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What is Postman?

It is the only complete API development environment, used by nearly five million developers and more than 100,000 companies worldwide.
Postman is a tool in the API Tools category of a tech stack.

Who uses Postman?

Companies
2526 companies reportedly use Postman in their tech stacks, including Microsoft, Typeform, and Swat.io.

Developers
13043 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Postman.

Postman Integrations

GitHub, Slack, GitLab, Dropbox, and Datadog are some of the popular tools that integrate with Postman. Here's a list of all 19 tools that integrate with Postman.

Why developers like Postman?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Postman
Postman Reviews

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

Noah Zoschke
Noah Zoschke
Engineering Manager at Segment · | 28 upvotes · 199.5K views
atSegmentSegment
Postman
Postman
Markdown
Markdown
ReadMe.io
ReadMe.io
Swagger UI
Swagger UI
#Documentation
#Api
#QA

We just launched the Segment Config API (try it out for yourself here) — a set of public REST APIs that enable you to manage your Segment configuration. A public API is only as good as its #documentation. For the API reference doc we are using Postman.

Postman is an “API development environment”. You download the desktop app, and build API requests by URL and payload. Over time you can build up a set of requests and organize them into a “Postman Collection”. You can generalize a collection with “collection variables”. This allows you to parameterize things like username, password and workspace_name so a user can fill their own values in before making an API call. This makes it possible to use Postman for one-off API tasks instead of writing code.

Then you can add Markdown content to the entire collection, a folder of related methods, and/or every API method to explain how the APIs work. You can publish a collection and easily share it with a URL.

This turns Postman from a personal #API utility to full-blown public interactive API documentation. The result is a great looking web page with all the API calls, docs and sample requests and responses in one place. Check out the results here.

Postman’s powers don’t end here. You can automate Postman with “test scripts” and have it periodically run a collection scripts as “monitors”. We now have #QA around all the APIs in public docs to make sure they are always correct

Along the way we tried other techniques for documenting APIs like ReadMe.io or Swagger UI. These required a lot of effort to customize.

Writing and maintaining a Postman collection takes some work, but the resulting documentation site, interactivity and API testing tools are well worth it.

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Vaibhav Taunk
Vaibhav Taunk
Team Lead at Technovert · | 26 upvotes · 94.4K views
.NET Core
.NET Core
Angular CLI
Angular CLI
React
React
MongoDB
MongoDB
Flutter
Flutter
React Native
React Native
Postman
Postman
Markdown
Markdown
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

I am starting to become a full-stack developer, by choosing and learning .NET Core for API Development, Angular CLI / React for UI Development, MongoDB for database, as it a NoSQL DB and Flutter / React Native for Mobile App Development. Using Postman, Markdown and Visual Studio Code for development.

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Tassanai Singprom
Tassanai Singprom
Web Developer · | 9 upvotes · 288.2K views
JavaScript
JavaScript
PHP
PHP
HTML5
HTML5
jQuery
jQuery
Redis
Redis
Amazon EC2
Amazon EC2
Ubuntu
Ubuntu
Sass
Sass
Vue.js
Vue.js
Firebase
Firebase
Laravel
Laravel
Lumen
Lumen
Amazon RDS
Amazon RDS
GraphQL
GraphQL
MariaDB
MariaDB
Google Analytics
Google Analytics
Postman
Postman
Elasticsearch
Elasticsearch
Git
Git
GitHub
GitHub
GitLab
GitLab
npm
npm
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Kibana
Kibana
Sentry
Sentry
BrowserStack
BrowserStack
Slack
Slack

This is my stack in Application & Data

JavaScript PHP HTML5 jQuery Redis Amazon EC2 Ubuntu Sass Vue.js Firebase Laravel Lumen Amazon RDS GraphQL MariaDB

My Utilities Tools

Google Analytics Postman Elasticsearch

My Devops Tools

Git GitHub GitLab npm Visual Studio Code Kibana Sentry BrowserStack

My Business Tools

Slack

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Tom Klein
Tom Klein
CEO at Gentlent · | 9 upvotes · 99.5K views
atGentlentGentlent
Google Analytics
Google Analytics
Postman
Postman
Stack Overflow
Stack Overflow
Google Drive
Google Drive
Google Maps
Google Maps
CloudFlare
CloudFlare
Stripe
Stripe
PayPal
PayPal
Twilio
Twilio
Let's Encrypt
Let's Encrypt
TensorFlow
TensorFlow

Google Analytics is a great tool to analyze your traffic. To debug our software and ask questions, we love to use Postman and Stack Overflow. Google Drive helps our team to share documents. We're able to build our great products through the APIs by Google Maps, CloudFlare, Stripe, PayPal, Twilio, Let's Encrypt, and TensorFlow.

