Ning offers a set of APIs for developing desktop and mobile apps, custom network features, profile apps, and data importers.

WordPress

A variety of ways to extend WordPress through plugins.

Dropbox

Allows your app to sync files and data with Dropbox, giving you access to the Dropboxes of over 300 million global users.

Janrain

Tools to recognize customers across platforms, offer single sign-on, and social login.

Amazon S3

Use Amazon storage to utilize your own API. Free tier includes 5GB storage, 20,000 Ger Requests, and 2,000 Put requests.

Tropo

The Tropo API adds Twitter, IM, voice and SMS functionality to a variety of common programming languages. Development is free, though sending messages varies in price (with Twitter and IM messages currently free).

7. ENTERTAINMENT

Star Wars API

All aboard the hype train

Marvel Comics API

The Marvel Comics API allows developers everywhere to access information about Marvel’s vast library of comics — from what’s coming up, to 70 years ago

Spotify

let’s you search and lookup metadata about artists, tracks and albums

musiXmatch

let’s you legally display lyrics of over 640k artists and 13M tracks on your app or website

SoundCloud

Build apps that allow users to upload and share sound online.

Netflix Roulette

will let you access Netflix database (which is not open anymore)

Programmers API

TV Show Info

EchoNest

The API behind Spotify’s music recommendations, similiar artists and radio.

redirect Video Games Rating

retrieves game rating. It also retrieves platforms, thumbnail and a short description.

Tastekid

This API allows you to integrate suggestions for music, movies, shows, and books based on their suggestion database.

Yahoo Connected TV

Enables users to write TV apps in Javascript to deliver dynamic content.

8. FOOD

Nutritionix

Nutrition DB

USDA National Nutrient Database

United States Department of Agriculture

Recipe API

let’s you access over 330,000 recipes and 80,000 food products

9. FUN

Yoda Speak

let’s you turn your sentences and webpage into Yoda like sentences.

Natural Language Processing (NLP) Service

including sentiment analysis, content extraction, and language detection.

Random Famous Quotes

gets you a random quote from famous movies in JSON format

Face detection

let’s you detect the information of a given photo (e.g. face location, age, race, gender etc.)

Meme API

Meme is a multimedia light-blogging platform. The API lets you create apps that can read, post, and repost content through Meme.

MEME Generator

let’s you generate memes by choosing preloaded images, and short top and bottom text sentences

Image recognition

by Viscovery let’s you add and edit images for searching and matching

Love Calculator

let’s you enter your name and the name of your partner/lover/crush to find Love compatibility & chances of successful love relationship.

FoaaS

Fuck off as a Service

BreweryDB

Beer, beer, beer

Gender Guesser

will guess whether a first name is of male or female gender in the USA

Kitten Placeholder

generates random pictures of cute kittens or adorable cats for your app/website, or just for your personal amusement

Robohash Image Generator

generates cool looking robot image for any text

10. GAMING

Riot Games

Stats straight from the source

Battle.net

Blizzard

Moneypot

BitCoin Gambling

Pokémon API

All the Pokémon data you’ll ever need, in one place,
and easily accessible through a modern RESTful API.

11. GOOGLE

Accelerated Mobile Pages

This API contains a single method, batchGet. Call this method to retrieve the AMP URL (and equivalent AMP Cache URL) for given public URL(s).

Ad Exchange Buyer

Accesses your bidding-account information, submits creatives for validation, finds available direct deals, and retrieves performance reports.

Ad Exchange Seller

Accesses the inventory of Ad Exchange seller users and generates reports.

AdSense Management

Accesses AdSense publishers’ inventory and generates performance reports.

Analytics Reporting

The Analytics Reporting API provides access to Analytics report data.

APIs Discovery Service

Provides information about other Google APIs, such as what APIs are available, the resource, and method details for each API.

Blogger

Limited AvailabilityAPI for access to the data within Blogger.

Books

Searches for books and manages your Google Books library.Consumer

Surveys

Creates and conducts surveys, lists the surveys that an authenticated user owns, and retrieves survey results and information about specified surveys.

Content API for Shopping

Manages product items, inventory, and Merchant Center accounts for Google Shopping.

Calendar

Manipulates events and other calendar data.

Fitness

Stores and accesses user data in the fitness store from apps on any platform.

Gmail API

Access Gmail mailboxes including sending user email.

Google Analytics

Views and manages your Google Analytics data.

Google Play Movies Partner

Gets the delivery status of titles for Google Play Movies Partners.

Google Proximity Beacon

Registers, manages, indexes, and searches beacons.

Google Sheets

Reads and writes Google Sheets.

Knowledge Graph Search

Knowledge Graph Search API allows developers to search the Google Knowledge Graph for entities.

PageSpeed Insights

Analyzes the performance of a web page and provides tailored suggestions to make that page faster.

