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What is Apiary? Integrated API documentation, prototyping and testing. It takes more than a simple HTML page to thrill your API users. The right tools take weeks of development. Weeks that saves.

What is Beautiful documentation made easy. Collaborative Developer Hubs.

Apiary and can be primarily classified as "Documentation as a Service &" tools.

Some of the features offered by Apiary are:

  • Documentation- Organized around resources, code samples with syntax highlight, easy to explore.
  • Inspector- Users can make API calls through, we show them how they differ from documentation.
  • Community- Opensource your API documentation on GitHub. The right channel between developers on both side of the API.

On the other hand, provides the following key features:

  • Collaboration - Crowdsource your docs! Users can keep docs current by suggesting changes.
  • API Explorer - Let users play with your API right inside the documentation.
  • GitHub Sync - Keep auto-generated reference docs synced with your actual code.

"Easy to use" is the primary reason why developers consider Apiary over the competitors, whereas "Great UI" was stated as the key factor in picking

Sellsuki, TestLegends, and Frank and Oak are some of the popular companies that use Apiary, whereas is used by UNION,, and Codacy. Apiary has a broader approval, being mentioned in 43 company stacks & 19 developers stacks; compared to, which is listed in 33 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.

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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 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 · | 8 upvotes · 354.7K 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

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
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    Easy to use
  • 19
    Free to use
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    Traffic inspector
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    Mock API
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    30 Days Trial
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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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    Shared API blueprint templates
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    Github integration helps with collaboration
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    Code auto-generation
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    Great UI
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    Cute mascot
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    Looks great and is fun to use
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    It's friggin awesome
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    Make sample API calls inside the docs

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Cons of Apiary
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    • 4
      Support is awful
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      No backup and restore capability
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      Important parts of the CSS are locked
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      Document structure is severely restricted
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      Full of bugs
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      No notifications of edits by other users
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      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
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      Review and comment functionality is hard to work with
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      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 saves.

    What is

    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 and
    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.
    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
    JSDoc 3 is an API documentation generator for JavaScript, similar to JavaDoc or PHPDoc. You add documentation comments directly to your source code, right along side the code itself. The JSDoc Tool will scan your source code, and generate a complete HTML documentation website for you.
    Docusaurus is a project for easily building, deploying, and maintaining open source project websites.
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