If you are working on a software product, APIs are a powerful way to leverage the data or services of other software applications and communicate that information to your own application.

If you’re looking to learn what APIs are and how to use them, we’ve just released a new feature-length crash course on how to use Bubble’s built-in API Connector. Bubble’s no-code web app builder comes with an open API Connector that allows you to integrate with any software including Google Maps API, Spotify API, Twitter API, or your own custom application.

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Overview: What is an API and how do I use APIs?

APIs (stands for “application program interfaces”) allows one application to talk to another. One side (the client) requests information and then the other side (the server) responds. When building an application, APIs can let your app interact dynamically with data from leading social media tools, spreadsheets and docs, CRMs, databases and more.

By the end of Bubble’s crash course, you’ll build a fully functional app that pulls all of its data from external APIs using no-code, so you know how to apply this to other popular API endpoints.

The video walks you step-by-step through how APIs work, and how to use Bubble’s API Connector, how to make common types of requests (GET, POST, PUT, PATCH, DELETE), and how authentication works.

How does Bubble’s API Connector work?

When using Bubble’s API Connector in your own custom Bubble app, you can connect with any API by making a request (as the client) and customizing the kind of response you receive from the external app (the server). These responses, depending on what the API allows, can then be used while building your webpage in Bubble, within elements or as actions in your Bubble app's workflows.

What is an API Building Apps on Bubble

In our full free video crash course, you can follow along and build a fun example Bubble app from scratch that will use the API Connector to connect to an external movie database application.

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You can also download the design template of the video's example application.

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