Differences between SOAP and RESTful web services

Difference between Rest and Soap


  1. SOAP is a protocol.
  2. SOAP stands for Simple Object Access Protocol.
  3. SOAP can’t use REST because it is a protocol.
  4. SOAP uses services interfaces to expose the business logic.
  5. SOAP defines standards to be strictly followed.
  6. SOAP requires more bandwidth and resource than REST.
  7. SOAP defines its own security.
  8. SOAP permits XML data format only.
  9. SOAP is less preferred than REST.


  1. REST is an architectural style.
  2. REST stands for Representational State Transfer.
  3. REST can use SOAP web services because it is a concept and can use any protocol like HTTP, SOAP.
  4. REST uses URI to expose business logic.
  5. REST does not define too much standards like SOAP.
  6. REST requires less bandwidth and resource than SOAP.
  7. RESTful web services inherit security measures from the underlying transport.
  8. REST permits different data format such as Plain text, HTML, XML, JSON etc.
  9. REST more preferred than SOAP.