Documentation Documentation

Create an API - Pro Edition

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

  • From the API Settings section, add your API Name. This will also act as the slug for your API URL.
  • From the Targets section, add your Target URL. This will set the upstream origin that hosts the service you want to proxy to. For this tutorial you can use If you wish to use more than one target URL you can select Enable round-robin load balancing. For this tutorial, we will just use a single upstream target. See Load Balancing for more details.

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 Dashboard API

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

Obtain your Dashboard API key & Dashboard URL

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

Store your Dashboard Key, Dashboard URL & Gateway URL as environment variables so you don't need to keep typing them in:

export DASH_KEY=db8adec7615d40db6419a2e4688678e0

# Locally installed dashboard
export DASH_URL=http://localhost:3000/api

# Tyk's Cloud Dashboard
export DASH_URL=

# Locally installed gateway
export GATEWAY_URL=http://localhost:8080

# Your Cloud Gateway

Query the /api/apis endpoint to see what APIs are loaded

curl -H "Authorization: ${DASH_KEY}" ${DASH_URL}/apis

For a fresh install, you will see that no APIs currently exist

Create your first API

This example API definition configures the Tyk Gateway to reverse proxy to the request/response service.

To view the raw API definition object, you may visit:

curl -H "Authorization: ${DASH_KEY}" -H "Content-Type: application/json" ${DASH_URL}/apis \
  -d "$(wget -qO-"
{"Status":"OK","Message":"API created","Meta":"5de83a40767e0271d024661a"}

Take note of the API ID returned in the meta above - you will need it later.

export API_ID=5de83a40767e0271d024661a

Test your new API

curl ${GATEWAY_URL}/httpbin/get
  "args": {},
  "headers": {
    "Accept": "*/*",
    "Accept-Encoding": "gzip",
    "Host": "",
    "User-Agent": "curl/7.54.0"
  "origin": ",,",
  "url": ""

We sent a request to the gateway on the listen path /httpbin. Using this path-based-routing, the gateway was able to identify the API the client intended to target.

The gateway stripped the listen path, and reverse proxied the request to

Protect your API

Let's grab the API definition we created before and store the output to a file locally.

curl -s -H "Authorization: ${DASH_KEY}" -H "Content-Type: application/json" ${DASH_URL}/apis/${API_ID} | python -mjson.tool > api.httpbin.json

We can now edit the api.httpbin.json file we just created, and modify a couple of fields to enable authentication.

Change use_keyless from true to false.

Change auth.auth_header_name to apikey.

Then send a PUT request back to Tyk Dashboard to update it's configurations.

curl -H "Authorization: ${DASH_KEY}" -H "Content-Type: application/json" ${DASH_URL}/apis/${API_ID} -X PUT -d "@api.httpbin.json"
{"Status":"OK","Message":"Api updated","Meta":null}

Test protected API

Send request without any credentials

curl -I ${GATEWAY_URL}/httpbin/get
HTTP/1.1 401 Unauthorized
Content-Type: application/json
Date: Wed, 04 Dec 2019 23:35:34 GMT
Content-Length: 46

Send request with incorrect credentials

curl -I ${GATEWAY_URL}/httpbin/get -H 'apikey: somejunk'
HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden
Content-Type: application/json
Date: Wed, 04 Dec 2019 23:36:16 GMT
Content-Length: 57

Congratulations - You have just created your first keyless API, then protected it using Tyk!