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APItools vs Postman: What are the differences?

APItools: API Zen For App Developers and DevOps. APItools is a service for developers to test and debug API traffic, troubleshoot, etc. and for devops to monitor API traffic. Available in the cloud and on-premise. Open source. In private beta; Postman: Only complete API development environment. Postman is the only complete API development environment, used by nearly five million developers and more than 100,000 companies worldwide.

APItools and Postman can be primarily classified as "API" tools.

"Flexibility" is the top reason why over 2 developers like APItools, while over 464 developers mention "Easy to use" as the leading cause for choosing Postman.

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What is APItools?

APItools is a service for developers to test and debug API traffic, troubleshoot, etc. and for devops to monitor API traffic. Available in the cloud and on-premise. Open source. In private beta.

What is Postman?

It is the only complete API development environment, used by nearly five million developers and more than 100,000 companies worldwide.
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    What are some alternatives to APItools and Postman?
    Amazon API Gateway
    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
    Insomnia is a powerful REST API Client with cookie management, environment variables, code generation, and authentication for Mac, Window, and Linux.
    Paw
    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.
    Runscope
    Keep tabs on all aspects of your API's performance with uptime monitoring, integration testing, logging and real-time monitoring.
    RAML
    RESTful API Modeling Language (RAML) makes it easy to manage the whole API lifecycle from design to sharing. It's concise - you only write what you need to define - and reusable. It is machine readable API design that is actually human friendly.
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    Decisions about APItools and Postman
    Noah Zoschke
    Noah Zoschke
    Engineering Manager at Segment · | 29 upvotes · 217.3K views
    atSegmentSegment
    Postman
    Postman
    Markdown
    Markdown
    ReadMe.io
    ReadMe.io
    Swagger UI
    Swagger UI
    #Documentation
    #Api
    #QA

    We just launched the Segment Config API (try it out for yourself here) — a set of public REST APIs that enable you to manage your Segment configuration. A public API is only as good as its #documentation. For the API reference doc we are using Postman.

    Postman is an “API development environment”. You download the desktop app, and build API requests by URL and payload. Over time you can build up a set of requests and organize them into a “Postman Collection”. You can generalize a collection with “collection variables”. This allows you to parameterize things like username, password and workspace_name so a user can fill their own values in before making an API call. This makes it possible to use Postman for one-off API tasks instead of writing code.

    Then you can add Markdown content to the entire collection, a folder of related methods, and/or every API method to explain how the APIs work. You can publish a collection and easily share it with a URL.

    This turns Postman from a personal #API utility to full-blown public interactive API documentation. The result is a great looking web page with all the API calls, docs and sample requests and responses in one place. Check out the results here.

    Postman’s powers don’t end here. You can automate Postman with “test scripts” and have it periodically run a collection scripts as “monitors”. We now have #QA around all the APIs in public docs to make sure they are always correct

    Along the way we tried other techniques for documenting APIs like ReadMe.io or Swagger UI. These required a lot of effort to customize.

    Writing and maintaining a Postman collection takes some work, but the resulting documentation site, interactivity and API testing tools are well worth it.

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    Jagdeep Singh
    Jagdeep Singh
    Tech Lead at ucreate.it · | 7 upvotes · 17.1K views
    atucreateucreate
    Postman
    Postman

    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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    Nicholas Rogoff
    Nicholas Rogoff
    at Avanade UK Ltd. · | 7 upvotes · 111.3K views
    atNHS Digital (NHS.UK)NHS Digital (NHS.UK)
    .NET Core
    .NET Core
    C#
    C#
    Microsoft SQL Server
    Microsoft SQL Server
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
    jQuery
    jQuery
    Git
    Git
    Azure DevOps
    Azure DevOps
    Postman
    Postman
    Newman
    Newman
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio
    Visual Studio

    Secure Membership Web API backed by SQL Server. This is the backing API to store additional profile and complex membership metadata outside of an Azure AD B2C provider. The front-end using the Azure AD B2C to allow 3rd party trusted identity providers to authenticate. This API provides a way to add and manage more complex permission structures than can easily be maintained in Azure AD.

    We have .Net developers and an Azure infrastructure environment using server-less functions, logic apps and SaaS where ever possible. For this service I opted to keep it as a classic WebAPI project and deployed to AppService.

    • Trusted Authentication Provider: @AzureActiveDirectoryB2C
    • Frameworks: .NET Core
    • Language: C# , Microsoft SQL Server , JavaScript
    • IDEs: Visual Studio Code , Visual Studio
    • Libraries: jQuery @EntityFramework, @AutoMapper, @FeatureToggle , @Swashbuckle
    • Database: @SqlAzure
    • Source Control: Git
    • Build and Release Pipelines: Azure DevOps
    • Test tools: Postman , Newman
    • Test framework: @nUnit, @moq
    • Infrastructure: @AzureAppService, @AzureAPIManagement
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    Jason Barry
    Jason Barry
    Cofounder at FeaturePeek · | 4 upvotes · 59.8K views
    atFeaturePeekFeaturePeek
    Insomnia REST Client
    Insomnia REST Client
    Postman
    Postman
    Paw
    Paw
    Dropbox
    Dropbox

    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.

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    Reviews of APItools and Postman
    Avatar of sergiotapia
    Senior Software Engineer
    Review ofPostmanPostman

    If you're building an API service, this Chrome extension is a must-have. It'll let you ping your endpoints using a nice clean UI that's built right into Chrome. You can also share your previous requests - a simple way to 'document' your API if you're short on time.

    Avatar of DaneLyons
    Cofounder
    Review ofPostmanPostman

    If someone is having trouble shipping data to the Knowtify API, I almost always share my postman collection. Working through the issue from there is typically pretty easy.

    Avatar of jgentes
    Founder of StartupCommunity.org at The Social Business
    Review ofPostmanPostman

    Not much to say, it's the best free tool out there for testing APIs. Get it.

    How developers use APItools and Postman
    Avatar of shridhardalavi
    shridhardalavi uses PostmanPostman

    Postman is a powerful tool for performing integration testing with your API. It allows for repeatable, reliable tests that can be automated and used in a variety of environments and includes useful tools for persisting data and simulating how a user might actually be interacting with the system

    Avatar of Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
    Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses PostmanPostman

    We use Postman in conjunction with our universal REST-API "JCVortex". Postman makes testing edge-cases hassle-free and lets testing look easy. Postman was also a great help to explore the Mojang-API, that we are dependent on, because it is the central repository for minecraft-account-data.

    Avatar of Rashid Muhammad
    Rashid Muhammad uses PostmanPostman

    I use it for testing my Web Api. It's a easy tool for interacting with a RESTFul API and provides great tools for organizing requests. The Newman tool is great for allowing your tests to run in a CI/CD pipeline.

    Avatar of Xpertz
    Xpertz uses PostmanPostman

    Used to test API endpoints and monitor API which also acts as an API heartbeat to keep functions alive in Google Cloud in order to avoid timeout responses to Slack.

    Avatar of David Flynn
    David Flynn uses PostmanPostman

    We use Postman for all our API testing. Postman is invaluable. We would like to have a team licence so that we can use shared work spaces and test collections.

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