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Apigee vs Postman: What are the differences?

Apigee and Postman are two popular tools used in the API development and testing process. Let's explore the key differences between them.

  1. Pricing Model: Apigee offers a subscription-based pricing model, where the cost is based on factors such as the number of API calls, data consumed, and additional features used. On the other hand, Postman provides both free and paid plans, with the paid plans offering additional features like team collaboration and advanced monitoring.

  2. Functionality: Apigee is a full-fledged API management platform that provides end-to-end features for designing, securing, analyzing, and scaling APIs. It supports features like authentication, rate limiting, caching, analytics, and developer portal. Postman, on the other hand, is primarily a tool for testing and documenting APIs. It allows users to send requests, inspect responses, and create automated test suites but lacks the comprehensive API management capabilities provided by Apigee.

  3. Collaboration and Teamwork: Apigee offers extensive features for collaboration and teamwork, allowing multiple users to work together on the same API project. It provides role-based access control, version control, and workflow management. Postman also offers collaboration features but they are more limited, primarily focused on sharing collections of API requests.

  4. Deployment Options: Apigee can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud, providing flexibility for organizations with specific infrastructure requirements. It allows integrations with other enterprise systems and offers high availability and scalability. Postman is a cloud-based tool and does not provide an on-premises deployment option.

  5. API Documentation: Apigee offers powerful features for generating interactive API documentation automatically. It allows developers to create well-structured and customizable documentation with detailed information about endpoints, request/response examples, and parameter details. Postman also provides documentation features, but they are more limited in terms of customization and presentation options.

  6. Learning Curve: Apigee, being a comprehensive API management platform, has a steeper learning curve compared to Postman. It requires a good understanding of APIs, security mechanisms, and various API management concepts. Postman, on the other hand, is relatively easier to learn and use, making it more suitable for individual developers or smaller teams.

In summary, Apigee is a full-fledged API management platform that provides extensive features for designing, securing, and scaling APIs, along with collaboration and deployment options. Postman, on the other hand, is primarily a tool for testing and documenting APIs, with limited API management capabilities.

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Jagdeep Singh
Tech Lead at ucreate.it · | 8 upvotes · 384.8K 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 · 339.8K 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 Apigee
Pros of Postman
  • 12
    Highly scalable and secure API Management Platform
  • 6
    Good documentation
  • 6
    Quick jumpstart
  • 3
    Fast and adjustable caching
  • 3
    Easy to use
  • 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
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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
  • 2
    Continuous integration using newman
  • 2
    Pre-request Script and Test attributes are invaluable
  • 2
    Runner
  • 2
    Graph
  • 1
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Cons of Apigee
Cons of Postman
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    Expensive
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    Doesn't support hybrid natively
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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 Apigee?

API management, design, analytics, and security are at the heart of modern digital architecture. The Apigee intelligent API platform is a complete solution for moving business to the digital world.

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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