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Connect, Govern, and Secure APIs

Part of NGINX Management Suite, the API Connectivity module simplifies the complexity of governing and managing APIs in multi-cloud environments. Centralized Ops teams gain visibility and control over API traffic while developers maintain the agility and autonomy they need to deliver new services.

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Why Use API Connectivity Manager?

  • Publish & Manage APIs
  • Find & Onboard APIs
  • Govern & Secure APIs

Provide a Frictionless Experience for API Developers

Accelerate time to market with automated tools that simplify the deployment, configuration, and management of APIs with optimal security and performance.

API Connectivity Manager gives you:

  • Freedom and flexibility to deploy as many API gateways as you need, wherever you need them – in the cloud, on-premises, or at the edge
  • Easy integration into CI/CD pipelines and DevOps workflows, with a fully declarative REST API to automate the deployment and configuration of API gateways
  • Fine-grained controls for rate limiting, authentication, caching, and cross-origin resource sharing (CORS), to empower developers to manage API-level policies
  • Secured access to APIs and services, by authenticating requests with JSON Web Tokens (JWTs), API keys, and OAuth with OpenID Connect

Create a Single Source of Truth for Your APIs and Microservices

Enable internal and external developers to rapidly discover, onboard, and use APIs in their projects with consistent documentation and versioning.

With API Connectivity Manager you can:

  • Deploy developer portals to enable seamless API and service discovery for internal and external developers
  • Onboard new APIs with proper documentation using out-of-the-box support for the Open API Specification
  • Enable self‑service workflows so developers can register, generate API credentials, and immediately begin using APIs in their projects
  • Help developers move from onboarding to "hello world" in minutes by testing API calls with the API explorer within the developer portal

Govern and Secure APIs with Visibility and Control Across Every Environment

Provide uniform and consistent oversight for platform environments, certificates, and configurations from a single pane of glass.

With API Connectivity Manager you can:

  • Create and scale policies across the enterprise to simplify administration and reduce risks from configuration errors or security gaps
  • Apply workspace isolation for service and infrastructure teams by giving developers dedicated spaces to deploy API proxies using global configurations
  • Empower developers to manage API‑level policies with fine-grained controls for rate limiting, authentication, and more

Technical Specifications

Supported Distributions

  • Amazon Linux 2 LTS
  • CentOS 7.4+
  • Debian 10, 11
  • Oracle Linux 7.4+
  • RHEL 7.4+, 8
  • Ubuntu 18.04, 20.04, 22.04


  • x86_64

Supported Deployment Environments

  • Bare metal
  • Container
  • Public cloud: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure
  • Virtual machine

Supported NGINX Versions

  • NGINX Open Source 1.18 and later
  • NGINX Plus R21 and later
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Visit NGINX Docs For Full Technical Specifications

Ensure the connectivity, reliability, and security of your APIs wherever they are deployed – in the cloud, on-premises, or at the edge.

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