API stands for Application Programming Interface, which is a set of protocols, routines, and tools for building software and applications. An API defines how software components should interact, allowing for communication between different systems and enabling data and functionality to be shared between them.
APIs allow for various functions of a software application to be accessible to external developers, who can use the API to create their own applications and services that integrate with the original software. This can result in increased functionality, improved user experiences, and enhanced data exchange between systems.
APIs can be used to connect different platforms, services, and devices, and they can be implemented through a variety of technologies, including REST, SOAP, and GraphQL.