= Representational state transfer. REST is a method for implementing web services and data communication via HTTP protocols in distributed systems, including the World Wide Web (WWW).

Concept derivation

The term REST is derived from the navigation between internet pages. The current state is described by an internet page on which one is located (representation). Clicking different links changes the state and refers to a new representation.


REST is used for mobile apps, social media websites, online shops and automated business processes to establish connections via interfaces.