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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 · 197.6K 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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Stephen Fox
Artificial Intelligence Fellow · | 1 upvote · 176.8K 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 HTTPie
Pros of Postman
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    • 486
      Easy to use
    • 369
      Great tool
    • 275
      Makes developing rest api's easy peasy
    • 156
      Easy setup, looks good
    • 143
      The best api workflow out there
    • 53
      It's the best
    • 53
      History feature
    • 44
      Adds real value to my workflow
    • 42
      Great interface that magically predicts your needs
    • 34
      The best in class app
    • 11
      Can save and share script
    • 9
      Fully featured without looking cluttered
    • 7
      Option to run scrips
    • 7
      Collections
    • 7
      Global/Environment Variables
    • 6
      Dead simple and useful. Excellent
    • 6
      Dark theme easy on the eyes
    • 6
      Shareable Collections
    • 5
      Great integration with newman
    • 5
      Awesome customer support
    • 4
      Documentation
    • 4
      The test script is useful
    • 4
      Simple
    • 3
      Makes testing API's as easy as 1,2,3
    • 3
      Easy as pie
    • 3
      Saves responses
    • 3
      This has simplified my testing significantly
    • 2
      API-network
    • 2
      Mocking API calls with predefined response
    • 2
      I'd recommend it to everyone who works with apis
    • 1
      Graph
    • 1
      Pre-request Script and Test attributes are invaluable
    • 1
      Continuous integration using newman
    • 1
      Now supports GraphQL
    • 1
      Postman Runner CI Integration
    • 1
      Easy to setup, test and provides test storage
    • 0
      Runner
    • 0
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    Cons of HTTPie
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      • 9
        Stores credentials in HTTP
      • 7
        Poor GraphQL support
      • 7
        Bloated features and UI
      • 6
        Cumbersome to switch authentication tokens
      • 2
        Expensive
      • 1
        Support websocket
      • 1
        Import curl
      • 1
        Import swagger
      • 1
        Can't prompt for per-request variables

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      What is 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

      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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