Posted On: Dec 4, 2019

Amazon API Gateway announced HTTP APIs, enabling customers to quickly build high performance RESTful APIs that are up to 71% cheaper than REST APIs also available from API Gateway. HTTP APIs are optimized for building APIs that proxy to AWS Lambda functions or HTTP backends, making them ideal for serverless workloads.

To build RESTful APIs, you can use either HTTP APIs or REST APIs from API Gateway. REST APIs offer a wide variety of features for building and managing RESTful APIs. HTTP APIs are up to 71% cheaper compared to REST APIs, but offer only API proxy functionality. HTTP APIs are optimized for performance—they offer the core functionality of API Gateway at a lower price.

HTTP APIs simplify the API building experience for the most common features needed to build serverless applications or to proxy requests to HTTP endpoints. They come with standard API Gateway functionality such as throttling, metrics, and logging capabilities. In addition, you can secure your APIs using OIDC and OAuth 2 out of box, quickly build web applications using a simple CORS experience, and get started immediately with automatic deployment and simple create workflows. Starting at $1.00 per million requests (us-east-1), you can create your first API with one command. To get started with HTTP APIs, see the documentation.  

To learn more about HTTP APIs from API Gateway, read the blog post. To learn more about API Gateway, visit our product page. HTTP APIs (Preview) are available in 8 AWS Regions: N. Virginia (us-east-1), Ohio (us-east-2), N. California (us-west-1), Oregon (us-west-2), Ireland (eu-west-1), Frankfurt (eu-central-1), Tokyo (ap-northeast-1), and Sydney (ap-southeast-2). To see where API Gateway is available, review the AWS Region Table.