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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?

4602 companies reportedly use Postman in their tech stacks, including Udemy, CRED, and Postman.

87260 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 37 tools that integrate with Postman.
Pros of Postman
Easy to use
Great tool
Makes developing rest api's easy peasy
Easy setup, looks good
The best api workflow out there
It's the best
History feature
Adds real value to my workflow
Great interface that magically predicts your needs
The best in class app
Can save and share script
Fully featured without looking cluttered
Option to run scrips
Global/Environment Variables
Shareable Collections
Dead simple and useful. Excellent
Dark theme easy on the eyes
Awesome customer support
Great integration with newman
The test script is useful
Saves responses
This has simplified my testing significantly
Makes testing API's as easy as 1,2,3
Easy as pie
I'd recommend it to everyone who works with apis
Mocking API calls with predefined response
Now supports GraphQL
Postman Runner CI Integration
Easy to setup, test and provides test storage
Continuous integration using newman
Pre-request Script and Test attributes are invaluable
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Decisions about Postman

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

Arthur Henrique Della Fraga
Software Solution Architect at Supernova · | 5 upvotes · 71.8K views
Needs advice

I'm starting to implement a new full-stack application and adopting an API-first development approach. Right now deciding which of these tools to use to build, mock and track the evolution of my just-born OpenAPI specification.

I'm already familiar with Postman when it comes to consuming ready-to-use implemented API, but not yet with its API-build features. As well as I barely know how FastAPI could help with this goal.

I would like to understand if there'd be a big difference of usage and capabilities between these tools. And any other one that could help on development, test and documentation of a REST API.

Thanks a lot for helping on this!

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Needs advice

hello, I have started with Postman and SuperTest,, however I feel like both does a similar task, so please if anyone can advice me regarding what to choose for learning advanced content from both and what makes them different

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Simon Reymann
Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 27 upvotes · 4.8M views

Our whole Node.js backend stack consists of the following tools:

  • Lerna as a tool for multi package and multi repository management
  • npm as package manager
  • NestJS as Node.js framework
  • TypeScript as programming language
  • ExpressJS as web server
  • Swagger UI for visualizing and interacting with the API’s resources
  • Postman as a tool for API development
  • TypeORM as object relational mapping layer
  • JSON Web Token for access token management

The main reason we have chosen Node.js over PHP is related to the following artifacts:

  • Made for the web and widely in use: Node.js is a software platform for developing server-side network services. Well-known projects that rely on Node.js include the blogging software Ghost, the project management tool Trello and the operating system WebOS. Node.js requires the JavaScript runtime environment V8, which was specially developed by Google for the popular Chrome browser. This guarantees a very resource-saving architecture, which qualifies Node.js especially for the operation of a web server. Ryan Dahl, the developer of Node.js, released the first stable version on May 27, 2009. He developed Node.js out of dissatisfaction with the possibilities that JavaScript offered at the time. The basic functionality of Node.js has been mapped with JavaScript since the first version, which can be expanded with a large number of different modules. The current package managers (npm or Yarn) for Node.js know more than 1,000,000 of these modules.
  • Fast server-side solutions: Node.js adopts the JavaScript "event-loop" to create non-blocking I/O applications that conveniently serve simultaneous events. With the standard available asynchronous processing within JavaScript/TypeScript, highly scalable, server-side solutions can be realized. The efficient use of the CPU and the RAM is maximized and more simultaneous requests can be processed than with conventional multi-thread servers.
  • A language along the entire stack: Widely used frameworks such as React or AngularJS or Vue.js, which we prefer, are written in JavaScript/TypeScript. If Node.js is now used on the server side, you can use all the advantages of a uniform script language throughout the entire application development. The same language in the back- and frontend simplifies the maintenance of the application and also the coordination within the development team.
  • Flexibility: Node.js sets very few strict dependencies, rules and guidelines and thus grants a high degree of flexibility in application development. There are no strict conventions so that the appropriate architecture, design structures, modules and features can be freely selected for the development.
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Needs advice
Katalon StudioKatalon Studio

I want to do api testing using any one of this tool. I need to run the test scripts whenever new collection has been given. So if i run my test in Postman, i need to add test scripts manually every time i get new collections. Guide me is there any alternate solutions to reuse my test scripts in postman or which one is best either Katalon Studio or postman..

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Rajeshkumar T
Technical Lead at Kopa Global Technologies · | 1 upvote · 43.2K views
Shared insights
  • Its used to check and validate all the web services API [ JSON Format] for branded customer mobile apps (iOS & Android) and food delivery app. Postman
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Joshua Dean Küpper
CEO at Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) · | 4 upvotes · 474.8K views

We use Swagger Inspector in conjunction with our universal REST-API "Charon". Swagger Inspector makes testing edge-cases hassle-free and lets testing look easy. Swagger Inspector was also a great help to explore the Mojang-API, that we are dependent on, because it is the central repository for minecraft-account-data.

We previously used Postman but decided to switch over to Swagger Inspector because it also integrated seamlessly into Swagger UI, which we use for displaying our OpenAPI specification of said REST-API.

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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
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