Insomnia REST Client vs Tyk Cloud: What are the differences?
Developers describe Insomnia REST Client as "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. On the other hand, Tyk Cloud is detailed as "Open Source API Management". Tyk is a lightweight, open source API Gateway and enables you to control who accesses your API, when they access it and how they access it. Tyk will also record detailed analytics on how your users are interacting with your API and when things go wrong.
Insomnia REST Client and Tyk Cloud can be primarily classified 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, Tyk Cloud provides the following key features:
- API Management Dashboard
- API Analytics
- API Developer Portal
"Easy to work with" is the top reason why over 8 developers like Insomnia REST Client, while over 5 developers mention "Full featured" as the leading cause for choosing Tyk Cloud.
Insomnia REST Client and Tyk Cloud are both open source tools. Insomnia REST Client with 10.2K GitHub stars and 590 forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Tyk Cloud with 4.6K GitHub stars and 616 GitHub forks.
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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.