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Insomnia REST Client vs Postman: What are the differences?

What is Insomnia REST Client? The most intuitive cross-platform REST API Client 馃槾. Insomnia is a powerful REST API Client with cookie management, environment variables, code generation, and authentication for Mac, Window, and Linux.

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.

Insomnia REST Client and Postman can be categorized as "API" tools.

Some of the features offered by Insomnia REST Client are:

  • Mac, Windows and Linux
  • Data import/export
  • SSL client certificates

On the other hand, Postman provides the following key features:

  • Compact layout
  • HTTP requests with file upload support
  • Formatted API responses for JSON and XML

"Easy to work with" is the primary reason why developers consider Insomnia REST Client over the competitors, whereas "Easy to use" was stated as the key factor in picking Postman.

Insomnia REST Client is an open source tool with 10.2K GitHub stars and 590 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Insomnia REST Client's open source repository on GitHub.

Typeform, PedidosYa, and are some of the popular companies that use Postman, whereas Insomnia REST Client is used by Digimedia ENVISION, 8villages, and Clippings. Postman has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1752 company stacks & 2232 developers stacks; compared to Insomnia REST Client, which is listed in 35 company stacks and 30 developer stacks.

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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 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 | 8 upvotes 路 203K 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

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 路 181.8K 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 Insomnia REST Client
Pros of Postman
  • 16
    Easy to work with
  • 11
    Great user interface
  • 6
    Works with GraphQL
  • 3
    Cross platform, available for Mac, Windows, and Linux
  • 2
  • 2
    Preserves request templates
  • 0
    Does not have history feature
  • 0
    Vim and Emacs key map
  • 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
  • 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
  • 4
    The test script is useful
  • 4
  • 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
  • 2
    Mocking API calls with predefined response
  • 2
    I'd recommend it to everyone who works with apis
  • 1
  • 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
  • 0
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Cons of Insomnia REST Client
Cons of Postman
  • 2
    Do not store credentials in HTTP
  • 2
    Do not have team sharing options
  • 9
    Stores credentials in HTTP
  • 7
    Poor GraphQL support
  • 7
    Bloated features and UI
  • 6
    Cumbersome to switch authentication tokens
  • 2
  • 1
    Support websocket
  • 1
    Import curl
  • 1
    Import swagger
  • 1
    Can't prompt for per-request variables

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What is Insomnia REST Client?

Insomnia is a powerful REST API Client with cookie management, environment variables, code generation, and authentication for Mac, Window, and Linux.

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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