Postman vs Runscope vs Shields.io

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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 README.md 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 ucreate.it · | 8 upvotes · 165K 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
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Postman

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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Stephen Fox
Artificial Intelligence Fellow · | 1 upvote · 147.7K 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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Pros of Postman
Pros of Runscope
Pros of Shields.io
  • 484
    Easy to use
  • 369
    Great tool
  • 275
    Makes developing rest api's easy peasy
  • 155
    Easy setup, looks good
  • 143
    The best api workflow out there
  • 53
    It's the best
  • 53
    History feature
  • 44
    Adds real value to my workflow
  • 42
    Great interface that magically predicts your needs
  • 34
    The best in class app
  • 11
    Can save and share script
  • 9
    Fully featured without looking cluttered
  • 7
    Global/Environment Variables
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    Option to run scrips
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    Collections
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    Shareable Collections
  • 6
    Dead simple and useful. Excellent
  • 6
    Dark theme easy on the eyes
  • 5
    Awesome customer support
  • 5
    Great integration with newman
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    The test script is useful
  • 3
    Makes testing API's as easy as 1,2,3
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    Easy as pie
  • 3
    Saves responses
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    This has simplified my testing significantly
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    Simple
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    Documentation
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    Mocking API calls with predefined response
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    I'd recommend it to everyone who works with apis
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    API-network
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    Easy to setup, test and provides test storage
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    Continuous integration using newman
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    Graph
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    Pre-request Script and Test attributes are invaluable
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    Postman Runner CI Integration
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    Now supports GraphQL
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    <a href="http://fixbit.com/">useful tool</a>
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    Runner
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    Great features
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    Easy to use
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    Nicely priced
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    Free plan
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    No install needed - runs on cloud
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    Decent
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    Collections
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    Dead simple and useful. Excellent
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    Awesome customer support
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    Import scripts from sources including Postman
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    Shareable Collections
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    Global & Collection level variables
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    Graphical view of response times historically
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    Integrations - StatusPage, PagerDuty, HipChat, Victorop
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    Run tests from multiple locations across globe
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    Schedule test collections to auto-run at intervals
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    Auto Re-run failed scheduled tests before notifying
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    Makes developing REST APIs easy
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    History feature - call history and response history
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    Restrict access by teams
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    Fully featured without looking cluttered
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    Can save and share scripts
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    Easiest way to create lovely badges
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    Easy & Awesome
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    Open source
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    Chef integration

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Cons of Postman
Cons of Runscope
Cons of Shields.io
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    Stores credentials in HTTP
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    Poor GraphQL support
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    Bloated features and UI
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    Cumbersome to switch authentication tokens
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    Expensive
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    Support websocket
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    Import curl
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    Import swagger
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    Can't prompt for per-request variables
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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.

      What is Shields.io?

      Legible & concise status badges for third-party codebase services.

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