API management platform company 3scale has launched APItools, a free service for developers as a tool to track and monitor all of an application's API traffic.
The product also includes the capability to transform and modify inbound and outbound traffic, as well as analyze flows to detect peaks and problems.
By helping application developers interact with APIs, the firm aims to remove barriers to API adoption and unlock their value. APItools saves developers time in terms of learning how an API works, allowing them to test and debug their app, and provide simpler way to transform traffic, and use middleware keys and headers.
Operations teams are also said to benefit from APItools' ability to monitor their API endpoint/methods, control all traffic for different apps in one place, and set up tests/alerts for errors.
"As the API industry continues to evolve, developers increasingly depend on APIs for applications to function, but managing the dependencies this creates can be extremely time consuming. Over time we've built internal tools to help do this and APItools makes these accessible to others for use," said Steve Willmott, CEO of 3scale. "The launch of APITools is our latest effort to bring APIs to the mainstream and help both API providers and developers realize their value without the friction that exists today."
"I've been using APItools internally to track API Traffic and at hackathons for projects and it's great to have this visibility and control," said Nicolas Grenie, one of 3scale's developer evangelists. "Although there are a lot of tools out there to manage APIs as a provider, if you're a developer using those APIs there is little available, so it's great that we can release this for wider use."