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Microsoft REST API Guidelines

The Microsoft REST API Guidelines are Microsoft's internal company-wide REST API design guidelines. Teams at Microsoft typically reference this document when setting API design policy. They may additionally create documents specific to their team, adding further guidance or making adjustments as appropriate to their circumstances.

We publish these guidelines here with the aim of fostering dialogue and learning in the API community at large. We further hope that these guidelines may encourage other organizations to create guidelines that are appropriate for them and in turn, if they are able, to publish theirs.

Additional guidance for Azure service teams

Azure service teams should reference the companion documents, Azure REST API Guidelines and Considerations for Service Design, when building or modifying their services. These documents provide a refined set of guidance targeted specifically for Azure services. For more information please refer to the README in the Azure folder.

Additional guidance for Microsoft Graph service teams

Graph service teams should reference the companion document, Graph REST API Guidelines when building or modifying their services. This document and the associated pattern catalog provides a refined set of guidance targeted specifically for Microsoft Graph services.

License: CC BY 4.0

Code of Conduct

This project has adopted the Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct. For more information see the Code of Conduct FAQ or contact opencode@microsoft.com with any additional questions or comments.

This repository

This repository contains a collection of documents and related materials supporting the overall Microsoft REST API Guidelines initiative. To contribute to this repository, please see the contribution guidelines.