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Postman vs Sandbox: What are the differences?

Introduction

This document outlines the key differences between Postman and Sandbox, two popular tools used in web development and API testing.

  1. Pricing Model: Postman offers a variety of pricing options, including a free plan with limited features and paid plans with additional functionalities for teams and enterprises. Sandbox, on the other hand, is completely free and open-source, making it a great choice for individuals and small projects with limited budgets.

  2. Design and User Interface: Postman provides a user-friendly and intuitive interface that allows users to easily create, organize, and execute API requests. It offers a rich set of features, such as request history, collections, and environments, making it a comprehensive tool for API testing and development. Sandbox, on the other hand, has a simpler design and a less extensive feature set, focusing primarily on providing a lightweight and efficient testing environment.

  3. Collaboration and Teamwork: Postman has robust collaboration and teamwork features, allowing multiple team members to collaborate on API development and testing. It provides functionalities like team workspaces, sharing of collections and environments, and real-time collaboration. Sandbox, being a stand-alone testing environment, lacks these collaboration tools and is more suitable for individual use or small projects where collaboration is not a priority.

  4. Mocking and Simulating APIs: Postman offers built-in mocking capabilities, allowing users to simulate API responses and test their applications without the need for a live backend. This can be particularly useful during the development and testing stages. Sandbox, on the other hand, does not have built-in mocking capabilities, as its primary goal is to provide a lightweight testing environment rather than replicating complex API behaviors.

  5. Integration and Extensibility: Postman provides extensive integration capabilities, allowing users to seamlessly integrate their API testing workflows with other tools and services. It offers integrations with popular tools like Jenkins, Git, and Newman, as well as the ability to create custom integrations using the Postman API. Sandbox, being a stand-alone testing environment, lacks these integration capabilities and does not provide an API for extensibility.

  6. Ease of Deployment: Postman offers a cloud-based platform that allows users to easily share and access their API collections and environments from anywhere, making it convenient for remote teams and distributed workflows. Sandbox, on the other hand, is typically deployed locally or on a server, requiring additional setup and configuration for remote access and collaboration.

In summary, Postman is a comprehensive API testing and development tool with a rich set of features, collaboration capabilities, and extensive integrations, while Sandbox is a lightweight and open-source testing environment more suitable for individual use or smaller projects with limited budgets.

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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 路 380.4K 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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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
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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 Sandbox
  • 490
    Easy to use
  • 369
    Great tool
  • 276
    Makes developing rest api's easy peasy
  • 156
    Easy setup, looks good
  • 144
    The best api workflow out there
  • 53
    It's the best
  • 53
    History feature
  • 44
    Adds real value to my workflow
  • 43
    Great interface that magically predicts your needs
  • 35
    The best in class app
  • 12
    Can save and share script
  • 10
    Fully featured without looking cluttered
  • 8
    Collections
  • 8
    Option to run scrips
  • 8
    Global/Environment Variables
  • 7
    Shareable Collections
  • 7
    Dead simple and useful. Excellent
  • 7
    Dark theme easy on the eyes
  • 6
    Awesome customer support
  • 6
    Great integration with newman
  • 5
    Documentation
  • 5
    Simple
  • 5
    The test script is useful
  • 4
    Saves responses
  • 4
    This has simplified my testing significantly
  • 4
    Makes testing API's as easy as 1,2,3
  • 4
    Easy as pie
  • 3
    API-network
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    I'd recommend it to everyone who works with apis
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    Mocking API calls with predefined response
  • 2
    Now supports GraphQL
  • 2
    Postman Runner CI Integration
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    Easy to setup, test and provides test storage
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    Continuous integration using newman
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    Pre-request Script and Test attributes are invaluable
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    Runner
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    Graph
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    Cons of Postman
    Cons of Sandbox
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      Stores credentials in HTTP
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      Bloated features and UI
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      Cumbersome to switch authentication tokens
    • 7
      Poor GraphQL support
    • 5
      Expensive
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      Not free after 5 users
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      Can't prompt for per-request variables
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      Import swagger
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      Support websocket
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      Import curl
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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.

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      Quickly mock RESTful API or SOAP web-services with simple or dynamic responses, and fault injection to simulate real application behaviour.

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