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Swagger UI, Insomnia REST Client, Paw, Apigee, and cURL are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Postman.
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What is Postman and what are its top alternatives?

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.

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Noah Zoschke
Noah Zoschke
Engineering Manager at Segment · | 28 upvotes · 199.5K views
atSegmentSegment
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ReadMe.io
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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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Tim Nolet
Tim Nolet
Founder, Engineer & Dishwasher at Checkly · | 7 upvotes · 57.3K views
atChecklyHQChecklyHQ
JavaScript
JavaScript
Node.js
Node.js
hapi
hapi
Vue.js
Vue.js
Swagger UI
Swagger UI
Slate
Slate

JavaScript Node.js hapi Vue.js Swagger UI Slate

Two weeks ago we released the public API for Checkly. We already had an API that was serving our frontend Vue.js app. We decided to create an new set of API endpoints and not reuse the already existing one. The blog post linked below details what parts we needed to refactor, what parts we added and how we handled generating API documentation. More specifically, the post dives into:

  • Refactoring the existing Hapi.js based API
  • API key based authentication
  • Refactoring models with Objection.js
  • Validating plan limits
  • Generating Swagger & Slate based documentation
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Jason Barry
Jason Barry
Cofounder at FeaturePeek · | 4 upvotes · 53K views
atFeaturePeekFeaturePeek
Insomnia REST Client
Insomnia REST Client
Postman
Postman
Paw
Paw
Dropbox
Dropbox

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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Jason Barry
Jason Barry
Cofounder at FeaturePeek · | 4 upvotes · 53K views
atFeaturePeekFeaturePeek
Insomnia REST Client
Insomnia REST Client
Postman
Postman
Paw
Paw
Dropbox
Dropbox

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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Command Line Tool and Library for Transferring Data With URLs
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    Amazon API Gateway

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    RAML

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    Charles

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      Retrofit

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        related ReadMe.io posts

        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.

        See more
        Todd Gardner
        Todd Gardner
        President at TrackJS · | 4 upvotes · 95.1K views
        atTrackJSTrackJS
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        GitHub Pages
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        ReadMe.io
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        Read the Docs
        Read the Docs
        Gatsby
        Gatsby

        We recently needed to rebuild our documentation site, currently built using Jekyll hosted on GitHub Pages. We wanted to update the content and refresh the style to make it easier to find answers.

        We considered hosted services that could accept our markdown content, like ReadMe.io and Read the Docs, however both seemed expensive for essentially hosting the same platform we already had for free.

        I also looked at the Gatsby Static Site generator to modernize Jekyll. I don't think this is a fit, as our documentation is relatively simple and relies heavily on Markdown. Jekyll excels at Markdown, while Gatsby seemed to struggle with it.

        We chose to stick with the current platform and just refresh our template and style with some add-on JavaScript.

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        OpenAPI Specification

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