Tasks

Lets you manage your tasks and task lists.

Translate

Translates text from one language to another.

URL Shortener

Lets you create, inspect, and manage goo.gl short URLs

YouTube Analytics

Retrieves your YouTube Analytics data.

YouTube Data

Supports core YouTube features, such as uploading videos, creating and managing playlists, searching for content, and much more.

YouTube Reporting

Schedules reporting jobs containing your YouTube Analytics data and downloads the resulting bulk data reports in the form of CSV files.

12. LOCATION

Free Geo IP

Get geolocation of IP

Geo Names

Names of places

Google Maps

Google Maps for Work API

NASA

Available NASA Datasets, APIs, Visualizations, and More

Yelp

Find geographically-oriented data, search by highest ratings, distance from location.

Foursquare

Use the API to access Foursquare’s places database detailing users and merchants.

Local API

The Local API lets you access location-based information and user-contributed content.

Maps APIs

Yahoo! offers a number of APIs for their Maps services, including an Ajax API, a REST API, and a No Coding API.

PlaceFinder

The PlaceFinder API, similar to Google’s GeoCoding API, and lets you convert a street address into geographic coordinates.

Fire Eagle Developer

The Fire Eagle API helps you create location-aware websites and applications.

Zillow Neighborhood Information

Real estate site Zillow offers APIs that give access to neighborhood information that can be integrated into other applications. (They also offer a number of other APIs, including postings, property details, home valuations, and more.)

13. MARKETPLACE FOR API’S

Mashape

API Marketplace

14. MASHUPS

Trendsmap

Utilizes trending twitter hashtags with geospatial data, providing a live map of trending tweets. For a membership fee, historical data, higher levels of zoom, and analysis are available.

Poligraft

Enables users to place links to articles or copied pieces of text to receive the back story on political figures mentioned.

Spell With Flickr

Takes a word or string of words as input and creates a “ransom note” of different Flickr images for each character.

Housing Maps

Is a mashup between Craigslist and Google Maps that provides an interactive map of properties for rent or sale.

15. NEWS

New York Times

Article search, best sellers, campaign finance, community, most popular, real estate, movie reviews, NY state legislature, Times newswire, tags, people

The Guardian

Open Platform News, Content API, politics API, data storeThe Guardian

Yahoo RSS Feeds

Enables users to pull up content from sites sharing new posts on Yahoo RSS feeds.

16. SOCIAL

Reddit

All relevant Features

YouTube

YouTube API with almost all relevant features

Vimeo

Search for data on videos, groups, channels, albums, and activity

Twitter

Enables an app to interact with most of Twitter’s functions.

Instagram

Search photos by location, user, tags, view trending photos, and make custom items.

Facebook Graph

The primary way for apps to read and write to the Facebook social grap

Facebook Ads

The Ads API offers programmatic access to manage your Facebook ad campaigns, Custom Audiences, and reports.

Scoop.it

Find data on scoop.it users, topics, and posts.

Linkedin

Enables apps to connect to user accounts, data, connections,groups, communications, and social streams.

Google+

Enables apps to login to Google+ view connections, groups, posts, and contact information.

Pinterest

Access users’ Pinterest data, like their boards, Pins, followers and more

Tumblr

Create new ways to use Tumblr with access to content, likes, followers, and drafts.

Flickr

With the Flickr API you can view, search, and manipulate photo tags, display photos from a specific user or group, and more

VKontakte

Access and exchange information from Vkontakte’s servers

Meetup

Integrate Meetup groups and the corresponding data with larger apps or websites.

Klout

This API gives you “social influence” scores for people based on their social media profiles, followers, and activity.

Digg

Digg offers an API that lets you access their newsfeeds for your own sites and applications.

Delicious

The Delicious API gives read/write access to Delicious bookmarks and tags.

17. SOCIAL TOOLS

Awe.sm

Awe.sm offers a number of developer APIs for integrating their social media campaign tracking tools into your app or website.

Contacts

The Contacts API lets you access relationships in your Yahoo! address book. It reads a user’s Contacts information while respecting user privacy and permission settings.

Social Mention

The Social Mention API provides a stream of real-time search data from a number of social media services for integration into other applications. It’s free for personal and non-commercial use.

Opus Social Media

The Opus Social Media API can serve as a basis for developing a social networking and digital media site or app.

embed.ly

Add Any Media to Your Site

18. SPORT

FitBit

FitBit fitness tracker

JawBone

Jawbone fitness tracker

19. WEATHER

Wunderground

A database of reliable forecast and weather data in 80 languages.

Forecast.io

Because who hasn’t built a weather app?

Open Weather Map

yet more weather

YR.NO API

The largest weather database in the world. NOTE: Requires translation from Norwegian.

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Ben Libor

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Ben Libor

Startup advisor and investor from Berlin. In love with product design. Creator of www.spreadshare.co

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