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Postman vs Reqres: 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; Reqres: Test your front-end against a real API. A hosted REST-API ready to respond to your AJAX requests.
Postman and Reqres 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, Reqres provides the following key features:
- Reqres does not store any of your data at all
- Fake data
- Real responses
Reqres is an open source tool with 944 GitHub stars and 117 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Reqres's open source repository on GitHub.
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?"
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).
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.
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.
OpenAPI is an excellent tool for creating interactive and hosted documents when releasing an API to the public. We will leverage this, specifically for the public facing APIs that customers can integrate into (to automate creating projects and storing experiment data). Postman is more complicated to share with others and is not as rich for documentation.
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.
Pros of Postman
- Easy to use489
- Great tool369
- Makes developing rest api's easy peasy276
- Easy setup, looks good156
- The best api workflow out there144
- History feature53
- It's the best53
- Adds real value to my workflow44
- Great interface that magically predicts your needs43
- The best in class app35
- Can save and share script12
- Fully featured without looking cluttered10
- Global/Environment Variables8
- Option to run scrips8
- Shareable Collections7
- Dead simple and useful. Excellent7
- Dark theme easy on the eyes7
- Great integration with newman6
- Awesome customer support6
- The test script is useful5
- Saves responses4
- Easy as pie4
- Makes testing API's as easy as 1,2,34
- This has simplified my testing significantly4
- Mocking API calls with predefined response3
- I'd recommend it to everyone who works with apis3
- Easy to setup, test and provides test storage2
- Postman Runner CI Integration2
- Now supports GraphQL2
- Continuous integration using newman2
- Pre-request Script and Test attributes are invaluable2
- <a href="http://fixbit.com/">useful tool</a>1
Pros of Reqres
- Fake data2
- RESTful API2
- Open source1
- Rapid prototyping of interfaces1
- Language agnostic1
- Hosted on Digital Ocean1
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Cons of Postman
- Stores credentials in HTTP10
- Bloated features and UI9
- Cumbersome to switch authentication tokens8
- Poor GraphQL support7
- Can't prompt for per-request variables3
- Not free after 5 users3
- Import swagger1
- Support websocket1
- Import curl1