Top Free APIs for Mobile App Development

Some of the most useful free (or freemium) mobile APIs.

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Mobile App Development APIs

About mobile app development APIs

Putting mobile apps together is hard work. But there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Many existing apps have great well-designed features already. If third-party app developers require certain popular features in their projects, they can simply integrate them into their work using APIs.

What are mobile app development APIs?

An API, or application programming interface, is a set of pre-prepared coding instructions that third-party apps can subsume into their designs. These coding instructions provide third-party apps with pre-prepared functions, relieving developers of the responsibility to code in those functions from scratch. A mobile app development API is just an API meant to assist programmers in setting up mobile apps and providing them with various features.

How do mobile app development APIs work?

All APIs function according to a fairly straightforward general template. Usually, they are based on what’s known as a REST architecture, meaning that they use HTTP requests to handle and update data. Specifically, this happens whenever users want to request, post, and delete some kind of data. The REST API then returns the data in JSON, which can then be used by a third-party mobile app to do further things.

This general architecture allows even free APIs for app development to carry out a great many different functions.

Who is mobile app development APIs for?

Mobile app development APIs are meant for mobile app developers who want to simplify their work without settling for a drop in the quality of their apps. The best APIs for mobile apps can do this seamlessly. They can provide maximal increases in in-app functionality for minimal work.

Why are mobile app development APIs important?

Since mobile app development can be difficult, APIs are an incredibly helpful tool. They enable developers to put many of the best already-existing features into their apps and keep their customers happy. Easier app-building means more and better apps, which leads to happier users.

What can you expect from mobile app development APIs?

When developers grab any free APIs for Android or iOS from RapidAPI, they can expect to vastly improve the capabilities of the mobile apps they design. Music apps can gain easy access to the streaming library Spotify; shipping apps can use geolocation data from Google Maps or REST Countries, and so on. Users can therefore also expect greatly enhanced experiences.

Are there examples of free mobile app development APIs?

Yes. Rapid API has plenty of free APIs for app development. Their functionalities and capabilities cover an extremely diverse range. Rest Countries v1 can provide geolocation data for shipping apps, RAWGS Video Game Database can give mobile apps access to a huge collection of games, and the FacebookGraph API is perfect to help companies manage their social media presence free of charge. Check out RapidAPI to find even more free APIs for Androids and iPhones.

Top Free (and Freemium) APIs for Mobile App Development

Check out this collection of free (and freemium) APIs for mobile apps. The collection includes:

APIs for Mobile App Development SDKs

All APIs for mobile app development are supported and made available in multiple developer programming languages and SDKs including:

  1. Node.js
  2. PHP
  3. Python
  4. Ruby
  5. Objective-C
  6. Java (Android)
  7. C# (.NET)
  8. cURL

Just select your preference from any API endpoints page.

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What is an API?

API stands for Application Programming Interface. APIs act like building blocks, and allow you to create applications much faster. It is more efficient and convenient to use the capabilities of one of the APIs than to try to independently implement similar functionality. See a simple API example here.

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