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Insomnia REST Client vs Postman: What are the differences?

What is Insomnia REST Client? The most intuitive cross-platform REST API Client 馃槾. Insomnia is a powerful REST API Client with cookie management, environment variables, code generation, and authentication for Mac, Window, and Linux.

What is Postman? 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.

Insomnia REST Client and Postman can be categorized as "API" tools.

Some of the features offered by Insomnia REST Client are:

  • Mac, Windows and Linux
  • Data import/export
  • SSL client certificates

On the other hand, Postman provides the following key features:

  • Compact layout
  • HTTP requests with file upload support
  • Formatted API responses for JSON and XML

"Easy to work with" is the primary reason why developers consider Insomnia REST Client over the competitors, whereas "Easy to use" was stated as the key factor in picking Postman.

Insomnia REST Client is an open source tool with 10.2K GitHub stars and 590 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Insomnia REST Client's open source repository on GitHub.

Typeform, PedidosYa, and are some of the popular companies that use Postman, whereas Insomnia REST Client is used by Digimedia ENVISION, 8villages, and Clippings. Postman has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1752 company stacks & 2232 developers stacks; compared to Insomnia REST Client, which is listed in 35 company stacks and 30 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 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 | 8 upvotes 路 134.5K 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

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 Insomnia REST Client and Postman
Stephen Fox
Artificial Intelligence Fellow | 1 upvote 路 120.6K 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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