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Postman vs Solr: What are the differences?

What is 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.

What is Solr? An open source enterprise search server based on Lucene search library, with XML/HTTP and JSON APIs, hit highlighting, faceted search, caching, replication etc. Solr is the popular, blazing fast open source enterprise search platform from the Apache Lucene project. Its major features include powerful full-text search, hit highlighting, faceted search, near real-time indexing, dynamic clustering, database integration, rich document (e.g., Word, PDF) handling, and geospatial search. Solr is highly reliable, scalable and fault tolerant, providing distributed indexing, replication and load-balanced querying, automated failover and recovery, centralized configuration and more. Solr powers the search and navigation features of many of the world's largest internet sites.

Postman and Solr are primarily classified as "API" and "Search Engines" tools respectively.

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, Solr provides the following key features:

  • Advanced Full-Text Search Capabilities
  • Optimized for High Volume Web Traffic
  • Standards Based Open Interfaces - XML, JSON and HTTP

"Easy to use" is the top reason why over 464 developers like Postman, while over 33 developers mention "Powerful" as the leading cause for choosing Solr.

According to the StackShare community, Postman has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1753 company stacks & 2234 developers stacks; compared to Solr, which is listed in 140 company stacks and 42 developer stacks.

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Jagdeep Singh
Tech Lead at ucreate.it · | 8 upvotes · 186.7K 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
Artificial Intelligence Fellow · | 1 upvote · 167.2K 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 Solr
  • 486
    Easy to use
  • 369
    Great tool
  • 275
    Makes developing rest api's easy peasy
  • 156
    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
    Option to run scrips
  • 7
    Collections
  • 7
    Global/Environment Variables
  • 6
    Dead simple and useful. Excellent
  • 6
    Dark theme easy on the eyes
  • 6
    Shareable Collections
  • 5
    Great integration with newman
  • 5
    Awesome customer support
  • 4
    Documentation
  • 4
    The test script is useful
  • 4
    Simple
  • 3
    Makes testing API's as easy as 1,2,3
  • 3
    Easy as pie
  • 3
    Saves responses
  • 3
    This has simplified my testing significantly
  • 2
    API-network
  • 2
    Mocking API calls with predefined response
  • 2
    I'd recommend it to everyone who works with apis
  • 1
    Graph
  • 1
    Pre-request Script and Test attributes are invaluable
  • 1
    Continuous integration using newman
  • 1
    Now supports GraphQL
  • 1
    Postman Runner CI Integration
  • 1
    Easy to setup, test and provides test storage
  • 0
    Runner
  • 0
    <a href="http://fixbit.com/">useful tool</a>
  • 35
    Powerful
  • 22
    Indexing and searching
  • 20
    Scalable
  • 19
    Customizable
  • 13
    Enterprise Ready
  • 5
    Apache Software Foundation
  • 5
    Restful
  • 4
    Great Search engine
  • 2
    Security built-in

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Cons of Postman
Cons of Solr
  • 9
    Stores credentials in HTTP
  • 7
    Poor GraphQL support
  • 7
    Bloated features and UI
  • 6
    Cumbersome to switch authentication tokens
  • 2
    Expensive
  • 1
    Support websocket
  • 1
    Import curl
  • 1
    Import swagger
  • 1
    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 Solr?

    Solr is the popular, blazing fast open source enterprise search platform from the Apache Lucene project. Its major features include powerful full-text search, hit highlighting, faceted search, near real-time indexing, dynamic clustering, database integration, rich document (e.g., Word, PDF) handling, and geospatial search. Solr is highly reliable, scalable and fault tolerant, providing distributed indexing, replication and load-balanced querying, automated failover and recovery, centralized configuration and more. Solr powers the search and navigation features of many of the world's largest internet sites.

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