Developer portal solutions

This page applies to Apigee and Apigee hybrid.

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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 10 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.

Flow diagram showing selections for Drupal or Apigee integrated portal

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

The following table provides a comparison of features between the Apigee integrated portal and the Drupal-based developer portal.

Feature Integrated portal Drupal
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
FedRAMP compliant As a fully customizable, open-source CMS solution, it is possible to implement a Drupal portal that is FedRamp compliant.
Custom theme
Custom menus
Third-party tags, like Google Analytics
Custom JavaScript code
Custom domain name
HTTPs enabled
Terms and conditions for account creation
Mobile device display optimization
Integration with custom scripts and script tags
SMTP configuration
Email template configuration
CAPTCHA to prevent spam
Roles and permissions for developer/consumer accounts
Federated login
Content management APIs   Using Drupal
Search configuration *
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
Portal logs
Link checker
Microsoft Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge support Microsoft Edge only
Regional hosting US only (As a custom solution, you can host a Drupal portal in the region or regions of your choice.)

Build an integrated portal

Create a lightweight developer portal quickly in the Apigee UI. Navigate to, 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.

Portal intro

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.

Apigee and hybrid support Drupal 10, which provides a reliable open-source, enterprise-level content management system (CMS). Because Drupal 10 is open-source, you can extend and contribute to the Drupal 10 portal development framework and leverage the knowledge of the Drupal community. For more information, see Build your portal using Drupal 10.

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.

Category Apigee APIs Description
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

Developer 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: