When to use SOAP & When to use REST ?

Before starting with When? for using SOAP and REST. Let’s just go through basic definition of each.


Simple Object Access Protocol is messaging protocol specification for exchanging structure information between two application.


REpresentational State Transfer is an architectural style for providing standards between computer applications.

SOAP Services can be used in below scenarios:

  1. Stateful Operations are required. (eg. E-commerce website which has Shopping cart which has to maintain state across the User session and afterwards as per the need)
  2. Asynchronous processing and subsequent invocations.
  3. A formal means of communications.

REST Services can be used when Business has priorities as below:

  1. Limited resources
  2. Statelessness
  3. Caching
  4. Ease of coding

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