What is a Webhook?

Webhooks are an important part of the web and are only becoming more popular. They allow your applications to transfer data instantly and seamlessly to one another.  

Today, webhooks are extremely efficient and a convenient way of handling real-time events. 

What is a Webhook?

A webhook is an application to provide information in real-time for other applications. These are called different names like "Reverse API, "Web Callback," or "HTTP push API." 

In traditional APIs, the consumer will frequently ask the API to get the new data. This process is known as "polling." 

With Webhook, the provider will "push" the data to you when an event occurs. Rather than consumer "pulling" it. This is why webhooks are called "Reverse APIs." 

Today, for both the data provider and the data consumer, webhooks facilitate efficient data transfer.

Middleware or integration applications like Zapier, Integromat, Pabbly, IFTTT, and Automate.io have built out webhooks to consume data, transform data, and then send data to another application.

Here is a trend in interest over the last 5 years. 

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