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Nicholas Rogoff
Nicholas Rogoff
at Avanade UK Ltd. · | 7 upvotes · 97.8K views
atNHS Digital (NHS.UK)NHS Digital (NHS.UK)
.NET Core
.NET Core
C#
C#
Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft SQL Server
JavaScript
JavaScript
jQuery
jQuery
Git
Git
Azure DevOps
Azure DevOps
Postman
Postman
Newman
Newman
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio
Visual Studio

Secure Membership Web API backed by SQL Server. This is the backing API to store additional profile and complex membership metadata outside of an Azure AD B2C provider. The front-end using the Azure AD B2C to allow 3rd party trusted identity providers to authenticate. This API provides a way to add and manage more complex permission structures than can easily be maintained in Azure AD.

We have .Net developers and an Azure infrastructure environment using server-less functions, logic apps and SaaS where ever possible. For this service I opted to keep it as a classic WebAPI project and deployed to AppService.

  • Trusted Authentication Provider: @AzureActiveDirectoryB2C
  • Frameworks: .NET Core
  • Language: C# , Microsoft SQL Server , JavaScript
  • IDEs: Visual Studio Code , Visual Studio
  • Libraries: jQuery @EntityFramework, @AutoMapper, @FeatureToggle , @Swashbuckle
  • Database: @SqlAzure
  • Source Control: Git
  • Build and Release Pipelines: Azure DevOps
  • Test tools: Postman , Newman
  • Test framework: @nUnit, @moq
  • Infrastructure: @AzureAppService, @AzureAPIManagement
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Paul Adams
Paul Adams
Founder; CEO; Lead Full Stack Developer at The Coders Zone · | 7 upvotes · 35K views
atThe Coders ZoneThe Coders Zone
CloudFlare
CloudFlare
Stripe Billing
Stripe Billing
Postman
Postman

We have used CloudFlare ourselves for many years and have been delighted with the enhanced performance of static content on our website and security benefits (such as DDOS mitigation and the web application firewall) for our APIs and client dashboard. Stripe Billing is a straightforward solution to recurring billing and the developer-friendly API allows us to automate the billing process from start to finish. Postman a great tool for testing APIs. Life without it would be a whole lot more difficult.

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Postman's Features

  • Compact layout
  • HTTP requests with file upload support
  • Formatted API responses for JSON and XML
  • Image previews
  • Request history
  • Basic Auth, OAuth 1.0, OAuth 2.0, and other common auth helpers
  • Autocomplete for URL and header values
  • Key/value editors for adding parameters or header values. Works for URL parameters too.
  • Use environment variables to easily shift between settings. Great for testing production, staging or local setups.
  • Keyboard shortcuts to maximize your productivity
  • Automatically generated web documentation
  • Mock servers hosted on Postman’s cloud
  • API monitoring run from Postman cloud

Postman Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Postman?
Swagger UI
Swagger UI is a dependency-free collection of HTML, Javascript, and CSS assets that dynamically generate beautiful documentation and sandbox from a Swagger-compliant API
Insomnia REST Client
Insomnia is a powerful REST API Client with cookie management, environment variables, code generation, and authentication for Mac, Window, and Linux.
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.
Apigee
API management, design, analytics, and security are at the heart of modern digital architecture. The Apigee intelligent API platform is a complete solution for moving business to the digital world.
cURL
Used in command lines or scripts to transfer data. It is also used in cars, television sets, routers, printers, audio equipment, mobile phones, tablets, and is the internet transfer backbone for thousands of software applications affecting billions of humans daily.
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