As of the start of 2023, Airbyte has over 300 connectors in our Open-Source repository. At Move(data), our first conference, we announced that we will soon be bringing most of these connectors to Airbyte Cloud - for free while they are in the Alpha or Beta Release Stages! In this post, I want to share more details about our Connector Release Stages, and how Airbyte uses them to ensure that you only pay for the most reliable and well-tested connectors.
My name is Evan, and I’m the Engineering Manager for the Connector Operations team. The Connector Operations Team focuses exclusively on what it means to test, publish, and manage Airbyte connectors. In 2023, we are going to dramatically grow the number of sources and destinations that Airbyte can read and write to. In addition to our normal home-grown and community contributed connectors using the CDK (connector development kit), we are soon going to release our low-code connector builder. This will make it so that you can build a connector for any API source without even writing a line of code. This will lead to a lot more connectors being developed in 2023!
In early 2022 we introduced a grading system for connectors called “Connector Release Stages”, and have been evolving them ever since: From our docs: