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Postman vs Runscope: What are the differences?

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; Runscope: API Performance Monitoring. Keep tabs on all aspects of your API's performance with uptime monitoring, integration testing, logging and real-time monitoring.

Postman and Runscope belong to "API Tools" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Postman are:

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

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

  • Runscope Radar: Automatically monitor your APIs from around the globe. Integrates with PagerDuty, New Relic Insights, Keen IO, HipChat, Slack and more. Test complete API workflows with powerful assertions and notifications.
  • Runscope Metrics: API performance and usage reports.
  • Runscope API Traffic Inspector: Log and view API calls from any language or framework to any API to solve integration problems.

"Easy to use" is the top reason why over 463 developers like Postman, while over 15 developers mention "Great features" as the leading cause for choosing Runscope.

According to the StackShare community, Postman has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1725 company stacks & 2166 developers stacks; compared to Runscope, which is listed in 38 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

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What is Postman?

It is the only complete API development environment, used by nearly five million developers and more than 100,000 companies worldwide.

What is Runscope?

Keep tabs on all aspects of your API's performance with uptime monitoring, integration testing, logging and real-time monitoring.
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    What are some alternatives to Postman and Runscope?
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    Decisions about Postman and Runscope
    Noah Zoschke
    Noah Zoschke
    Engineering Manager at Segment · | 29 upvotes · 769.7K 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 · | 8 upvotes · 25.9K 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 · 438.1K 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 · 261.4K 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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    Joshua Dean KĂĽpper
    Joshua Dean KĂĽpper
    CEO at Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) · | 4 upvotes · 11.9K views
    atScrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt)Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
    Swagger Inspector
    Swagger Inspector
    Postman
    Postman
    Swagger UI
    Swagger UI
    OpenAPI
    OpenAPI

    We use Swagger Inspector in conjunction with our universal REST-API "Charon". Swagger Inspector makes testing edge-cases hassle-free and lets testing look easy. Swagger Inspector was also a great help to explore the Mojang-API, that we are dependent on, because it is the central repository for minecraft-account-data.

    We previously used Postman but decided to switch over to Swagger Inspector because it also integrated seamlessly into Swagger UI, which we use for displaying our OpenAPI specification of said REST-API.

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    Reviews of Postman and Runscope
    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.

    How developers use Postman and Runscope
    Avatar of shridhardalavi
    shridhardalavi uses PostmanPostman

    Postman is a powerful tool for performing integration testing with your API. It allows for repeatable, reliable tests that can be automated and used in a variety of environments and includes useful tools for persisting data and simulating how a user might actually be interacting with the system

    Avatar of Rashid Muhammad
    Rashid Muhammad uses PostmanPostman

    I use it for testing my Web Api. It's a easy tool for interacting with a RESTFul API and provides great tools for organizing requests. The Newman tool is great for allowing your tests to run in a CI/CD pipeline.

    Avatar of Xpertz
    Xpertz uses PostmanPostman

    Used to test API endpoints and monitor API which also acts as an API heartbeat to keep functions alive in Google Cloud in order to avoid timeout responses to Slack.

    Avatar of Onezino Gabriel
    Onezino Gabriel uses PostmanPostman

    Ferramenta disponível para os desenvolvedores testarem o end-point durante seu ciclo de desenvolvimento. Ele também permite testar a integração com outras api.

    Avatar of David Flynn
    David Flynn uses PostmanPostman

    We use Postman for all our API testing. Postman is invaluable. We would like to have a team licence so that we can use shared work spaces and test collections.

    Avatar of Nick De Cooman
    Nick De Cooman uses RunscopeRunscope

    Used Runscope for monitoring API uptime and data validation in context of the Harald beacon platform.

    Avatar of PSESD
    PSESD uses RunscopeRunscope

    Automated API tests for the backend and Ghost Inspector tests for the frontend

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