Webhooks enable third-party services to send real-time updates to your app. Updates are triggered by some event or action by the webhook provider, and are pushed to your app via HTTP requests.
The alternative to webhooks is to pull data from an API. However, pull APIs can waste time (your app will make requests to the API even when there’s no data to pull from the service) and cause delays (you’ll have to poll the API frequently to ensure you get the most up-to-date data). If you’re building an app that requires real-time updates, even once-a-minute pulls can be too slow.
Pipedream makes webhook integrations and debugging easier. Create a public endpoint to receive and inspect HTTP requests from any source, and easily inspect the headers, payload and more.