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Docusaurus vs Postman: What are the differences?

  1. Documentation and Purpose: Docusaurus is primarily a documentation website generator, designed to create static websites with a focus on documentation. It provides a seamless writing experience and allows for easy navigation between different pages. On the other hand, Postman is an API development and testing platform that enables developers to design, build, and document APIs. It provides a comprehensive set of tools for API development, testing, and collaboration.

  2. User Base: Docusaurus is commonly used by open-source projects, organizations, and individuals who need to create documentation websites. It offers features specifically tailored for documenting projects and making it easier for developers and contributors to navigate and understand the project. In contrast, Postman caters to developers, API designers, testers, and anyone involved in the API lifecycle.

  3. Content Organization: Docusaurus organizes content in a hierarchical structure, allowing for easy categorization and navigation. It provides features like sidebars, navigation menus, and search functionality that are essential for documentation websites. On the other hand, Postman organizes content in a collection-based structure, where APIs and associated resources are grouped together for easier management and testing.

  4. Focus on UI Customization: Docusaurus offers extensive customization options for the website's user interface (UI) to match the branding and design requirements of the project. It provides easy ways to change themes, styles, and layouts. In contrast, while Postman does offer some UI customization options, its main focus is on providing a standardized and consistent interface for API development and testing.

  5. Collaboration and Teamwork: Docusaurus allows multiple contributors to work together on the documentation website, with features like versioning, collaboration tools, and commenting. It supports contribution workflows and encourages community involvement. Postman, on the other hand, provides collaboration features that focus on team-based API development, with features like shared workspaces, role-based access control, and real-time collaboration.

  6. Integration and Ecosystem: Docusaurus integrates well with popular source control platforms like GitHub and supports continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD) workflows. It also provides plugins and extensions to extend its functionality. In contrast, Postman has a strong ecosystem of integrations with various tools, frameworks, and platforms used in the API development lifecycle. It can be seamlessly integrated with tools like monitoring systems, code repositories, and deployment platforms.

In Summary, Docusaurus is primarily focused on creating documentation websites with a seamless writing experience and easy navigation, while Postman is an API development and testing platform that offers a comprehensive set of tools for API design, testing, collaboration, and integration.

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Jagdeep Singh
Tech Lead at ucreate.it · | 8 upvotes · 380.1K 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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Stephen Fox
Artificial Intelligence Fellow · | 1 upvote · 335.9K 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 Docusaurus
Pros of Postman
  • 7
    Open Source
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    Self Hosted
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    MDX
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    I18n
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    Free to use
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    React
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    Easy customization
  • 3
    Jamstack
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    Versioning
  • 490
    Easy to use
  • 369
    Great tool
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    Makes developing rest api's easy peasy
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    Easy setup, looks good
  • 144
    The best api workflow out there
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    It's the best
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    History feature
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    Adds real value to my workflow
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    Great interface that magically predicts your needs
  • 35
    The best in class app
  • 12
    Can save and share script
  • 10
    Fully featured without looking cluttered
  • 8
    Collections
  • 8
    Option to run scrips
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    Global/Environment Variables
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    Shareable Collections
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    Dead simple and useful. Excellent
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    Dark theme easy on the eyes
  • 6
    Awesome customer support
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    Great integration with newman
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    Documentation
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    Simple
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    The test script is useful
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    Saves responses
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    This has simplified my testing significantly
  • 4
    Makes testing API's as easy as 1,2,3
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    Easy as pie
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    API-network
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    I'd recommend it to everyone who works with apis
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    Mocking API calls with predefined response
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    Now supports GraphQL
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    Postman Runner CI Integration
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    Easy to setup, test and provides test storage
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    Continuous integration using newman
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    Pre-request Script and Test attributes are invaluable
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    Runner
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    Graph
  • 1
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Cons of Docusaurus
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      Stores credentials in HTTP
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      Bloated features and UI
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      Cumbersome to switch authentication tokens
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      Poor GraphQL support
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      Expensive
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      Not free after 5 users
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      Can't prompt for per-request variables
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      Import swagger
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      Support websocket
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      Import curl

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    What is Docusaurus?

    Docusaurus is a project for easily building, deploying, and maintaining open source project websites.

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    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 Docusaurus and Postman?
    Confluence
    Capture the knowledge that's too often lost in email inboxes and shared network drives in Confluence instead – where it's easy to find, use, and update.
    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.
    MkDocs
    It builds completely static HTML sites that you can host on GitHub pages, Amazon S3, or anywhere else you choose. There's a stack of good looking themes available. The built-in dev-server allows you to preview your documentation as you're writing it. It will even auto-reload and refresh your browser whenever you save your changes.
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    Hugo
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