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Postman vs Zapier: What are the differences?

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.

What is Zapier? Automate tasks between other online services (services like Salesforce, Basecamp, Gmail, and 400+ more). Zapier is for busy people who know their time is better spent selling, marketing, or coding. Instead of wasting valuable time coming up with complicated systems - you can use Zapier to automate the web services you and your team are already using on a daily basis.

Postman belongs to "API Tools" category of the tech stack, while Zapier can be primarily classified under "Web Service Automation".

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, Zapier provides the following key features:

  • A Zap is a blueprint for a task you want to do over and over. In words, a Zap looks like this: "When I get a new thing in A, do this other thing in B." The first part is the trigger and the second part is the action. An example is "When I get a new entry from a Wufoo form, create a new lead in Salesforce."
  • You can pick what fields from the trigger service should go to the action service and you can use static text and custom fields too. For instance, you might say that the phone number from your Wufoo form should be the work phone of your new Salesforce lead.
  • Zapier regularly checks your trigger for new data. When the Zap triggers, Zapier automatically performs your action for you. Continuing with the Wufoo scenario, say you receive five new entries. Zapier takes each one and makes a new lead in Salesforce, customized to the way you specified in your Zap.

"Easy to use" is the top reason why over 464 developers like Postman, while over 40 developers mention "Sync cloud services" as the leading cause for choosing Zapier.

According to the StackShare community, Postman has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1752 company stacks & 2232 developers stacks; compared to Zapier, which is listed in 241 company stacks and 66 developer stacks.

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Zapier
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Tray.io

Hey! We are Raisegiving, a payments platform geared towards helping nonprofits raise money and manage donors. We are looking to give our Users (Admins of nonprofits) the ability to integrate their Raisegiving account with other tools such as Mailchimp and QuickBooks.

Examples of desired use cases:

  • Users should be able to sync Raisegiving audience with their Mailchimp audience, trigger the creation of a new Mailchimp audience based on data from their Raisegiving account.
  • Donations made on our platform should sync with users Quickbooks account.

Does anyone have any helpful insights into the pros and cons of Tray.io vs Zapier?

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Bob Bass
President & Full Stack Enginee at Narro, LLC | 3 upvotes 路 13.3K views
Recommends
Zapier

Tray.io is expensive and only makes sense in a few rare occasions where you need 2-way constant data binding in a 'loop' where Zapier is more like an automation swiss army knife. Tray.io is aimed exclusively at enterprise while Zapier supports businesses of any size. Tray.io is very expensive and Zapier is much more reasonable especially early on before you have massive amounts of zaps.

You may also want to look at Integromat but Zapier would be my choice in this case. I almost don't see Tray.io as being something worth considering for your particular use case unless there's a massive scale behind your product that I'm unaware of (absurd amounts of tasks in the hundreds of thousands).

Zapier also has a great community and an "experts" program in the event that you want to outsource your automation.

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Apiary
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Swagger UI

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 122.6K 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
Recommends
Postman

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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Decisions about Postman and Zapier
Stephen Fox
Artificial Intelligence Fellow | 1 upvote 路 109.9K 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 Postman
Pros of Zapier
  • 481
    Easy to use
  • 366
    Great tool
  • 274
    Makes developing rest api's easy peasy
  • 154
    Easy setup, looks good
  • 142
    The best api workflow out there
  • 53
    History feature
  • 53
    It's the best
  • 43
    Adds real value to my workflow
  • 41
    Great interface that magically predicts your needs
  • 34
    The best in class app
  • 10
    Can save and share script
  • 9
    Fully featured without looking cluttered
  • 7
    Collections
  • 6
    Global/Environment Variables
  • 6
    Shareable Collections
  • 6
    Dead simple and useful. Excellent
  • 6
    Dark theme easy on the eyes
  • 6
    Option to run scrips
  • 5
    Awesome customer support
  • 5
    Great integration with newman
  • 4
    The test script is useful
  • 3
    This has simplified my testing significantly
  • 3
    Easy as pie
  • 3
    Simple
  • 3
    Documentation
  • 3
    Makes testing API's as easy as 1,2,3
  • 3
    Saves responses
  • 2
    API-network
  • 2
    Mocking API calls with predefined response
  • 2
    I'd recommend it to everyone who works with apis
  • 1
    Pre-request Script and Test attributes are invaluable
  • 1
    Postman Runner CI Integration
  • 1
    Now supports GraphQL
  • 1
    Continuous integration using newman
  • 1
    Easy to setup, test and provides test storage
  • 1
    Graph
  • 0
    <a href="http://fixbit.com/">useful tool</a>
  • 0
    Runner
  • 45
    Sync cloud services
  • 34
    Easy setup
  • 15
    Scheduled tasks
  • 8
    Great customer support
  • 6
    Integrates with Trello
  • 6
    Gives me updates anytime, anywhere

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Cons of Postman
Cons of Zapier
  • 8
    Stores credentials in HTTP
  • 7
    Poor GraphQL support
  • 6
    Bloated features and UI
  • 5
    Cumbersome to switch authentication tokens
  • 1
    Expensive
  • 1
    Can't prompt for per-request variables
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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 Zapier?

    Zapier is for busy people who know their time is better spent selling, marketing, or coding. Instead of wasting valuable time coming up with complicated systems - you can use Zapier to automate the web services you and your team are already using on a daily basis.

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    Reviews of Postman and Zapier
    Senior Software Engineer
    Review of
    Postman

    If you're building an API service, this Chrome extension is a must-have. It'll let you ping your endpoints using a nice clean UI that's built right into Chrome. You can also share your previous requests - a simple way to 'document' your API if you're short on time.

    Cofounder
    Review of
    Postman

    If someone is having trouble shipping data to the Knowtify API, I almost always share my postman collection. Working through the issue from there is typically pretty easy.

    Review of
    Zapier

    Hey! I have been using Zapier for a while and I get updates for everything that I do. :D Sports, gmail, and pretty much everything else!

    Founder of StartupCommunity.org at The Social Business
    Review of
    Postman

    Not much to say, it's the best free tool out there for testing APIs. Get it.

    How developers use Postman and Zapier
    shridhardalavi uses
    Postman

    Postman is a powerful tool for performing integration testing with your API. It allows for repeatable, reliable tests that can be automated and used in a variety of environments and includes useful tools for persisting data and simulating how a user might actually be interacting with the system

    Rashid Muhammad uses
    Postman

    I use it for testing my Web Api. It's a easy tool for interacting with a RESTFul API and provides great tools for organizing requests. The Newman tool is great for allowing your tests to run in a CI/CD pipeline.

    Xpertz uses
    Postman

    Used to test API endpoints and monitor API which also acts as an API heartbeat to keep functions alive in Google Cloud in order to avoid timeout responses to Slack.

    Onezino Gabriel uses
    Postman

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    David Flynn uses
    Postman

    We use Postman for all our API testing. Postman is invaluable. We would like to have a team licence so that we can use shared work spaces and test collections.

    Kiana Beauty uses
    Zapier

    Zapier is used to catch Webhooks from Shopify to do things like customer follow-up, cart abandonment and other cool things.

    B霉i Thanh uses
    Zapier
    • Trigger Redmine issues.
    • Merge request trigger from Gitlab by webhook.
    • Post messages/alerts to Chatwork to dev team.
    Anthony Lee uses
    Zapier

    This service saves so much time integrating different API services and triggering different cloud apps.

    Sail Tactics uses
    Zapier

    Monitoring new customer sales, keeping MailChimp lists up to date with current subscriber information.

    dotmos uses
    Zapier

    Sends messages to Slack when code is committed in BitBucket or when deploys have launched.