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APIs you didn't know you needed

mkrl profile image Mikhail Korolev ・3 min read

With everything recently being "as a service", there are a plenty of different data sources that can provide... stuff. Stuff as a service, of course. Behold a small collection of APIs you may or not have heard about.

Yes or no?


Making decisions is hard. Why won't you outsource this job to a third-party microservice to ensure that the they are as independent as possible? Returns "maybe" every 10.000th time as a bonus.

Taco API


Are you in love with tacos? Can't decide what kind to make today? One HTTP request will get you a full recipe (with optional ingredients and categories of your choice).

Corporate bullshit


Do you find it hard to talk to Highly Enterprise Customers? Does your manager's manager want you to present a new topic for a weekly "0.5% team effectiveness raise" meeting? This will get you covered.

It's like this for that!


Another friend of yours quit the job and invested all the money and time into smart socks?

It's like this for that




Ruby gem, npm package and go libraries are also available.

Automate things that are important


Highly advanced and flexible RESTful API that accomplishes a common task of telling people to fuck off.

Custom names, signatures and loads of other options are available. Having a hard time communicating with disturbing foreigners? i18n is supported, as well as SHOUTCLOUD integration listed above.

Lorem Ipsum

If you are tired of the regular boring Lorem Ipsum filling your template layouts, take a look at Bacon Ipsum - a meaty dummy text API. If you are vegetarian, Skateboard-themed Ipsum or Baseball one will get you covered.

And here is a Markdown-flavoured Ipsum generator as a bonus.



We all love numbers. If you are in love with a particular number or date, you might as well want to know more about it. 78? A total number of gifts in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas.

And if you are bored, it is your chance to write a Slack plugin for PR notifications.

[thepracticaldev/dev.to] Pull request opened: #3 Klingon Code of Conduct
Lines changed as much as the number of years in 235 lunations.

Animals as a service.

The famous Cat API paired with Dog and Shibe API, as well as more lightweight random fox, cat and dog services will get you a heartwarming JSON response every time you need it.

Donald Trump API


As the most acknowledged political figure of modern US, you can always expect people to keep record of what you said in a searchable database with an easy to parse output format.

If you don't want to get political, there is also a simple Ron Swanson quotes API. And, of course a good supply of Chuck Norris facts that definitely comes in handy.

Everything you ever wanted to CURL about the food


Recipes, ingredients, menu items, nutrition data. Mount a webcam inside your fridge, label your food with QR codes and automate your cooking suggestions based on what you have in stock.

Dispose data with ease


/dev/null in the cloud. Get rid of your unwanted bytes over POST requests. Free for up to 25GB/Month.

Spice up your placeholders

Not exactly an API in the same way as the rest of the services mentioned previously, but something you can't easily walk past.


Bill Murray placeholder

Got other services the world should know about?

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Laughed waaaaay to hard on your comment, can relate 100% :D
Edit: the short fml at the bottom made it


Marvel have an excellent API for getting details about your favourite comics and characters.


I have recently created a API,that gives a quote posted by #Sadhguru on twitter.
GitHub repo
Please check it out.


RoboHash is a service that provide unique, robot/alien/monster images for any text, IP address, email, etc.
Can be used to generate random but cool user avatars for a site!


This is so much fun, thanks for pointing it out. I've changed my dry and boring "Your DHCP WAN address changed from foo to bar" to "and here's a picture of the robot"!


It was “!productivity” but the ! got escaped out :D


Fantastic list! I know now that I do, in fact, need all of these APIs :P

Here's a fun one I like for filling up those template layouts:



This is sort of list of speculative known unknowns. I didn't know about them so I didn't know if I needed them, but if i had known about them I would have known that I didn't need them. Didn't stop me from going through the whole list though. I guess now they're known knowns.


For anyone that finds this type of thing funny I also have a bad fortune cookie api for which I'm taking bad fortune suggestions :) amazing list enjoyed the Ron Swanson API the most bad-fortune-cookie.herokuapp.com/f...


placekitten is my new favorite thing in the world, thank you.


PlaceCage is the premium option in the placeholder image world. 😄


I can not believe I did not know about foaas.com before. Thanks.


same this is the best thing I've ever seen


Dude this is awesome. After reading your post I could not stop myself from googling for similar lists and I found a list of random quote apis


Thanks for the list Mikhail, like you said in the title, I didn't know I need Yes or No api or the food api!

Also nice to have the short list of good placeholder sites at the bottom, placeholders can never be too creative.


This is great, especially the taco API. The VS Code extension that I'm helping build puts a little taco in your status bar near lunch time (not the main functionality, but a fun easter egg). 🌮🌮🌮


This is amazing! lol Thanks for the share


I run Catalogopolis which is an API for Doctor Who episode data. Which reminds me I need to update it for this last season!


Super list - thank you.......maybe :)


The Pokemon API is amazing. So many front-end experiments have been "can I make a pokedex with this using the Pokemon API?"

Also where has that number API been all my life?!


Great stuff! 💪
This might be well known but worth sharing.
httpbin: A simple HTTP Request & Response Service.


I have generated some incredible ipsum in the past, need to get back to it!


Woah. Just saw Lost in Translation for the first time last night. Creepy.


There's also this NBA API balldontlie.io/ that I've bumped into lately.