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cURL vs Postman: What are the differences?

Developers describe cURL as "Command Line Tool and Library for Transferring Data With URLs". Used in command lines or scripts to transfer data. It is also used in cars, television sets, routers, printers, audio equipment, mobile phones, tablets, and is the internet transfer backbone for thousands of software applications affecting billions of humans daily. On the other hand, Postman is detailed as "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.

cURL can be classified as a tool in the "File Transfer" category, while Postman is grouped under "API Tools".

cURL is an open source tool with 14K GitHub stars and 3.09K GitHub forks. Here's a link to cURL's open source repository on GitHub.

Typeform, Bukalapak, and PedidosYa are some of the popular companies that use Postman, whereas cURL is used by Kosada, mytaxi, and immmr. Postman has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1755 company stacks & 2238 developers stacks; compared to cURL, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 7 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 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 · 122.6K 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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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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Sadik Ay
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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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Decisions about cURL and Postman
Stephen Fox
Artificial Intelligence Fellow · | 1 upvote · 110K views

Postman supports automation and organization in a way that Insomnia just doesn't. Admittedly, Insomnia makes it slightly easy to query the data that you get back (in a very MongoDB-esque query language) but Postman sets you up to develop the code that you would use in development/testing right in the editor.

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Pros of cURL
Pros of Postman
  • 0
    Quickly view HTTP headers
  • 481
    Easy to use
  • 366
    Great tool
  • 274
    Makes developing rest api's easy peasy
  • 154
    Easy setup, looks good
  • 142
    The best api workflow out there
  • 53
    History feature
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    It's the best
  • 43
    Adds real value to my workflow
  • 41
    Great interface that magically predicts your needs
  • 34
    The best in class app
  • 10
    Can save and share script
  • 9
    Fully featured without looking cluttered
  • 7
    Collections
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    Global/Environment Variables
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    Shareable Collections
  • 6
    Dead simple and useful. Excellent
  • 6
    Dark theme easy on the eyes
  • 6
    Option to run scrips
  • 5
    Awesome customer support
  • 5
    Great integration with newman
  • 4
    The test script is useful
  • 3
    This has simplified my testing significantly
  • 3
    Easy as pie
  • 3
    Simple
  • 3
    Documentation
  • 3
    Makes testing API's as easy as 1,2,3
  • 3
    Saves responses
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    API-network
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    Mocking API calls with predefined response
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    I'd recommend it to everyone who works with apis
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    Pre-request Script and Test attributes are invaluable
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    Postman Runner CI Integration
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    Now supports GraphQL
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    Continuous integration using newman
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    Easy to setup, test and provides test storage
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    Graph
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    <a href="http://fixbit.com/">useful tool</a>
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Cons of cURL
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      Stores credentials in HTTP
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      Poor GraphQL support
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      Bloated features and UI
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      Cumbersome to switch authentication tokens
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      Expensive
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      Can't prompt for per-request variables

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    What is cURL?

    Used in command lines or scripts to transfer data. It is also used in cars, television sets, routers, printers, audio equipment, mobile phones, tablets, and is the internet transfer backbone for thousands of software applications affecting billions of humans daily.

    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 cURL and Postman?
    HTTPie
    It is a Modern command line HTTP client – user-friendly curl alternative with intuitive UI, JSON support, syntax highlighting, wget-like downloads, extensions, etc
    FileZilla
    It is a powerful and free software for transferring files over the Internet. It is a very popular FTP client and is used by webmasters from all over the world.
    Flurl
    It is a modern, fluent, asynchronous, testable, portable, buzzword-laden URL builder and HTTP client library for .NET.
    WinSCP
    It is a popular SFTP client and FTP client for Microsoft Windows. Copy file between a local computer and remote servers using FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP, WebDAV or S3 file transfer protocols.
    Cyberduck
    It is a libre server and cloud storage browser for Mac and Windows with support for FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, OpenStack Swift, Backblaze B2, Microsoft Azure & OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox.
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    Reviews of cURL and Postman
    Senior Software Engineer
    Review of
    Postman

    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.

    Cofounder
    Review of
    Postman

    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.

    Founder of StartupCommunity.org at The Social Business
    Review of
    Postman

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

    How developers use cURL and Postman
    shridhardalavi uses
    Postman

    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

    Rashid Muhammad uses
    Postman

    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.

    Xpertz uses
    Postman

    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.

    Onezino Gabriel uses
    Postman

    Ferramenta disponível para os desenvolvedores testarem o end-point durante seu ciclo de desenvolvimento. Ele também permite testar a integração com outras api.

    David Flynn uses
    Postman

    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.