What is an API?

API stands for Application Programming Interface. Still scratching your head? That’s okay… you’re not alone. It’s just a fancy name for a communication tool that will save you time! An API allows for programs (software) to talk to one another in order to share information. Aplos has an Open API, which means other software platforms can integrate their information into Aplos with ease. Have you ever used software that had 3rd party apps? If so, you have already seen what an API can do. Each of those 3rd party apps has been written to the software’s API, allowing them to integrate seamlessly.

Here’s an example of how this would work with Aplos. Let’s say you’re using a donor management platform to keep track of your donors and their contributed amounts, and you use Aplos for your accounting. Instead of manually entering the deposit transactions for those donations, you can instead link your donor management platform with Aplos through the API, which will allow the information to be passed through seamlessly.

Creating an API connection does require software development. However, once a connection has been created, using it is a breeze. If you are interested in learning more about how to use our Open API, check out our API Documentation. To learn more about our current integrations, click here.

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