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What is Paw?

Paw is a full-featured and beautifully designed Mac app that makes interaction with REST services delightful. Either you are an API maker or consumer, Paw helps you build HTTP requests, inspect the server's response and even generate client code.
Paw is a tool in the API Tools category of a tech stack.

Who uses Paw?

25 companies reportedly use Paw in their tech stacks, including Paw, Swat.io, and PlanHW.

121 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Paw.

Why developers like Paw?

Here鈥檚 a list of reasons why companies and developers use Paw
Paw Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Paw in their tech stack.

Jason Barry
Jason Barry
Cofounder at FeaturePeek | 4 upvotes 161.2K views
Insomnia REST Client
Insomnia REST Client

We've tried a couple REST clients over the years, and Insomnia REST Client has won us over the most. Here's what we like about it compared to other contenders in this category:

  • Uncluttered UI. Things are only in your face when you need them, and the app is visually organized in an intuitive manner.
  • Native Mac app. We wanted the look and feel to be on par with other apps in our OS rather than a web app / Electron app (cough Postman).
  • Easy team sync. Other apps have this too, but Insomnia's model best sets the "set and forget" mentality. Syncs are near instant and I'm always assured that I'm working on the latest version of API endpoints. Apps like Paw use a git-based approach to revision history, but I think this actually over-complicates the sync feature. For ensuring I'm always working on the latest version of something, I'd rather have the sync model be closer to Dropbox's than git's, and Insomnia is closer to Dropbox in that regard.

Some features like automatic public-facing documentation aren't supported, but we currently don't have any public APIs, so this didn't matter to us.

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Jack Littleton
Jack Littleton
Front-end Developer | 1 upvotes 11.2K views

Paw allows me to interface with an API prior to starting UI work that requires the API. This helps me understand what data is required to be sent to the API, and what to expect back.

In cases where I develop the API, Paw helps me to test as I'm developing, ensuring changes I make aren't breaking other parts of the API. Paw

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Paw's Features

  • Organize your Requests, make Groups or sort by Host, Name, etc.
  • Easily build your requests, enjoy Formatters and Dynamic Values.
  • See Request and Response infos, headers, and body.
  • View formatted or raw HTTP Requests and Responses.
  • JSON Outline Viewer and Editor.
  • Paw supports OAuth 1 & 2, HTTP Basic Auth and Amazon S3
  • Paw generates ready-to-use client code

Paw Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Paw?
It is the only complete API development environment, used by nearly five million developers and more than 100,000 companies worldwide.
Amazon API Gateway
Amazon API Gateway handles all the tasks involved in accepting and processing up to hundreds of thousands of concurrent API calls, including traffic management, authorization and access control, monitoring, and API version management.
Insomnia REST Client
Insomnia is a powerful REST API Client with cookie management, environment variables, code generation, and authentication for Mac, Window, and Linux.
Keep tabs on all aspects of your API's performance with uptime monitoring, integration testing, logging and real-time monitoring.
OpenAPI Specification
It defines a standard, language-agnostic interface to RESTful APIs which allows both humans and computers to discover and understand the capabilities of the service without access to source code, documentation, or through network traffic inspection.
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Paw's Followers
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