Everything You Need To Know About APIs
APIs help developers integrate added value, help users access important services, and help dApps build and improve. Learn about what are APIs, explore 31 API dApps on BNB Chain, and and learn how to avoid risky APIs.
What are APIs?
APIs stand for Application Programming Interfaces and are software intermediaries that enable two or more applications to interact or communicate with each other. APIs can be used to access and share data related to the stock market, the weather, the prices of crypto assets, making payments using Web3 wallets, and more.
What are API dApps?
API dApps are Application Programming Interfaces built for decentralized applications built on the blockchain. APIs for dApps are similar to APIs for traditional apps, except the former is available for all developers to build on, while the latter is available to an exclusive group of developers.
A few examples of API dApps include full-suite data network solution (PARSIQ), AI smart contract generator and AI NFT generator (ChainGPT), distributed nodes infrastructure (Ankr), Credential Oracle Engine API (Galxe), security infrastructure for Web3 (Go+), blockchain explorer and analytics platform for BNB Greenfield (GreenfieldScan), total crypto intelligence (Arkham) and more.
31 APIs on BNB Chain
The list of APIs dApps on BNB Chain was selected based on the 35 listed APIs on DappBay as on 2 August 2023. Out of the 35 listed API dApps, 4 dApps were listed in Red Alarm because of risks associated with those dApps and eliminated from this list. Other APIs not listed on DappBay have not been included in this list.
The remaining list of 31 API dApps is listed below according to 10 categories including cybersecurity and intelligence, data, infrastructure, digital payments, gaming, NFTs and marketplaces, communication, blockchain explorers, identity, and others. A dApp may fall into more than one API category but has been listed under one main category for simplicity. The dApps under each category are listed in alphabetical order.
1. CyberSecurity and Intelligence
Arkham is a blockchain intelligence platform providing information on the companies and individuals behind crypto market activity. Journalists, media, traders, institutions, students, and several key players use Arkham to unmask pseudonymous actors and see a complete view of their behaviour. The Arkham API provides direct query access to Ultra for sophisticated users to customize data flows and integrate them into their existing systems. This is the same API Arkham uses to serve data to the platform.
Blowfish is tackling the cybersecurity risks inherent in end-user interactions with blockchains. Blowfish is developing a service that scans proposed transactions for malicious intent on behalf of wallets, custodians, and individual users before they sign and send them to the network, adding an extra layer of security that can protect users from phishing attacks, malicious or hijacked dApps, DNS hijacking attacks and more.
GoPlus is the security infrastructure for Web3, by providing open, permissionless, user-driven security services. GoPlus security engine covers multi-chain with multidimensional risk detection for both crypto projects and ordinary users, making a safer chain ecosystem. Go+ API is a complete, dynamic, and automatic security-detecting platform including token detection, real-time risk warning, dApp contract security, and interaction security.
a. Binance Oracle
Binance Oracle brings the crypto asset's real-world market prices to your smart contracts on BNB Chain by offering price feeds for multiple crypto pairs aggregated over a variety of sources. Binance Oracle enables smart contracts to connect to all confirmed data outside its network. The Binance Oracle has developed 5 key components to ensure the data is reliable in 4 different aspects - data sources, data processes and signaling, data publishing, and data monitoring.
Chainlink oracle networks provide smart contracts with a way to reliably connect to any external API and leverage secure off-chain computations for enabling feature-rich applications. Chainlink currently secures tens of billions of dollars across DeFi, insurance, gaming, and other major industries, and offers global enterprises and leading data providers a universal gateway to all blockchains.
c. Footprint Analytics
Footprint Analytics provides API and visualization tools to uncover and visualize data across the blockchain, including NFT and GameFi data. It currently collects, parses, and cleans data from 20+ chains into structured and semantic tables. It lets users build charts and dashboards without code, using a drag-and-drop interface as well as SQL.
Gomu is the perfect platform for developers who want to build best-in-class applications with Web3 data securely, openly, and seamlessly. Industry-leading data and powerful developer tools to build native Web3 applications and experiences easily and securely for users. The Gomu API and SDK aim to give you easy access to the world of Web3 without the need for deep knowledge of Web3. Gomu makes it easy for you to interact with Web3 data both from third-party sources and on-chain data.
PARSIQ is a full-suite data network solution capable of querying over 33 billion blockchain events in under 1 second. PARSIQ is redefining what it means to quickly and easily access Web3 data. The main purpose of the Tsunami API is to get historical, real-time, and raw data from the blockchains almost instantaneously. Built as a library that clients can use in their application code, users can get data directly from data hubs and interact with the Tsunami API.
