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API Blueprint vs Swagger UI: What are the differences?
What is API Blueprint? A powerful high-level API design language for web APIs. API Blueprint is simple and accessible to everybody involved in the API lifecycle. Its syntax is concise yet expressive. With API Blueprint you can quickly design and prototype APIs to be created or document and test already deployed mission-critical APIs.
API Blueprint and Swagger UI are primarily classified as "API" and "Documentation as a Service &" tools respectively.
API Blueprint is an open source tool with 7.52K GitHub stars and 2.07K GitHub forks. Here's a link to API Blueprint's open source repository on GitHub.
From a StackShare Community member: "I just started working for a start-up and we are in desperate need of better documentation for our API. Currently our API docs is in a README.md file. We are evaluating Postman and Swagger UI. Since there are many options and I was wondering what other StackSharers would recommend?"
I use Postman because of the ease of team-management, using workspaces and teams, runner, collections, environment variables, test-scripts (post execution), variable management (pre and post execution), folders (inside collections, for better management of APIs), newman, easy-ci-integration (and probably a few more things that I am not able to recall right now).
I recommend Postman because it's easy to use with history option. Also, it has very great features like runner, collections, test scripts runners, defining environment variables and simple exporting and importing data.
I use Swagger UI because it's an easy tool for end-consumers to visualize and test our APIs. It focuses on that ! And it's directly embedded and delivered with the APIs. Postman's built-in tools aren't bad, but their main focus isn't the documentation and also, they are hosted outside the project.
Pros of API Blueprint
- Easy to use1
- Ecosystem of tools1
Pros of Swagger UI
- Open Source48
- Can execute api calls from the documentation34
- Free to use29
- Easy to implement in .Net14
- Mature, clean spec13
- API Visualization12
- Easy to use6
- Vibrant and active community5
- Adopted by tm forum api3
- Clear for React2
- Can deploy API to AWS API Gateway and AWS Lambda1
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Cons of API Blueprint
Cons of Swagger UI
- Need to learn YAML and RAML3
- Documentation doesn't look that good2
- Doesn't generate code snippets in different languages1
- You don’t actually get in-line error highlighting1
- Does not support hypermedia1