Introduction to API app

MindSphere's integrated lifecycle management of APIs is a fully managed service that makes it easy for developers and operators to create, manage, secure, and operate services (APIs) to build reliable and complex IoT solutions. Developers can design, create and run multiple major versions and revisions of a service (API). For each service, custom scopes can be defined to protect the endpoints and group them as roles. MindSphere supports the full lifecycle of a service from implementation to operation as part of the app lifecycle and simplifies solution development.

Developers can create a standard UI, FM plugin, mobile and API applications. The created API applications can be made dependent of standard UI or FM plugin or mobile applications.

The API applications can be made dependent of one or more UI or FM plugin or mobile applications. Using these API applications, standard UI application or FM plugin or mobile application can call the MindSphere APIs.


It is possible to make only one revision of an API application dependent of UI or FM plugin or mobile applications at a time.

The API applications can have the following "Hosting Type":

  • CF hosted

  • Self-hosted

Receive API app from developers

Similar to the UI and mobile applications, the API app can be received using "Inbox".

  1. Click "Inbox" in the main navigation area.

  2. Click "Accept" for the API app that you choose to deploy.
    A handshake is initiated to the developer to grant access to this application. After the developer provides access, this application will be moved from "Inbox" to "API Apps" tab with the status as "Assigned". This application can now be downloaded and deployed. For information to download and deploy the API app, refer "Download and deploy an API app".

The following screen shows the list of the API applications: