API stands for Application Programming Interface. APIs are common code protocols that let apps safely exchange data with other apps, software, and hardware. They typically include authentication processes, like access tokens, to protect data. 

Individual APIs vary depending on their purpose and the apps exchanging data. Some connect apps with external information, like a weather app that updates on the hour, and others handle sensitive information, like a password manager that hosts your banking information. Other examples of APIs in action include when Google Maps uses location data from a phone’s GPS or when an ecommerce store accesses PayPal at checkout.

Webflow’s API lets you build integrations, host user memberships, and incorporate ecommerce into your website. The Authorized User API protects user information, and the Authorized Info API holds information about the authorization you’re using. Learn more about the Webflow API.

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