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More than 10 years ago, I joined Strava to help bolster the app’s core functionality, such as mobile GPS recording (still new at the time) and much more. As we grew, my role evolved as we shifted our focus to our external API. A deeper investment in our developer ecosystem enabled us to evolve our services and establish a model where connecting to Strava was indispensable to growth, especially for tracking apps. As a result, today, we have over 85,000+ applications in our connected ecosystem, including partners like Garmin, Oura, Peloton, Zwift, Whoop, VeloViewer, and many more. Over a decade later, I am proud to have collaborated with an incredible team to transform Strava into the unifying platform for all GPS devices, workout and fitness apps, and other tools serving our global community of active people.

Of course, none of these milestones would have been possible without you – the developers building the amazing apps that connect to our API. Not much has changed since we set on our mission to put Strava at the center of connected fitness, which is why today, I am excited to introduce you to our updated developer program.

With over 100M athletes in 190 countries worldwide, we know the opportunity to build on Strava’s API is more lucrative than ever. For this reason, we’ve redesigned our program to provide you with the tools, support, and knowledge you’ll need as you build and grow your app. This means you’ll have better communication with developer support and partner managers to help you innovate and ideate on paths to growth here on Strava.

Overall, this process unlocks more opportunities for app owners to connect the active people on our platform with the motivation that keeps them moving.

Here’s what you can expect in the coming months as we begin our program updates:

  • If you have an app currently connected to our external API, you can expect an email from our team outlining what comes next. We’ll ask app owners to submit a new application for review to help us determine the appropriate level of support to provide based on your needs. You will have 6 months to submit your app for review, and once approved, you’ll be set for the year.
  • For those interested in building on our API - welcome! Please contact our team at to begin your application process and get introduced to our API and updated program.
  • Finally, we’ve updated our homepage. Find us at to stay up-to-date with updates, news, and more.

We’re proud to have over 85,000 of you – developers, organizations, and apps on our API. We know that by optimizing the ways we work together, we can better reward your innovation and growth by connecting your app to the largest community of athletes in the world.

Mt. Kenya

Please clarify section 1.2, specifically how/where shall the App display the “Powered by Strava” logo. 

  1. Must display the logo on the startup splash screen?
  2. Must display the logo on the Apple App Store page?


1.2 Strava API Logos
All apps must display the “Powered by Strava” logo or “Compatible with Strava” logo on all websites, apps and any distributable media such as images, videos or prints. No variations or modifications are acceptable.
Mt. Kenya

Here's the thing: Strava was one of the last websites to make it possible to have personal API apps. Seems like this is changing, and I hope you could clarify why.

I'm just a single developer who wants to access my data through some API. I'm not creating any website or app for someone else. The only data I want to access is mine. The "app" will not be used by anyone else other than me. The "app" is in fact, not an app and just some background script.

From what I've understood, I won't be able to continue using "My API Application" from next March. I'd have to submit a developer program form, even for such a personal script - not a public available application. This I get this right?

Mt. Kenya

That's also my understanding: it seems like I now have to ask strava permission to access my own data. They might  or they might not allow it. They might rescind it any time. Is that correct?

Mt. Kenya

Yes this seems like a huge step backwards. Similar to what twitter did years ago (well before the musk takeover). In the end they rolled the restrictions back since they realized an open api is much more valuable.

I’m also concerned about personal api usage.

Mt. Kenya

I am trying to submit the form, but the network calls are throwing errors  Can someone help?image (1).pngimage.png