API Requests are requests sent to an Application Programming Interface (API) in order to retrieve data or execute an action. APIs are able to provide more information than a website, and with more complicated queries, can process data differently than a website. For example, an API can integrate third-party data into a business process, enable different programs to interact with one another, enable automation of certain processes, or provide end users with new ways to access data.
An API Request typically includes a URL, a HTTP Method (GET, POST, PUT, PATCH, or DELETE) and Request Parameters. Request Parameters, or a Request Body, can be included in some HTTP Requests, and this is where a user will specify additional information that is associated with their request, such as the type of data that is requested.
To illustrate, let’s say a user wants to see a list of products from an online store. To do this, they might send a GET request to the store’s API. This request would include the URL of the endpoint they want to access, the HTTP method (GET), and optionally, any relevant parameters that the user has specified. The server would then return a response with the requested data.
In summary, an API Request is a request sent to an API in order to retrieve data or execute an action. It typically includes a URL, an HTTP Method, and potentially, one or more Request Parameters.