Amazon API Gateway vs Insomnia REST Client: What are the differences?
Amazon API Gateway: Create, publish, maintain, monitor, and secure APIs at any scale. 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: The most intuitive cross-platform REST API Client 😴. Insomnia is a powerful REST API Client with cookie management, environment variables, code generation, and authentication for Mac, Window, and Linux.
Amazon API Gateway and Insomnia REST Client belong to "API Tools" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by Amazon API Gateway are:
- Build, Deploy and Manage APIs
- API Lifecycle Management
On the other hand, Insomnia REST Client provides the following key features:
- Mac, Windows and Linux
- Data import/export
- SSL client certificates
"AWS Integration" is the primary reason why developers consider Amazon API Gateway over the competitors, whereas "Easy to work with" was stated as the key factor in picking Insomnia REST Client.
Insomnia REST Client is an open source tool with 10.2K GitHub stars and 590 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Insomnia REST Client's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Amazon API Gateway has a broader approval, being mentioned in 170 company stacks & 65 developers stacks; compared to Insomnia REST Client, which is listed in 35 company stacks and 30 developer stacks.
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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).
- 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.
API Gateway in conjunction with Lambda has allowed us to become 'serverless'. We have a number of API endpoints that range from simple CRUD operations, through to triggering chains of complex background jobs. Like Lambda, this service has released us from getting bogged down in infrastructure management, freeing up huge amounts of time to focus on solving business problems.
It provides me with POST endpoints; I don't run servers and some third-party services need to POST data to my application.
Triggers the Lambda function from a GitHub WebHook push into
Excellent API Gateway, some quirks but most are being addressed over time, easy integration with Lambda