As an API provider, you have developed a set of APIs to provide access to your backend services. Your next step is to build your developer portal to enable app developers to:
- Learn about your data and service offerings
- Learn how to use your APIs by reviewing comprehensive documentation, including example use case, tutorials, and reference documentation
- Register using a self-service process in order to build apps that use your APIs
Apigee supports several developer portal solutions, summarized in the following table, ranging from simple turn-key to fully customizable and extensible. When choosing a solution, you need to balance your customization requirements against the time and knowledge required to implement your portal.
|Apigee solution||Features||Hosted by Apigee?||Support
(Requires licensed subscription)
|Apigee integrated portal||Simple self-service portal development.||Yes||Apigee 24/7 support|
|Drupal 8/9 modules||Fully customizable option, based on a powerful, open source CMS integrated with Apigee using modules.||No||Apigee 24/7 support for break-fix issues|
|Do-it-yourself (DIY)||Fully customizable portal development using Apigee APIs.||No||Apigee 24/7 support for Apigee APIs only|
Choose your developer portal solution
To help you decide which developer portal solution to choose, consider the following decision tree and review the Comparison of developer portal features.
Consider building an Apigee integrated portal if you plan to support common use cases for portal development, such as standard registration and app creation flows, and more stylistic than functional changes.
Comparison of developer portal features
|Portal content development using Markdown|
|Portal content development using HTML|
|API reference doc rendered from OpenAPI specifications|
|OpenAPI Specification version 3 support|
|Send live requests from your API reference|
|Third-party tags, like Google Analytics|
|Custom domain name|
|Terms and conditions for account creation|
|Mobile device display optimization|
|Integration with custom scripts and script tags|
|Email template configuration|
|CAPTCHA to prevent spam|
|Roles and permissions for developer/consumer accounts|
|Content management APIs||Using Drupal|
|Blog and forums||**|
|Page templates for content creation|
|App analytics on the portal|
|Rules-based event management|
|Extensible with add-on modules|
|Custom app registration flows|
|Custom developer registration flows|
|Microsoft Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge support||Microsoft Edge only|
Build an integrated portal
Create a lightweight developer portal quickly in the Apigee UI. Navigate to https://apigee.google.com/edge, sign-in, and select Publish > Portals in the side navigation bar of the hybrid UI. For complete details, see Build your integrated portal.
The following figure shows the landing page for the integrated portal.
Build a Drupal-based portal
Using the Drupal portal development tools, you can build a fully customizable developer portal. Drupal provides a rich set of functionality and all the CMS capabilities of Drupal with additional Apigee-developed Drupal modules. However, implementing a Drupal-based portal requires more time and effort.
Hybrid supports Drupal 8 and 9, which provides a reliable open-source, enterprise-level content management system (CMS). Because Drupal 8/9 is open-source, you can extend and contribute to the Drupal 8/9 portal development framework and leverage the knowledge of the Drupal community. For more information, see Build your portal using Drupal 8/9.
Build your own portal using Apigee APIs
Build your own, fully customized portal leveraging Apigee APIs summarized in the following table. For more information, refer to the sections outlined in the following table.
|Analytics||Stats||View analytics for your APIs.|
|API Keys||Developer App Keys||Manage API keys used to authorize the usage of APIs in apps.|
|API Products||API Products||Manage the API products that you publish to the developer portal.|
|Applications||Apps||Manage the applications registered by developers to consume your APIs.|
|Developers||Developers||Manage the developers that have registered on your developer portal.|
Simplify the integration of your portal client using the Apigee Client Library for PHP. The SDK makes it easy to write PHP modules that use the Apigee APIs described in the previous table. For more information about the Apigee API Client Library for PHP, see: