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Create an API - Cloud

Tutorial: Create an API with the Dashboard

We have a video walkthrough for creating an API

We will use the Tyk Dashboard to create a very simple API that has no special elements set up.

Step 1: Select "APIs" from the "System Management" section

API listing page link location

Step 2: Click "ADD NEW API"

Add API button location

Step 3: Set up the Base Configuration for your API

API Designer

In this section:

  • API Name: The name you want to give this group of endpoints. This will represent the API.
  • API Slug: The URL segment that will map to this API, e.g. if set to widgets then the full API URL will be
  • Target URL: The upstream origin that hosts the service you want to proxy to.
  • Enable round-robin load balancing: This allows you to enter more than one target URL. We will ignore this for now.

Step 4: Set up the Authentication for your API

From the Authentication section:

Target details form

You have the following options:

  • Authentication mode: This is the security method to use with your API. There can be only one per API. In this case, set it to Auth Token, as this is the simplest security mechanism to use.
  • Strip Authorization Data: Select this option to strip any authorization data from your API requests.
  • Auth Key Header Name: The header name that will hold the token on inbound requests. The default for this is Authorization.
  • Allow Query Parameter As Well As Header: Set this option to enable checking the query parameter as well as the header for an auth token. For this tutorial, leave this unchecked.
  • Use Cookie Value: It is possible to use a cookie value as well as the other two token locations. Set this as unchecked.
  • Enable client certificate: Select this to use the Mutual TLS functionality introduced in v1.4. See Mutual TLS for details on implementing Mutual TLS.

Step 5: Save the API

Click SAVE

Save button location

Once saved, you will be taken back to the API list, where the new API will be displayed.

To see the URL given to your API, select the API from the list to open it again. The API URL will be displayed in the top of the editor:

API URL location

Tutorial: Create an API with the API

It is possible to create APIs using Tyk's Gateway REST API. You will need an API key for your organisation and one command to create the API and make it live.

Step 1: Get an API Key

From the Tyk Dashboard, select "Users" from the "System Management" section. Click Edit for your user, then scroll to the bottom of the page. Your API Key is the first entry:

API key location

Step 2: Create an API

To create the API, let's send a definition to the /apis endpoint replacing the Authorization header with your own:

curl -H "Authorization: 1238b7e0e2ff4c2957321724409ee2eb" \
  -s \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
  -X POST \
  -d '{
    "api_definition": {
      "name": "Test API",
      "slug": "test-api",
      "auth": {
        "auth_header_name": "Authorization"
      "definition": {
        "location": "header",
        "key": "x-api-version"
      "version_data": {
        "not_versioned": true,
        "versions": {
          "Default": {
            "name": "Default",
            "use_extended_paths": true
      "proxy": {
        "listen_path": "/test-api/",
        "target_url": "",
        "strip_listen_path": true
      "active": true
  }' | python -mjson.tool

If the command succeeds, you will see:

  "Status": "OK",
  "Message": "API created",
  "Meta": "59c8cdfd4913111112b0b5ec"

What did we just do?

We just sent an API Definition to the Tyk /apis endpoint. API Definitions are described further here. These objects encapsulate all of the settings for an API within Tyk Cloud.

Test your new API

To access the proxied API via the gateway on Tyk Cloud:

curl -H "Authorization: null"
  "error": "Key not authorised"

If you see the above output, then the API is loaded and is being protected by Tyk. You can now generate a token and try the same command in place of null to see if the request proxies.