Ankr provides a distributed node infrastructure supporting a multi-chain network and providing tools for developers to start building Web3 projects. Every blockchain use case requires access to nodes. Ankr provides streamlined access to a global network of nodes running on 18 different blockchains. Ankr's Advanced API service is a collection of RPC methods created to simplify querying blockchain data of all types.
b. Boba Network
Boba Network is a blockchain Layer-2 scaling solution and Hybrid Compute platform offering lightning-fast transactions and fees up to 100x less than Layer-1. Their hybrid compute technology brings the power of Web2 on-chain for the first time, allowing smart contracts to call any external Web2 API to execute complex algorithms such as machine learning classifiers, pull in real-world or enterprise data in a single atomic transaction, or sync with the latest state of a gaming engine.
NodeReal is a one-stop blockchain infrastructure and services provider that provides scalable, reliable, and efficient blockchain solutions for everyone, aiming to support the massive adoption, growth, and long-term success of the Web3 ecosystem. As a high-speed blockchain infrastructure solution, NodeReal strives to provide an instant and easy-access service to developers.
4. Digital payments
a. Calamus Finance
Calamus Finance is a decentralized crypto streaming protocol that allows people to send/receive payments on any time basis and vest tokens automatically. Calamus Finance is here to help you automate payments while having full control over your cash flow. Calamus facilitates the process of constant payments and token vesting transparently and securely and takes 0.25% of your payment amount as a service fee.
GetBlock is an RPC service provider for blockchain-reliant businesses to host custom private nodes or use shared nodes. Users can integrate crypto payments with GetBlock’s DeFi and Custodial wallet services APIs. GetBlock provides a connection to blockchain nodes of over 40 cryptocurrencies via such APIs as REST, JSON-RPC, and WebSockets. The service allows developers to build blockchain apps faster, as they don’t need to worry about node configuration and maintenance.
Katon helps companies unlock new revenue streams in Web3. The dApp provides a SaaS platform for companies to create and manage wallets for their client’s digital assets (NFTs and Coins) through transfers, sales, and auctions. The ecosystem is cross-chain and is also flexible as it allows for custodial wallet management (ideal for beginners), but also non-custodial (perfect for confirmed users).
LI.FI helps offer on-chain swaps, cross-chain swaps, and a combination of both. LI.FI has built a middle layer between DeFi infrastructure. You can find the most optimal routes for conducting cross-chain and on-chain swaps and bridges using the LI.FI REST API. The comprehensive solution empowers you to swap or bridge assets between different blockchains.
Wyre offers powerful APIs that support a range of financial, cryptocurrency, and identity services. It can move money around, broker exchanges, validate KYC/AML information, and transfer to/from traditional banking systems while remaining compliant. Wyre puts financial power in your hands with easy-to-use APIs that support users with simple and secure crypto-fiat experiences.
MetaFab is a powerful API and SDK solution for developers in games and gamified dApps. With MetaFab, players don't need to know anything about crypto, and the game experience can operate and feel just like a non-crypto game for all mechanics while still realizing all the benefits of digital collectibles (NFTs), on-chain game currencies, and more. Anything that would require a blockchain transaction or interaction is magically handled under the hood by MetaFab.
32Play is a SaaS for Unity, Unreal Engine, personal computer, and mobile games. Games and dApps can increase revenue by opening the full potential of primary and secondary markets in some of the most exciting free-to-play games. Some of the other key features of 32Play include a whitelist marketplace for in-game purchases, a one-stop wallet for all items, and full data analysis of gamers’ behaviour.
6. NFTs and Marketplace
Crossmint offers a suite of APIs and tools that help you create, distribute, sell, and custody NFTs for users. Crossmint is trusted by +10,000 brands and developers from independent NFT creators and collections, to companies like Magic Eden, Rarible, Origin Protocol, Diageo, Cinemark, Tomorrowland, and McFarlane Toys. With Crossmint, you can create and distribute NFTs within 5 minutes using a single HTTP API call.
b. Mirror World
Mirror World was built to simplify the process of building multi-chain Web3 and mobile applications. Mirror World offers easy-to-use APIs and cross-platform SDKs centered around 4 main solutions: smart authentications, smart wallets, smart NFT management, and smart marketplace. The fastest way to get started with Mirror World's API is to get an API key on the developer dashboard, and consume it in the SDK of the platform you're building for.
