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to work with Protocol Buffers

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Buf helps your team work with Protocol Buffers APIs across their lifecycle, whether you’re building a new API for key customers or relying on one exposed by another team.

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Produce Protocol Buffers APIs consistently, leveraging Buf’s intuitive toolset to iterate quickly and enforce best practices.
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Distribute APIs to users reliably, allowing them to develop against your latest release, without expensive team-to-team communication.
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Increase discoverability with a browsable central registry, with surfaceable content and generated documentation.
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Develop against clear backend definitions, enabling teams to work in parallel on common schemas.
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Eliminate friction with Buf’s intuitive tooling, replacing custom, complex build scripts.
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Unlock features like generated CLIs, runtime validation, custom plugins, mock servers, stress-testing, and more.

Buf is changing the way the industry works with APIs

Because REST is no longer enough, and Protocol Buffers are inaccessible.

Walk through the evolution of API development to see how Buf is moving the industry forward.

1RESTful APIs

Fundamentally freeform APIs with heavy manual maintenance and no guarantees.

Producer

No rules, no standards, no enforcement. Blindly hope you don’t break users.

Consumer

API calls are a shot in the dark. Rely on manual confirmation and hand-rolled clients.

RESTful APIs

2Protocol Buffers without Buf

Using Protocol Buffers help, but it’s unreasonably difficult to maintain.

Producer

Design and distribute your API without support. Communicate changes with hand-maintained documentation, or worse — emails.

Consumer

Schemas drift, and dependency management is non-existent. Teams have to roll their own tooling, duplicating work and leaving room for error.

Protocol Buffers without Buf
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Professional grade Protocol Buffers.

Producer

Easily create and distribute consistent APIs. Use Buf to lint and detect breaking changes in your schema evolution, protecting you and your users.

Consumer

Rely on Buf for everything you need to implement an API, and ensure it never breaks.

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