You will want to begin by signing up for a free RapidAPI Account if you don't already have one. An account is required to test APIs, integrate them into your application, and track analytics. Sign up from the Homepage by clicking the button in the top right corner.
The first thing you'll want to do is locate an API you want to start using. Let's find a weather API for this example. To get started, you can enter 'weather' in the search bar, which will return the top results for your search term.
If you are just getting started with your project or don't know exactly what you are looking for, consider browsing the many collections and categories of APIs we have on the homepage for some inspiration.
Press the enter key to complete the full search. You will see collections and APIs that match your search. To refine the search, filter by Categories, Collections, Tags, and more in the top left corner.
From the full search results, you can select the API that best fits your needs by using the information provided such as popularity score, average latency, and average success rate.
There is also a pop-over to preview some of the most popular endpoints of the API and see if the API is Paid, Free, or Freemium. For this example, let's look at the Dark Sky API.
Once you select your API, the first page you will see is the API Endpoints page. This includes most of the information needed to get started. The API endpoints page includes navigation, a list of endpoints, the documentation of the currently selected endpoint, and a code snippet to help you get started with your code (available in many different programming languages).
Once you reach the API page, the first thing you will need to do is see if the API has a pricing page as part of the navigation bar. If it does have pricing, you will need to subscribe to an API plan before making a request to the API.
API Pricing Plans
You can learn more about the different types of API Pricing and how billing works here
If the API has pricing associated with it, you will need to select a pricing plan before calling the API. Prices are based on a recurring monthly subscription based on the plan selected — plus overage fees applied if you exceed a plan’s quota limits.
A lot of APIs have a BASIC free plan, which means you can use that plan to test the API for free as long as you stay within the quota limits. It’s your responsibility to review and acknowledge the plan’s usage limitations.
Staying In Your API Plan Quota Limit
It is extremely important to know how close you are to the quota limit for your subscription. You will be charged for any additional usage that goes over the limit. You can see your usage and remaining quota amount from the Developer Dashboard(https://rapidapi.com/developer/dashboard) or by using the response headers
Now that you have subscribed to an API plan, you will want to head back to the Endpoints tab. From here you can test the API endpoint directly in the browser by changing the input for the endpoint. Once you make a request to the API by using the Test Endpoint button, you will also see the response directly in the browser.
Once you find an API you want to integrating into an application, simply switch back to the Request Snippet tab. Now, select the programing language your app is using and copy the code snippet right into your app. We also provide an installation guide to help you get started with the request library provided. For more help integrating the API into your application, check out our SDK Guide.
Updated 6 months ago