What is PostgREST?

PostgREST is a web server that can turn your PostgreSQL database into a REST API. This removes the need to manually create your CRUD endpoints and decreases the complexity of your backend systems. While PostgresREST does the API generation well, it may lack other features for more complex projects. Many users still need to have the ability to customize the API, send emails, and add any additional custom business logic. In this blog, we will have a look at PostgREST pros and cons as well as its features.

What features can you expect from PostgREST?

  • A single source of truth with a standardized API.
  • API creation from scratch with no custom programming.
  • Access to all CRUD operations in a secure fashion (JWT) 

Pros and Cons of PostgREST

PostgREST Pros

  • Provides a lightweight middleware.
  • Simple SQL queries to build your API.
  • Integrates with OpenAPI to write interactive documentation.

PostgREST Cons

  • No native GUI (Graphical user interface).
  • API Documentation is not auto-generated.
  • SQL knowledge is required to create each endpoint.
  • Allows non-secure APIs to be published and limits row-level security.

Alternative API Management Platforms to Consider

If you do not believe PostgREST meets your needs, consider learning more about DreamFactory’s PostgreSQL connector. DreamFactory has an intuitive dashboard that gives everyone the access control they need to manage their APIs. Many users love DreamFactory because it can automatically generate REST APIs from PostgreSQL. Other benefits include:

  • Live API documents.
  • Instant API creation.
  • API limits.
  • Server-side scripting.

Discover the advantage of managing and creating APIs with DreamFactory by signing up for a free 14-day trial. Once you see how easy DreamFactory makes API management, you will never go back to other solutions.