An ultimate guide to Webhooks
An ultimate guide to Webhooks
Webhooks are gaining interest these days. Used by most of the apps, they have become necessary in this app world. It has become crucial to know where can we use them and how.  Before we go further with it, let us first know what the webhook is?

What is Webhook?

Webhooks are user-defined callbacks over HTTP meaning it is a way to communicate online applications between each other. A webhook delivers data immediately to other applications, unlike other APIs where you need to poll for the data very frequently to get it real-time. This is extremely beneficial for both the producer and the consumer. For further understanding, let’s consider an example, suppose we have an e-commerce website, and we want to make payment through PayPal, and when a sale is made, we need to send a code/URL to PayPal. This URL is webhook.

How do Webhook work?

  • Attach a small code snippet to a web application to listen.
  • Trigger event count
  • Webhook see the event and catches the specified data.
  • Forward the information back to your website application.
  • Data is aggregated and consumed

Where can we use?


Push- It is the best reason to use webhooks. As stated above, no more polling, just register a WebHook and receive data at your doorstep within a blink of your eyes.

Pipe- It happens when a Webhook does something additional other than receiving the real-time data. For example- You create a script that creates twitter message and have it triggered by a WebHook whenever you add a new product to your e-commerce website.

Plugin- It lets the entire web to become a programming platform. Here the Webhook, allows others to extend your application same in the case of e-commerce and PayPal.

The other usage may include Chaining, Modifications, Data Synchronisations, etc.

By now, you must have got an idea of what webhooks are, how do they work and where can we use them. To get more details on WebHooks, stay tuned.