Apiary vs Read the Docs vs ReadMe.io

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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?"

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Jagdeep Singh
Tech Lead at ucreate.it · | 8 upvotes · 168.3K views

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).

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Sadik Ay
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Postman

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.

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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.

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Pros of Apiary
Pros of Read the Docs
Pros of ReadMe.io
  • 28
    Easy to use
  • 19
    Free to use
  • 12
    Traffic inspector
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    Free
  • 10
    Collaboration
  • 7
    Mock API
  • 4
    Dashboard
  • 3
    Customization
  • 2
    30 Days Trial
  • 2
    Documentation
  • 2
    Access Control
  • 2
    Validate API Documentation
  • 1
    API explorer
  • 1
    Clean syntax
  • 1
    Provisioning
  • 1
    Shared API blueprint templates
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    Github integration helps with collaboration
  • 1
    Code auto-generation
  • 13
    GitHub integration
  • 7
    Free for public repos
  • 2
    Automated Builds
  • 18
    Great UI
  • 16
    Easy
  • 10
    Customizable
  • 10
    Cute mascot
  • 8
    Looks great and is fun to use
  • 5
    It's friggin awesome
  • 3
    Make sample API calls inside the docs

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Cons of Apiary
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      • 4
        Support is awful
      • 2
        No backup and restore capability
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        Full of bugs
      • 2
        Document structure is severely restricted
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        Important parts of the CSS are locked
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        No notifications of edits by other users
      • 1
        Supports only two documents plus a blog
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        Does not support pre-request scripts
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        Random pages display content of other pages instead
      • 1
        Review and comment functionality is hard to work with
      • 1
        Navigation in user-facing copy is spotty
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        All admins have full editing rights

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      What is 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.

      What is Read the Docs?

      It hosts documentation, making it fully searchable and easy to find. You can import your docs using any major version control system, including Mercurial, Git, Subversion, and Bazaar.

      What is ReadMe.io?

      It is an easy-to-use tool to help you build out documentation! Each documentation site that you publish is a project where there is space for documentation, interactive API reference guides, a changelog, and much more.

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      What are some alternatives to Apiary, Read the Docs, and ReadMe.io?
      Apigee
      API management, design, analytics, and security are at the heart of modern digital architecture. The Apigee intelligent API platform is a complete solution for moving business to the digital world.
      Postman
      It is the only complete API development environment, used by nearly five million developers and more than 100,000 companies worldwide.
      Swagger UI
      Swagger UI is a dependency-free collection of HTML, Javascript, and CSS assets that dynamically generate beautiful documentation and sandbox from a Swagger-compliant API
      Gitbook
      It is a modern documentation platform where teams can document everything from products, to APIs and internal knowledge-bases. It is a place to think and track ideas for you & your team.
      Docusaurus
      Docusaurus is a project for easily building, deploying, and maintaining open source project websites.
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