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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 8229 ★; 45077 commits, latest 2019-07-09 A database with a built-in REST API. Official Docker image.
CouchDB CouchDB REST Erlang Apache 2.0 4237 ★; 11751 commits, latest 2019-07-03 A database with a built-in REST API. Official Docker image.
Datasette SQLite 3 REST Python 3 Apache 2.0 2558 ★; 791 commits, latest 2019-07-08 Read-only. Official Docker image.
Dgraph Dgraph GraphQL+-, a GraphQL derivative Go Apache 2.0 9964 ★; 3417 commits, latest 2019-07-10 A database with a built-in GraphQL-like API. Official Docker image.
DreamFactory MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MongoDB, CouchDB, and others. REST PHP 5 Apache 2.0, proprietary (optional extras) 953 ★; 814 commits, latest 2019-06-05 Official Docker image.
Eve MongoDB; extensions for Elasticsearch, Neo4j, SQLAlchemy (SQL databases). REST Python 2/3 BSD (three-clause) 5708 ★; 3091 commits, latest 2019-06-14 The SQLAlchemy extension isn't automatic. It requires the user to write SQLAlchemy mappings.
Hasura GraphQL Engine PostgreSQL GraphQL Haskell GNU AGPLv3 10753 ★; 1002 commits, latest 2019-07-10 Official Docker image.
HTSQL MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite (free); Oracle, MS SQL (proprietary) REST Python 2 GNU AGPLv3, proprietary (Oracle and MS SQL support) n/a
neo4j-graphql Neo4j GraphQL Kotlin Apache 2.0 320 ★; 161 commits, latest 2019-06-20 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 3914 ★; 18029 commits, latest 2019-07-10 A database with a built-in REST API. Official Docker image.
PHP-CRUD-API MySQL, PostgreSQL, MS SQL Server. REST PHP 7 MIT 2063 ★; 1508 commits, latest 2019-07-06 Supports GIS + automatic OpenAPI 3.0 docs.
PostGraphile PostgreSQL GraphQL TypeScript (Node.js) MIT 7498 ★; 1124 commits, latest 2019-07-03 Formerly "PostGraphQL", Official Docker image.
PostgREST PostgreSQL REST Haskell MIT 12558 ★; 1515 commits, latest 2019-07-08 Official Docker image.
pREST PostgreSQL REST Go MIT 2061 ★; 442 commits, latest 2019-05-28 Official Docker image.
RESTHeart MongoDB REST Java GNU AGPLv3 544 ★; 1884 commits, latest 2019-07-09 Official Docker image.
sandman2 All supported by SQLAlchemy (MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Oracle, MS SQL, and others). REST Python 2/3 Apache 2.0 1062 ★; 191 commits, latest 2019-05-29 Official Docker image.
subZero PostgreSQL REST and GraphQL Haskell, Lua Proprietary n/a
tuql SQLite 3 or SQL infile GraphQL JavaScript (Node.js) MIT 384 ★; 52 commits, latest 2018-02-16
Webdis Redis REST C BSD (two-clause) 2128 ★; 407 commits, latest 2019-06-01 Supports pub/sub with chunked transfer encoding and WebSockets.
xmysql MySQL REST JavaScript (Node.js) MIT 3661 ★; 268 commits, latest 2019-03-28 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 43 ★; 283 commits, latest 2018-10-16 Read-only.

GitHub stats updated 2019-07-10. The commit count and the latest commit date are for the default branch (usually master).

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