SmartBear announced that it has acquired the Swagger API Open Source Project from Reverb Technologies. The deal puts SmartBear in charge of two of the larger open source projects (Swagger & SoapUI) within the API economy.
Swagger is based on RESTful APIs. Through its open-source code generation capabilities, API developers can cook up documentation, SDKs, and discoverable APIs for other developers to use when writing applications. Swagger claims its tools let developers go from the drawing board to the real world quickly. Swagger was first released in 2011 and found broad adoption in companies both small and large. Some of its users include Apigee, IBM, Getty Images, Intuit, LivingSocial, McKesson, Microsoft, Morningstar, and PayPal.
"Swagger has been the clear leader of the API description format discussion for several years – its ecosystem and passionate community is unsurpassed in the field," said Ole Lensmar, CTO at SmartBear. "We look forward to [giving] Swagger the dedicated backing and support it needs for growth, primarily to ensure the open source project’s evolution but also to ease its adoption into enterprise scenarios."
In order to set Swagger's users at ease, SmartBear said it is committed to keeping the Swagger specification and code open and community driven. It hopes to see ongoing contributions, documentation, and tooling. SmartBear plans to work with industry leaders to forge a vendor-neutral governance model that supports the evolution of the Swagger specification. To do that, SmartBear will invest in Swagger and provide more resources so developers can adopt and use Swagger's tools.
Tony Tam, CEO of Reverb, said of SmartBear, "We have chosen to partner with SmartBear because they have the API expertise and proven commitment to open source with products like SoapUI. With SmartBear, Swagger will reach more developers, products and services, and make an even bigger impact on the API world."
SmartBear claims to support more than two million developers across 25,000 organizations in 90 countries around the world. It's software tools assist with code review, functional and load testing, API readiness, and performance monitoring of mobile, web, and IoT apps.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.