DreamFactory Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

DreamFactory

Comprehensive API lifecycle automation & management platform

4.08/5 (12 reviews)

DreamFactory overview

DreamFactory is a full cycle API management application that helps businesses manage, create, and deploy reusable APIs. The platform enables users to integrate any NoSQL or SQL file storage system, database, SOAP service or external HTTP to generate a ready-to-use documented REST API.

Primary features of DreamFactory include data mesh, scripting, instant API creation, REST endpoint generation, foreign keys, server-side scripting, user management, role-based access, SSO authentication, live API docs, an admin console, and more. The platform also offers an ELK (Elastic, Logstash, and Kibana) module enabling users to perform reporting and auditing on API traffic.

DreamFactory allows users to manage API limits on a unified platform across their organization by governing API limits at user, role, instance and endpoint levels. The solution lets users add logic to responses or requests with PHP, Python, JavaScript V8, or Node.js. DreamFactory integrates with third-party applications such as Okta, Redis, Memcached, Facebook, Azure TableStorage, IBM Watson, Twitter, IBM Maximo, and more.
www.dreamfactory.com

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United States, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Germany, Japan

Supported languages

English, German, Irish, Japanese
DreamFactory screenshot: The home screen enables users to create an API based on sample client platformsDreamFactory in 60 secondsDreamFactory screenshot: Interactive API documentation is generated automatically for every connected data sourceDreamFactory screenshot: The platform comes with side-server scripting enabling users to add logic to a response or requestDreamFactory screenshot: Role-based permission on API endpoints enables limiting of access

DreamFactory reviews

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Anonymous

Expose your database with an API

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-02-04
Review Source: Capterra

We implemented Dreamfactory to integrate Salesforce with an ERP software that didn't have an API, constrained by a limited budget which didn't allow us to go for a more complex middleware. The solution allowed us to quickly send and retrieve records from the ERP, and run processes using SQL stored procedures which gave us a bit of a headache at the beginning because of lack of full support.

Pros
Authentication and API is out-of-the-box The free version includes many features It saves a lot of time if you just want to use the basic REST API features

Cons
Upgrading to a new version can be a massive pain Debugging problems is very difficult if not impossible sometimes Stored procedures are not fully supported The API options to query a database are not as powerful as the options a SQL language provides

Response from DreamFactory Software


Hi, thank you for your review - DreamFactory does support stored procedures, it is just not meant for managing the stored procedures and functions themselves. For a more sophisticated project requirements we also support custom business logic via our powerful scripting engine that supports four different languages (PHP, NodeJS, Python, and V8JS).

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Phil Bate

Good at what it does, not so good at what it doesnt do.

Used monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-11-11
Review Source: Capterra

It did what we needed for a time, and I cant fault it for that. For some other software we use, that this has integrated well with, we will keep using it. However, for current development, and anything we expect to be high load, we have moved away in favor of developing our own API.

Pros
The software is relatively comprehensive, with very granular access and control to many different parts of your system. Quite easy to setup an API, and expand it once setup. Lots of support both from their technical team and also integration with other companies using this platform for their system.

Cons
It is very CPU intensive, I have built a bespoke API to run side by side this one, using the same DB, SPs, Server infrastructure but different technology for the API. The difference in the resources required is substantial, which means we are moving our more intensive systems away from this. It is also a quirky system, having to reset the cache when you alter the DB, with a learning curve to get your way around the system.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Taj Ahmed

Useful but hard to use

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-02-06
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
I liked the concept of the product. And it is good at what it does.

Cons
1. Nested Object filter for database tables apis is hard. more often we had to write custom code to implement. 2. Alternate authentication setup is hard. we tried adding alternate authentication and failed, Also connected with customer support and still failed to add customer authencation. 3. Installation steps do fail to setup it smoothly i got into a lot of issues even after following exact steps for installation on ubuntu16

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Likelihood to recommend: 4/10

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Phil Bate

Dreamfactory API Use

Used monthly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-01-30
Review Source: Capterra

It allowed us to quickly develop a API for use for one of our sites, giving us better visibility of everything going on, and at different levels of operation.

Pros
Was easy to setup, and is quick to increase the functionality of the API. Has a very understandable Roles and services, which allows for great control on what people can do. Also had a few sessions with some of the team, and they are very knowledgeable and supportive.

Cons
It was easy to expand the system with clones (for example, a dev, stage, production, client specific access). Once you setup all the roles and services for one account, you couldn't easily clone this but pointing to different credentials. Only work around I found was doing it all the DB, but you would have to figure out what means what, as everything is stored as IDs, so not easy to understand.

Response from DreamFactory Software


Thank you for this detailed review. With regards to replicating your DreamFactory environment across multiple instances we have an Import/Export feature. This feature allows you to package up everything from your Services, Roles, and much more to be imported into a fresh instance without frustration.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Anonymous

Great platform, well done!

Used occasionally for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-01-29
Review Source: Capterra

Overall a great product that will assist you to speed up your development process!

Pros
Great Security and very complete and user friendly documentation. Example apps get your going quick!

Cons
I cant think of anything not to like. In the beginning it might be a little overwhelming, but once you have read the documentation and looked at the samples apps, you on your way.

Response from DreamFactory Software


Thanks for your feedback & glad you are able to shorten your development cycles with DreamFactory! That's why we were founded in the first place.

We have been working very hard to augment our security and compliance feature sets - keep your eyes out for big improvements in Q2 2019 ;)

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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DreamFactory pricing

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DreamFactory features

API
Access Control
Collaboration Tools
Reporting & Statistics

Activity Dashboard (154 other apps)
Activity Tracking (85 other apps)
Alerts / Escalation (79 other apps)
Application Integration (73 other apps)
Auditing (92 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (124 other apps)
Data Import/Export (109 other apps)
Data Visualization (73 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (95 other apps)
Monitoring (211 other apps)
Real Time Data (88 other apps)
Real Time Monitoring (97 other apps)
Real Time Reporting (73 other apps)
SSL Security (76 other apps)
Third Party Integration (148 other apps)
Workflow Management (99 other apps)

Additional information for DreamFactory

Key features of DreamFactory

  • API Automation
  • API Creation
  • API Design
  • API Endpoints
  • API Lifecycle Management
  • Analytics
  • Application Deployment
  • Developer Portal
  • File Sharing
  • IT Project Management
  • REST API
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • SQL Support
  • Server-side Scripting
  • Threat Protection
  • Traffic Control
  • Virtual Foreign Keys
  • WSDL Testing
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Benefits

• DreamFactory offers REST APIs built for SQL databases enabling users to automatically create endpoints for functions, data, stored procedures, pagination, virtual foreign keys, sorting, schema, and more.

• The platform allows users to read, build, delete or update objects with a single API to create virtual foreign keys between tables in the databases.

• The solution turns WSDL into a fully documented REST API helping users generate live API documents from WSDL for testing.

• DreamFactory comes with server-side scripting that enables users to add logic to the response or request of API endpoints or create custom APIs with Python, Java V8, and more.

• The solution leverages Swagger, an open source API documentation project that provides real-time doc status helping users to set different parameters and see the response before building a new application.