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What is Insomnia REST Client?

Insomnia is a powerful REST API Client with cookie management, environment variables, code generation, and authentication for Mac, Window, and Linux.

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 Insomnia REST Client, Paw, and Postman?
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        Decisions about Insomnia REST Client, Paw, and Postman
        Noah Zoschke
        Noah Zoschke
        Engineering Manager at Segment ¡ | 29 upvotes ¡ 212K 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 ¡ 17.1K 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 ¡ 107.4K 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 ¡ 57.6K 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 Insomnia REST Client, 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.

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