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Postman vs SuperTest: What are the differences?

Introduction: Postman and SuperTest are two popular tools used for API testing. While they both serve the purpose of testing APIs, there are several key differences between them. Below are the six main differences between Postman and SuperTest.

  1. User Interface and Ease of Use: Postman provides a user-friendly GUI interface that allows users to easily create, manage, and execute API tests. On the other hand, SuperTest is a JavaScript library that requires users to write code in order to create and execute tests. This makes Postman more accessible to non-technical users who may not have programming knowledge.

  2. Testing Capabilities: Postman offers a wide range of testing capabilities, including the ability to send requests, validate responses, run automated tests, and generate reports. SuperTest, on the other hand, focuses more on the ability to send HTTP requests and validate responses. It does not offer as many built-in testing features as Postman.

  3. Integration and Collaboration: Postman provides seamless integration with various development and testing tools, making it easy to share and collaborate on API testing projects. It also offers cloud-based collaboration features, allowing team members to work together on the same project. SuperTest, on the other hand, does not have built-in collaboration features and requires additional tools for sharing and collaborative testing.

  4. Flexibility and Extensibility: Postman allows users to easily create custom scripts and functions using JavaScript, enabling advanced testing scenarios and flexibility. SuperTest, being a JavaScript library, allows for similar customization but requires users to have programming knowledge to implement it.

  5. Platform Support: Postman is a standalone tool available for Windows, macOS, and Linux, making it accessible on different operating systems. SuperTest, being a JavaScript library, can be used in any programming environment that supports JavaScript, making it platform-independent.

  6. Pricing and Licensing: Postman offers both free and paid versions, with the paid version providing additional features and support. SuperTest, on the other hand, is an open-source library and does not require any licensing fees.

In summary, Postman provides a user-friendly GUI interface, extensive testing capabilities, integration and collaboration features, flexibility, and support for multiple platforms. SuperTest, on the other hand, is a JavaScript library that requires coding skills, has limited testing capabilities, and lacks built-in collaboration features.

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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 380.5K 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 SuperTest
  • 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
  • 3
    I'd recommend it to everyone who works with apis
  • 3
    Mocking API calls with predefined response
  • 2
    Now supports GraphQL
  • 2
    Postman Runner CI Integration
  • 2
    Easy to setup, test and provides test storage
  • 2
    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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      Stores credentials in HTTP
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      Bloated features and UI
    • 8
      Cumbersome to switch authentication tokens
    • 7
      Poor GraphQL support
    • 5
      Expensive
    • 3
      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.

      What is SuperTest?

      It is a super-agent driven library for testing node.js HTTP servers using a fluent API. It provides a high-level abstraction for testing HTTP, while still allowing you to drop down to the lower-level API provided by superagent.

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