Postman vs RAML: What are the differences?
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; RAML: RESTful API Modeling Language (RAML) makes it easy to manage the whole API lifecycle from design to sharing. RESTful API Modeling Language (RAML) makes it easy to manage the whole API lifecycle from design to sharing. It's concise - you only write what you need to define - and reusable. It is machine readable API design that is actually human friendly.
Postman and RAML can be categorized as "API" tools.
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, RAML provides the following key features:
- Create and pull in namespaced, reusable libraries, containing data types
- Annotations let you add vendor specific functionality without compromising your spec
- Traits and resource Types let you take advantage of code reuse and design patterns
"Easy to use" is the primary reason why developers consider Postman over the competitors, whereas "API Specification" was stated as the key factor in picking RAML.
According to the StackShare community, Postman has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1725 company stacks & 2168 developers stacks; compared to RAML, which is listed in 9 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.