Blobr vs Redocly

Redocly and Blobr share the same idea: clear API documentation is a critical asset in today's economy. But each has a different idea about how to help the API consumer implement and consume API documentation.
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Overview

What does Blobr do?

Blobr is a no-code SaaS to create your API developer portal. API providers can manage, document and distribute API products from one place on their terms. Each portal is unique and each API provider has its own. They can add their branding and link it to their website. Blobr has been made so that both technical and non-technical profiles can succeed.

What does Redocly do?

Redocly is the SaaS product built around the open-source API documentation tool Redoc. While Redoc produces simple, free API documentation, Redocly adds multiple features to create customizable developer portals. API providers are able to document, produce sample code and API references.

Blobr’s API Documentation tool

Blobr's API documentation is integrated to be synchronized with API products, providing a personalized experience. API providers can provide use case based instructions, making it easier for the user to consume the API by explaining how to use the different endpoints together. A "try it" button provides a quick answer and a concrete illustration of the documentation. When an API is released and impacts an end user, a custom change log is sent to users to keep them up to date on the latest changes. Documentation is always synchronized and modified accordingly.

Redocly's API Documentation tool

Redocly is a documentation tool and development center that provides various tools for working with API documentation. The first layer is the Redoc open source code, on which Redocly is based. Additional features include the premium version of Redocly with the "Try It" button, an improved search engine and faster loading.

Comparaison table

Pricing
Free to use for API management and documentation purposes. Customization and branding also available with the free plan.
Free plan with minimum options. Public access to doc starts at 69$/ month, custom domain name at 300$/month.
API Documentation & Workflow options
API documentation oriented towards use cases. Workflows are step-by-step instructions adapted to each API products and be created for each product on Blobr.
Displayed as a whole with everything the API can do.
Such workflows do not exist. Cloud app feature to automate and share API docs available.
API Versioning
API versioning is handled dynamically at the product level. If an API is versioned, API consumers receive a customized changelog based on the API products used. Documents are modified automatically and appropriate communications can be sent.
API versioning is descriptive. API Consumers need to search and find the changes impacting their use.
Developer Portal Option
The core of the product is the developer portal thought to optimise the experience and time to the first call . No coding is required.
Code is required for structure and behaviours customizations.
Code Samples
Blobr does not provide code samples yet.
Redocly provides code samples to help the work of developers when they integrate APIs.
Pricing
Free to use for API management and documentation purposes. Customization and branding also available with the free plan.
API Documentation & Workflow options
API documentation oriented towards use cases. Workflows are step-by-step instructions adapted to each API products and be created for each product on Blobr.
API Versioning
API versioning is handled dynamically at the product level. If an API is versioned, API consumers receive a customized changelog based on the API products used. Documents are modified automatically and appropriate communications can be sent.
Developer Portal Option
The core of the product is the developer portal thought to optimise the experience and time to the first call . No coding is required.
Code Samples
Blobr does not provide code samples yet.

Blobr’s advantage:
An API portal that goes beyond documentation.

Redocly is an interesting option for developers who needed more than just the open-source Redoc tool. It provides a fairly comprehensive set of tools for documenting and sharing APIs.

Blobr’s approach is different. We are the developer portal to document your API and grow your adoption.

With a product-level approach, Blobr's documentation helps you highlight both the value of your API and its technical specifics. Documentation - at the product level - presents only what is needed to implement your products. It helps end users navigate the various use cases created. API versioning - one of the biggest challenges for developers - is also supported. Because consumer use of APIs is known on Blobr, we make sure that versioning your APIs creates the least amount of burden possible. Blobr anticipates any impacts of the newly added API and products are updated accordingly. API consumers receive change logs and communication is seamless. In addition, Blobr provides analytics on their consumption to end users.

Finally, the developer portal created by Redoc.ly is an afterthought. In contrast, at Blobr, the developer portal is the core product. We've made it as easy as possible for API providers to configure and for end developers to use.