- About us

Unkey is an open source API authentication and authorization platform for scaling user facing APIs. Create, verify, and manage low latency API keys in seconds.

Unkey was started by James Perkins and Andreas Thomas in 2023. We were frustrated by the lack of a simple, easy to use API authentication solution that was also fast and scalable. We decided to build our own solution and Unkey was born.

What is Unkey?

  • Globally Founded, Globally Remote. We are globally remote and were founded that way too. We believe that the best talent is not always in the same place and that we can build a better product by hiring the best talent, no matter where they are.
  • Builders, Innovators. We are serial builders who love to innovate. We are always looking for new ways to improve our product and our community. If we aren't working on Unkey, we are probably learning about something new.
  • Open Source. Unkey is a fully open source project, we believe that open source leads to better products and better communities. We are committed to building a great open source community around Unkey and providing the ability to self host for those who want it.


  • James Perkins

    Co-Founder / CEO

  • Andreas Thomas

    Co-Founder / CTO

  • Michael Silva


  • Dom Eccleston


From the blog

We write about latest trends in development, and changes to Unkey

How to build authentic communication in your team

Authentic communication is the key to building trust and collaboration in your team.

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Decoding CLI Authentication

Command Line Interfaces (CLI) have become integral tools for developers looking to streamline their workflow, but how does it actually work?

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