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How do you monitor the usage of your API endpoints?

jeastham1993 profile image James Eastham ・1 min read

EDIT: so I'm now thinking of releasing a cloud app that can be used to monitor API usage. Any interested beta testers drop me a message below :-)

Day to day I develop a reasonably large web API used by quite a few different clients. It was put together almost 2 years ago now when I had very little consideration of monitoring or auditing.

My current focus is on the usage of certain API endpoints. What is your practice for auditing the usage of a certain endpoint?

For context, I'ts a .NET API and the API is distributed across multiple non-related clients systems. Ideally I'd like to push the results to ElasticSearch.

I feel like a custom piece of middleware is the best option, but am a little concerned about performance.

Thoughts?

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Kim Sean Pusod

I am still working with a small team, and we just usually monitor it through google sheets, and because of that I've always wanted to create an open source system and share it to developers community.

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James Eastham Author

Yeah it's an interesting idea. A cloud based utility would be quite a nice thing to have.

I might make a start on an open source project this evening :-)

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Brandin Chiu

If you can generate an OpenAPI spec for your api, Google Cloud Endpoints can start doing this for you with very little setup and for virtually no cost.

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James Eastham Author

Thanks for the input Brandin :-) I'll have a look into that