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The following is a list of tools that automatically expose a REST, GraphQL, or another kind of API for your database, as well as databases with a built-in HTTP API.

Project name/link Database(s) supported API type Implementation language License GitHub stats Notes
ArangoDB ArangoDB REST C++ Apache 2.0 10414 ★; 46891 commits, latest 2020-10-21 A database with a built-in REST API. Official Docker image.
CouchDB CouchDB REST Erlang Apache 2.0 4702 ★; 12907 commits, latest 2020-10-21 A database with a built-in REST API. Official Docker image.
Datasette SQLite 3 REST Python 3 Apache 2.0 3932 ★; 1385 commits, latest 2020-10-20 Read-only. Official Docker image.
Dgraph Dgraph GraphQL (since version 2.0.0-rc1) Go Apache 2.0 14120 ★; 4973 commits, latest 2020-10-21 A database with a built-in GraphQL API. Official Docker image.
DreamFactory MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MongoDB, CouchDB, and others. REST PHP 5 Apache 2.0, proprietary (optional extras) 1109 ★; 957 commits, latest 2020-09-29 Official Docker image.
Eve MongoDB; extensions for Elasticsearch, Neo4j, SQLAlchemy (SQL databases). REST Python 2/3 BSD (three-clause) 6210 ★; 3241 commits, latest 2020-09-19 The SQLAlchemy extension isn't automatic. It requires the user to write SQLAlchemy mappings.
Hasura GraphQL Engine PostgreSQL GraphQL Haskell GNU AGPLv3 19057 ★; 2321 commits, latest 2020-10-20 Official Docker image.
HTSQL MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite (free); Oracle, MS SQL (proprietary) REST Python 3 Apache 2.0, proprietary (Oracle and MS SQL support) 7 ★; 1235 commits, latest 2020-08-11
neo4j-graphql Neo4j GraphQL Kotlin Apache 2.0 420 ★; 163 commits, latest 2020-03-18 Can generate a GraphQL API from an existing database or derive a new database model from a GraphQL schema and auto-generate the resolvers.
OrientDB OrientDB REST Java Apache 2.0 4224 ★; 19967 commits, latest 2020-10-20 A database with a built-in REST API. Official Docker image.
PHP-CRUD-API MySQL, PostgreSQL, MS SQL Server. REST PHP 7 MIT 2552 ★; 1780 commits, latest 2020-10-07 Supports GIS + automatic OpenAPI 3.0 docs.
PostGraphile PostgreSQL GraphQL TypeScript (Node.js) MIT 9477 ★; 1232 commits, latest 2020-10-16 Formerly "PostGraphQL", Official Docker image.
PostgREST PostgreSQL REST Haskell MIT 14895 ★; 1694 commits, latest 2020-10-15 Official Docker image.
pREST PostgreSQL REST Go MIT 2415 ★; 1195 commits, latest 2020-10-16 Official Docker image.
pRESTige MySQL REST PHP MIT 56 ★; 1038 commits, latest 2020-08-14
RESTHeart MongoDB REST Java GNU AGPLv3 632 ★; 3097 commits, latest 2020-10-20 Official Docker image.
restSQL MySQL, PostgreSQL REST JavaScript MIT 119 ★; 54 commits, latest 2018-10-18 Official Docker image.
sandman2 All supported by SQLAlchemy (MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Oracle, MS SQL, and others). REST Python 2/3 Apache 2.0 1580 ★; 243 commits, latest 2020-10-11 Official Docker image.
subZero PostgreSQL REST and GraphQL Haskell, Lua Proprietary n/a
tuql SQLite 3 or SQL infile GraphQL JavaScript (Node.js) MIT 503 ★; 67 commits, latest 2019-09-14
Webdis Redis REST C BSD (two-clause) 2319 ★; 454 commits, latest 2020-09-07 Supports pub/sub with chunked transfer encoding and WebSockets.
XgeneCloud MySQL, PostgreSQL, MS SQL, SQLite, MariaDB, Amazon Aurora REST and GraphQL JavaScript Apache 2.0 1303 ★; 37 commits, latest 2020-10-09
xmysql MySQL REST JavaScript (Node.js) MIT 4185 ★; 288 commits, latest 2020-03-26 Official Docker image.
ZenQuery PostgreSQL, MySQL, IBM Db2, Oracle Database, Microsoft SQL Server and others REST Java (JavaScript for the front-end) Apache 2.0 48 ★; 283 commits, latest 2018-10-16 Read-only.

GitHub stats updated 2020-10-21. The commit count and the latest commit date are for the default branch (usually master).

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A list of software that turns your database into a REST/GraphQL API




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