Which API Gateway to choose?

which api gateway to choose?


In the previous posts we have discussed what role API gateway plays within the technology landscape and why would technology teams apply this pattern.

This page lists popular API gateway options available in the market (both – open source and proprietary ones).

Each entry in the list contains the short review based on API gateway evaluation checklist.

The goal of this list is to provide the initial guidance for someone who is doing technical evaluation of API gateway products for their organization.


Kong API gateway is an open source API management solution. It is based on Nginx and OpenResty web framework which gives it robust foundations.

Kong has modular architecture with support for plugins. OAuth 2.0, JWT, Rate Limiting and others are among plugins available to use.

Kong also has management APIs which allow programmatic provisioning of API endpoints.


3Scale API gateway is based on Nginx technology and OpenResty web framework – similar to already mentioned Kong.

Even after RedHat bought 3Scale in 2017 its still a proprietary & closed source product at the time of writing. They offer cloud hosted version of API Gateway product with 90 days free trial.


Express Gateway

Loopback API Framework


IBM API Connect

AWS API Gateway

Google Cloud API Endpoints

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