What is an API Key?

Last Update: February 20, 2019

Good day to you all :) Today I like to give you a little insight about API keys.

What is an API-Key?

An application programming interface (API) is a collection of definitions on the basis of which a computer program can communicate with another program or component.

An API key is an abbriviation of Application Programming Interface. It is a code used by computer programs that call our API to identify the used program. API keys prevent malicious use. It is a unique identifier for verification. The user of an API-key gets often special rights too.

Een Api-key is working through a webfleet.connect account. It simplifies access to Webfleet.connect. You do not have to have an account with Webfleet.connect yourself, the company you work with has an account there. They ensure that you get access rights.

Nowadays people use data through different networks, geographical areas and devices. Web applications are used every day to shop, order food, check the weather, read the news or communicate with friends and family.


How can these applications enable users to use data from different applications with different devices around the world? How do the data come from one place to another? In most situations the answer is: they use APIs to communicate.

An application that communicates with the database via an API is often called a client. An API can easily be secured by means of a password. This is called an API key.

To put it simple

An API ensures that different systems can communicate well with each other and works with a password, in this case called KEY.

Enjoy your day:)


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N33 Premium
Thank you for answering the question I asked myself yesterday, Loes!

I am so asthonished, I don't remember why I had the question right now, but I think because I wouldn't know what to do with an API key, do you have to introduce it in the website or in a setting?
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Loes Premium
When you get an API key they give you the instructions where and how to put it on your site.
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techhound Premium
Good post on a topic people often find confusing.

APIs are the best form of web data acquisition because interfaces are published by the particular company. When you have the API and the key needed to access data, it's usually a simple mater of calling those interfaces (functions). As you state, many companies like webfleet.connect have applications to call the interfaces on your behalf. For those who want more control of the process and know how to code, they can apply for a API key and make the calls themselves.

Another form of web data acquisition is scraping data. This method is subject to major changes by the website owners and may require scraping algorithms to keep up with those changes constantly. Programmers of scraping algorithms are constantly scanning through the HTML to see why their programs suddenly stopped working. Scraping data has its legitimate uses but too many people abuse it which is why many companies prefer the API method.

The API key gives the company control to limit people from abusing the privilege. They can limit access by the number of calls made and can revoke access when they find someone trying to abuse the system.

Best Regards,
Jim
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Loes Premium
Thank you for this comprehensive addition, very much appreciated:)
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davehayes Premium
Great training Lies and good to see you again
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Loes Premium
Thanks Dave, I am every day around in the background:)
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davehayes Premium
Cool
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nurselizstar Premium
So good to see you again Loes. I have missed seeing your blogs as I always benefit from them for now or future use. Hope all is well!
Yay Us!! 🌟
Liz*
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Loes Premium
Thanks Liz*, thanks, yes I am doing well, I am around here every day, just not as active as before:)
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SondraM Premium
Thanks Loes, I've been seeing the "API term" floating around a lot lately but haven't fully understood. Now, I understand my 75%, if I don't have to talk about it....

So, I am assuming different types of platforms issue their own API keys to approved participants. Like Amazon? Travel industry?

Great seeing you. I still think you have my all time favorite signature
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Loes Premium
To approve, track and secure their connection
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SondraM Premium
Thank you.
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haroda Premium
Thanks, Loes!!! So it is pretty invisible for us, right? We do not have to do anything other than create a password to secure our network communication. Sound right?
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Loes Premium
When companies use API they offer it to you
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haroda Premium
Are those the internet companies? Are they the same as Share key code that we create to login to our internet?
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Loes Premium
No, an API key is provided and been placed in the back office of your website and is used by the company you are affiliated or connected with in some way to approve, track, and secure the connection
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haroda Premium
oh, ok. thank you!
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BobRoman Premium
Great information - very useful!

Thanks so much for sharing!

Wish you smashing success!

Bob
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Loes Premium
Thanks Bob, same to you
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Loes,

Nice to see you again! As you know I am not technical so I only understand half of your post. I hope that it does not matter.
We are drying out in the South, coming days more than 20C, not normal.

Hasta Pronto, Taetske
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Loes Premium
Hi Taetske, temperatures are weird nowadays, greetings back to you from up North
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jivitaa339 Premium
Thanks for sharing Loes,
hope you are fine
Long time no see:)

Regards
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Loes Premium
Hi Shubhaangi, thanks, I am here daily, but not as active as I used to be:)
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JWhite5 Premium
Thanks for sharing Loes as you always do!
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Loes Premium
Thank you, my pleasure John:)
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CandP Premium
Thanks for telling us about this, Loes! We always learn from you.
C & P
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Loes Premium
My pleasure:))
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wmac Premium
It’s always something good to learn here at WA. Thanks again Loes.
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My pleasure sharing:)
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CLandi Premium
Only knew they were necessary to gain access to download a program such as Akismet.
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Loes Premium
Some sales companies are using them too
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TheresaHorn Premium
Oooh...I love your fancy signature!
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Loes Premium
Thank you, I love it too:) You can make your own:)
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TheresaHorn Premium
Cool, thanks!
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JaneMahlehle Premium
Great information Loes,
Thank you for sharing!
Jane.
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My pleasure Jane:)
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Stella2 Premium
Thanks Loes! I notice that Amazon uses API.

Also, when I bought my Premium theme, they gave me a license key to add here at WA. (Support helped me with it.)

Would that be the same as an API key?

Stella :-)
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Loes Premium
Hi Stella, yes, that's the same, it serves you with extra security
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Stella2 Premium
Cool, thanks! :-)
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Nkaujzeb Premium
Thanks for the info Loes.
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Loes Premium
You're very welcome Kelyee
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gohealthy Premium
Hi Loes, thanks for the info. Been taking things for granted, lol.
Have a great day.
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Loes Premium
You're very welcome, enjoy your day too Norleila, nice to see you again:)
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gohealthy Premium
Yes Loes, so nice to see familiar faces around. :)
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trymetoday Premium
Something I just download and use when required, but your explanation puts in to context thats understandable, thanks.
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Loes Premium
My pleasure to give you this explanation Paul
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Barney44 Premium
Thanks for enlightening me. Had not give it any thought before.

Barry
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Loes Premium
Not every company works with API keys but when they do have the option, you'd be wise to accept it:)
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Fleeky Premium
VEry helpful information.

API is used by developers and designers.
And often occurs on a more advanced level of webbuilding

Thank you Loes
Have a bright day
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Loes Premium
Hi Fleeky, yes, it's used by companies as e.g. Bol punt com. Have a nice day too
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apache1 Premium
Thank you Loes and great to hear from you as well. Hope all is going well
Andre
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Loes Premium
Hi Andre, yes I am very well, thanks for asking. Good to see you too:)
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apache1 Premium
Great to hear Loes not to get you back where you belong at the top. In time
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Loes Premium
I came to love the background position, Andre. Much calmer and less stressful;)
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apache1 Premium
So true it is better there all I am doing is just helping where I can the ranking never bother me and I couldn't care less I will be slowing down too so I can drop a few places too.
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Gordon-D Premium
A good informative blog Loes :-)
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Thanks Gordon:)
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Selenab1 Premium
Thank you for sharing. Never actually thought about what it meant, but definitely good to no.
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You're very welcome:)
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