Kong vs Postman: What are the differences?
Developers describe Kong as "Open Source Microservice & API Management Layer". Kong is a scalable, open source API Layer (also known as an API Gateway, or API Middleware). Kong controls layer 4 and 7 traffic and is extended through Plugins, which provide extra functionality and services beyond the core platform. On the other hand, Postman is detailed as "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.
Kong and Postman are primarily classified as "Microservices" and "API" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by Kong are:
- Logging: Log requests and responses to your system over TCP, UDP or to disk
- OAuth2.0: Add easily an OAuth2.0 authentication to your APIs
- Monitoring: Live monitoring provides key load and performance server metrics
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 maintain" is the top reason why over 28 developers like Kong, while over 463 developers mention "Easy to use" as the leading cause for choosing Postman.
Kong is an open source tool with 22.2K GitHub stars and 2.71K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kong's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Postman has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1725 company stacks & 2166 developers stacks; compared to Kong, which is listed in 50 company stacks and 13 developer stacks.
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