Niftables specializes in creating white-label NFT platforms for creators and brands, allowing them to take their NFT projects to a whole new level. Niftables isn’t just NFT technology, and it’s more than its ecosystem; it’s also the infrastructure that will allow any creator or brand to transition from Web2 to Web3. Work with Niftables to design your own, unique white-label NFT solution or harness the API to integrate with your existing web infrastructure. The Niftables API connects creators’ and brands’ websites and Web2 applications to their new Web3 iterations.
Zash provides enterprise-grade on and off-chain and social NFT intelligence to facilitate data-informed decisions. Zash is the read-middleware for the blockchain that seamlessly handles different complexities found within NFT indexing such as splitting bundled trades, converting multiple settlement currencies, detecting wash trades, different ERC standards, and aggregator attribution.
Axelar delivers secure cross-chain communication for Web3. Cross-chain communication means you can build a complete experience for your users that lets them interact with any asset, any application, on any chain with one click. Axelar enables secure, any-to-any communication across blockchains, regardless of consensus mechanism or message payload. Cross-chain apps built on Axelar are permissionless. This means that their transactions cannot be censored by any oracle, relayer, or validator. Axelar is based on the same proof-of-stake security model as many of the chains it connects.
zCloak is a confidential computing platform to return sovereign control of personal data to users. With its novel approach of self-sovereign data and self-proving computation, zCloak Network enables computation and analysis of personal data without sending them to 3rd party servers. As such, it can prevent private data from being stolen or misused. The zCloak Network uses a zk-STARK-based virtual machine for general-purpose computations.
8. Blockchain Explorer
GreenfieldScan is an advanced blockchain explorer and analytical platform exclusively designed for the BNB Greenfield Chain Testnet, which derives from NodeReal’s Explorer-as-a-Service (EaaS) offering. Users can easily retrieve and analyze blocks, transactions, and addresses with just a few clicks on an intuitive interface. Developer-friendly APIs provide a seamless data access experience, making it easy to explore and understand the intricacies of blockchain data.
Lore is a leading natural language cross-chain tooling dApp that includes an explorer, blockchain analytics, and Web3 notifications. The Lore Translator Engine takes EVM transactions and maps them onto English sentences in real-time. It then displays that data in the block explorer, and can be exported or fed into your database through a functional API. Legibility enables the next 1 billion users to come into web3.
9. Identity and Credentials
Anima is a decentralised identity protocol for managing the issuance and verification of your identity. It aims to solve the problem of identifying a user online. Anima provides a frictionless experience for users to manage and share their identity using their existing wallets (such as Metamask or Ledger). With Anima, using your identity online is as easy, fast, and secure as using your government-issued ID at your local nightclub.
Galxe is built on open and collaborative infrastructure and helps Web3 developers and projects leverage credential data to build better products and communities. At the same time, data curators are rewarded when credentials are used in Galaxy’s Application Modules, Credential Oracle Engine, and Credential API. Because users are consuming (paying to use) data in the ecosystem, this incentivizes more users to come curate for the Galxe data network. Galxe infrastructure supports curating credentials through multiple data sources.
10. Other APIs
ChainGPT is an advanced AI infrastructure designed specifically for Web3, Blockchain, and Crypto. With features such as an AI smart contract generator and auditor, AI NFT generator, AI crypto trading model, chart and technical analysis, AML solutions, on-chain data analytics, automated AI news generation, and more. ChainGPT's SDK and API service enables users to develop new applications on top of the ChainGPT AI technology.
b. Spanning Labs
Spanning Labs builds tools to empower developer experience and sales engineering teams. The Spanning Network is a powerful cross-chain API that enables developers to build applications on chains that best suit their technical needs. Through the use of ownership bridging, the Spanning Network can communicate state change requests from a user on their preferred network to an application on another network.
c. 0x Protocol
0x Protocol is an open protocol that enables the peer-to-peer exchange of assets on the blockchain. The protocol serves as an open standard and common building block for any developer needing exchange functionality. In addition to the externally-audited smart contracts, 0x also offers developer tools tailored to the ecosystem and open access to a pool of shared liquidity. Developers can integrate with 0x at the smart contract or application layer. The 0x API order book is a go-to source to offer limit orders in your app or utilize limit orders in MEV searching strategies.
Not all APIs are safe and using or integrating with risky APIs can have costs attached to them. For example, DappBay’s Red Alarm has listed 4 risky API dApps including HiFi Gaming Society (inaccessible website), NiftyIN (unverified contracts), Overeality (unverified contracts) and BitBond Token Tool (contracts are not open-sourced).
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