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Platformatic OSS

Why Platformatic?

Platformatic enables developers to efficiently develop and run APIs at scale. Historically, API developers have had to repetitively build infrastructure to satisfy foundational requirements, like authentication, authorization, caching, and connection to databases, and have had to manage microservices with technologies such as service mesh or centralized registries. This work is time consuming, undifferentiated, and painstakingly complex. With growing demands of SaaS applications, the amount of API permutations has grown exponentially and has become a development bottleneck. This has led large organizations to create dedicated platform API engineering teams to help teams deliver on business demands.

Our goal is to make API development simple: we aim is to remove all friction from the day-to-day of backend developers. Platformatic is a series of Open Source tools to build APIs. Check out our announcement video.

Platformatic DB Architecture

Our first tool: Platformatic DB

The first friction we are solving is the tiresome mapping of databases table to APIs that burden any developer. Platformatic DB is a tool that will allow you to create both OpenAPI and GraphQL schemas from your database, without having to write a single line of code. The key difference with other tools is that Platformatic DB will allow you to customize it via Node.js and Fastify plugins.

Checkout Platformatic DB basic features:

  • Automatic OpenAPI/REST API generation
  • Automatic GraphQL API generation
  • Multiple databases: SQLite, MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL
  • Multiple authentication methods: JWT, WebHook, HTTP Headers
  • Authorization via role based access control
  • Customizable via Node.js and Fastify plugins

Platformatic DB creates a GraphQL API from your database schema. It also support Apollo Federation. You can use the API to query and mutate data.

Platformatic DB creates a REST API from your database schema. It generates an OpenAPI 3.0 specification, too.

The roots of Platformatic DB are in the Fastify community. You can customize it with Fastify plugins.


James Snell
Node.js Technical Steering Committee

Platformatic DB is a great example of how to build a great developer experience on top of a database.

Jan Lehnardt
Makes @couchdb & #offlinefirst. Made @jsconfeu @greenkeeperio @hoodiehq. CEO at @neighbourh00die.

I always wondered why building APIs isn't that easy.

David Mark Clements
Dave at Holepunch. Tech lead/primary author of OpenJS Foundation JSNAD & JSNSD Certifications. (Original) Author of Node Cookbook.

A platform that simplifies and streamlines developer collaboration within an organization can revolutionise the organization itself. This is digital transformation distilled to its purest and easiest form.