API Tracker vs Paw: What are the differences?
Developers describe API Tracker as "Track and manage the APIs you use". It is API integration reliability as a service. It helps developers build secure and reliable API integrations faster. With API Tracker, developers can have full visibility into their integration without having to log network calls and setting up APM. On the other hand, Paw is detailed as "The ultimate REST client for Mac". Paw is a full-featured and beautifully designed Mac app that makes interaction with REST services delightful. Either you are an API maker or consumer, Paw helps you build HTTP requests, inspect the server's response and even generate client code.
API Tracker and Paw can be categorized as "API" tools.
Some of the features offered by API Tracker are:
- Monitor all of your integrations in one dashboard
- Receive real-time alerts for latency and errors
- Increase reliability
On the other hand, Paw provides the following key features:
- Organize your Requests, make Groups or sort by Host, Name, etc.
- Easily build your requests, enjoy Formatters and Dynamic Values.
- See Request and Response infos, headers, and body.
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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.
Paw allows me to interface with an API prior to starting UI work that requires the API. This helps me understand what data is required to be sent to the API, and what to expect back.
In cases where I develop the API, Paw helps me to test as I'm developing, ensuring changes I make aren't breaking other parts of the API.