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Alternatives to RAML

Apiary, YAML, JSON, REST, and Postman 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.

Top Alternatives to RAML

  • Apiary

    Apiary

    It takes more than a simple HTML page to thrill your API users. The right tools take weeks of development. Weeks that apiary.io saves. ...

  • YAML

    YAML

    A human-readable data-serialization language. It is commonly used for configuration files, but could be used in many applications where data is being stored or transmitted. ...

  • JSON

    JSON

    JavaScript Object Notation is a lightweight data-interchange format. It is easy for humans to read and write. It is easy for machines to parse and generate. It is based on a subset of the JavaScript Programming Language. ...

  • REST

    REST

    An architectural style for developing web services. A distributed system framework that uses Web protocols and technologies. ...

  • Postman

    Postman

    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

    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 REST Client

    Insomnia is a powerful REST API Client with cookie management, environment variables, code generation, and authentication for Mac, Window, and Linux. ...

  • OpenAPI

    OpenAPI

    It is a publicly available application programming interface that provides developers with programmatic access to a proprietary software application or web service. ...

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    Traffic inspector
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    Free
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    Collaboration
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    Mock API
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    Dashboard
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    Customization
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    30 Days Trial
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    Documentation
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    Access Control
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    Validate API Documentation
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    API explorer
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    Clean syntax
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    Provisioning
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    YAML

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          Ali Soueidan
          Creative Web Developer at Ali Soueidan · | 18 upvotes · 745K views

          Application and Data: Since my personal website ( https://alisoueidan.com ) is a SPA I've chosen to use Vue.js, as a framework to create it. After a short skeptical phase I immediately felt in love with the single file component concept! I also used vuex for state management, which makes working with several components, which are communicating with each other even more fun and convenient to use. Of course, using Vue requires using JavaScript as well, since it is the basis of it.

          For markup and style, I used Pug and Sass, since they’re the perfect match to me. I love the clean and strict syntax of both of them and even more that their structure is almost similar. Also, both of them come with an expanded functionality such as mixins, loops and so on related to their “siblings” (HTML and CSS). Both of them require nesting and prevent untidy code, which can be a huge advantage when working in teams. I used JSON to store data (since the data quantity on my website is moderate) – JSON works also good in combo with Pug, using for loops, based on the JSON Objects for example.

          To send my contact form I used PHP, since sending emails using PHP is still relatively convenient, simple and easy done.

          DevOps: Of course, I used Git to do my version management (which I even do in smaller projects like my website just have an additional backup of my code). On top of that I used GitHub since it now supports private repository for free accounts (which I am using for my own). I use Babel to use ES6 functionality such as arrow functions and so on, and still don’t losing cross browser compatibility.

          Side note: I used npm for package management. 🎉

          *Business Tools: * I use Asana to organize my project. This is a big advantage to me, even if I work alone, since “private” projects can get interrupted for some time. By using Asana I still know (even after month of not touching a project) what I’ve done, on which task I was at last working on and what still is to do. Working in Teams (for enterprise I’d take on Jira instead) of course Asana is a Tool which I really love to use as well. All the graphics on my website are SVG which I have created with Adobe Illustrator and adjusted within the SVG code or by using JavaScript or CSS (SASS).

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          I use Visual Studio Code because at this time is a mature software and I can do practically everything using it.

          • It's free and open source: The project is hosted on GitHub and it’s free to download, fork, modify and contribute to the project.

          • Multi-platform: You can download binaries for different platforms, included Windows (x64), MacOS and Linux (.rpm and .deb packages)

          • LightWeight: It runs smoothly in different devices. It has an average memory and CPU usage. Starts almost immediately and it’s very stable.

          • Extended language support: Supports by default the majority of the most used languages and syntax like JavaScript, HTML, C#, Swift, Java, PHP, Python and others. Also, VS Code supports different file types associated to projects like .ini, .properties, XML and JSON files.

          • Integrated tools: Includes an integrated terminal, debugger, problem list and console output inspector. The project navigator sidebar is simple and powerful: you can manage your files and folders with ease. The command palette helps you find commands by text. The search widget has a powerful auto-complete feature to search and find your files.

          • Extensible and configurable: There are many extensions available for every language supported, including syntax highlighters, IntelliSense and code completion, and debuggers. There are also extension to manage application configuration and architecture like Docker and Jenkins.

          • Integrated with Git: You can visually manage your project repositories, pull, commit and push your changes, and easy conflict resolution.( there is support for SVN (Subversion) users by plugin)

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          REST logo

          REST

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            Postman

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              Makes developing rest api's easy peasy
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              Easy setup, looks good
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              The best api workflow out there
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              History feature
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              It's the best
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              Adds real value to my workflow
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              Great interface that magically predicts your needs
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              The best in class app
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              Can save and share script
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              Fully featured without looking cluttered
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              Collections
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              Global/Environment Variables
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              Shareable Collections
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              Dead simple and useful. Excellent
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              Dark theme easy on the eyes
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              Option to run scrips
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              Awesome customer support
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              Great integration with newman
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              The test script is useful
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              This has simplified my testing significantly
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              Easy as pie
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              Simple
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              Documentation
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              Makes testing API's as easy as 1,2,3
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              Saves responses
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              API-network
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              Mocking API calls with predefined response
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              I'd recommend it to everyone who works with apis
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              Pre-request Script and Test attributes are invaluable
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              Postman Runner CI Integration
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              Now supports GraphQL
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              Continuous integration using newman
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              Easy to setup, test and provides test storage
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            CONS OF POSTMAN
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              Stores credentials in HTTP
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              Cumbersome to switch authentication tokens
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              Can't prompt for per-request variables

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            Noah Zoschke
            Engineering Manager at Segment · | 30 upvotes · 1.9M views

            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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            Simon Reymann
            Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 24 upvotes · 1.7M 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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            Amazon API Gateway

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            Insomnia REST Client

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            PROS OF INSOMNIA REST CLIENT
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              Preserves request templates
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              Cross platform, available for Mac, Windows, and Linux
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            CONS OF INSOMNIA REST CLIENT
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              Do not have team sharing options
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              Do not store credentials in HTTP

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            Jason Barry
            Cofounder at FeaturePeek · | 4 upvotes · 1.8M views

            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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            OpenAPI

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                Joshua Dean Küpper
                CEO at Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) · | 4 upvotes · 187.1K 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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