Falcor vs Insomnia REST Client: What are the differences?
What is Insomnia REST Client? The most intuitive cross-platform REST API Client 😴. Insomnia is a powerful REST API Client with cookie management, environment variables, code generation, and authentication for Mac, Window, and Linux.
Falcor and Insomnia REST Client belong to "API Tools" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by Falcor are:
- One Model Everywhere
- The Data is the API
- Bind to the Cloud
On the other hand, Insomnia REST Client provides the following key features:
- Mac, Windows and Linux
- Data import/export
- SSL client certificates
Falcor and Insomnia REST Client are both open source tools. Insomnia REST Client with 10.2K GitHub stars and 590 forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Falcor with 9.36K GitHub stars and 449 GitHub forks.
Digimedia ENVISION, 8villages, and Clippings are some of the popular companies that use Insomnia REST Client, whereas Falcor is used by Netflix, AngularClass, and PiggyPot. Insomnia REST Client has a broader approval, being mentioned in 35 company stacks & 30 developers stacks; compared to Falcor, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.
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What tools integrate with Insomnia REST Client?
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.