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Alternatives to RAML

Apiary, YAML, Postman, Amazon API Gateway, and Insomnia REST Client are the most popular alternatives and competitors to RAML.
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What is RAML and what are its top alternatives?

RESTful API Modeling Language (RAML) makes it easy to manage the whole API lifecycle from design to sharing. It's concise - you only write what you need to define - and reusable. It is machine readable API design that is actually human friendly.
RAML is a tool in the API Tools category of a tech stack.

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YAML

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    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.

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    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).
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