Activity Forums Salesforce® Discussions Define the terms API, API key and API id in Salesforce with an example?

  • shariq

    September 16, 2018 at 3:33 pm


    In simple language -

    API - application programming interface, A set of functions and procedures that allow the creation of applications which access the features or data of an operating system, application, or other service.

    API key - An application programming interface key (API key) is a unique code that is passed in to an application programming interface (API) to identify the calling application or user. API keys are used to track and control how the API is being used, for example to prevent malicious use or abuse of the API.


    Hope this helps.

  • Parul

    September 21, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Adding some points:

    Stands for "Application Programming Interface." ... The Windows API, for example, provides developers with user interface controls and elements, such as windows, scroll bars, and dialog boxes. It also provides commands for accessing the file system and performing file operations, such as creating and deleting files.

    API Key:

    If there is a public/private distinction, then the public key is one that you can distribute to others, to allow them to get some subset of information about you from the api. The private key is for your use only, and provides access to all of your data.




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