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Import Open API Spec File to Akto

This blog walks you through how to import Open API and Swagger spec files to Akto.

Akto and OpenAPI
Akto and OpenAPI
Akto and OpenAPI
Raaga Srinivas

Raaga Srinivas

5 mins


When it comes to managing APIs, organizations often rely on Swagger/OpenAPI as their primary source. Swagger provides a comprehensive framework for designing, building, and documenting APIs. However, the challenge arises when businesses need to integrate these Swagger files into their existing API security platforms.

What is Swagger?

With Swagger, businesses can ensure consistency and clarity in API development by providing a standardized format for API specifications. It simplifies the process of API integration and enables developers to generate interactive documentation automatically. Swagger also facilitates collaboration among team members and enhances the overall efficiency of API development and maintenance.

Swagger Vs. OpenAPI

Being one of the primary source of reference for managing APIs, we often get the question- How is Swagger different from OpenAPI?

Swagger and OpenAPI are closely related but have distinct differences. Swagger is an open-source framework that provides tools for designing, building, and documenting APIs. It defines a set of specifications and conventions for creating API documentation. On the other hand, OpenAPI is a specification that is based on Swagger and provides a standardized format for describing RESTful APIs. OpenAPI builds upon Swagger and adds additional features, such as support for JSON and YAML formats.

Yet, even with these features, businesses still face the challenge of importing their API repository on to a testing platform.

Seamlessly Import OpenAPI Files to Akto and start API scanning

This is where Akto comes into play!

Akto provides a single dashboard for all your APIs

Once you have imported swagger file in Akto dashboard, you can now start scanning your APIs for vulnerabilities using Akto’s test library.

Follow these steps to import your swagger file:

Step 1: Login to Akto and Navigate to Quick Start

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Login to your Akto account and Click on ‘Quick Start’ in the left nav.

You can also explore Akto’s 20+ connectors which are meticulously engineered to handle high-scale production traffic, providing organizations with a seamless and efficient means to secure their API landscape without compromising on performance.

Step 2: Scroll Down and Click on Open API traffic connection

On Akto, you can upload Swagger/OpenAPI files through the same process. Check out the pre-requisites to uploading Swagger files in Akto’s documentation.

Step 3: Upload your Swagger File

Once you’re clear, you can now upload your Swagger files!

Step 4: View all API endpoints under API Inventory

View your Swagger API endpoints under API collections.

For API security testing with Akto, you can simply get a comprehensive overview of all endpoints under ‘All’ and easily get started on testing!

Testing on Akto

Once you import your Swagger/OpenAPI files, you can connect to live traffic sources like AWS and GCP. You now have a repository of all your APIs!

The next step is to start running tests and scan for vulnerabilities on Akto. Check out Akto’s Test Library to get started.


In conclusion, the ability to import Swagger files to Akto addresses the essential need of organizations to effectively manage and secure their APIs. It gives an easy way to start API Scanning using Akto. Not that since swagger doesn’t have sample values, the scanning of APIs will be limited and won’t be as effective as with the APIs with sample values. To advance your API scanning capabilities for APIs with sample traffic, use Akto’s automated connectors.

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