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What is Charles?

Charles is a web proxy (HTTP Proxy / HTTP Monitor) that runs on your own computer. Your web browser (or any other Internet application) is then configured to access the Internet through Charles, and Charles is then able to record and display for you all of the data that is sent and received.

What is 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.

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 Charles, Paw, 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.
          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.
          OpenAPI Specification
          It defines a standard, language-agnostic interface to RESTful APIs which allows both humans and computers to discover and understand the capabilities of the service without access to source code, documentation, or through network traffic inspection.
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          Decisions about Charles, Paw, and Postman
          Noah Zoschke
          Noah Zoschke
          Engineering Manager at Segment · | 29 upvotes · 374.6K 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 · 17.2K 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 · 211.4K 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 · 105K 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 Charles, Paw, 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 Charles, Paw, and Postman
          Avatar of Jack Littleton
          Jack Littleton uses PawPaw

          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.

          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 mo