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RAML vs Swagger UI: What are the differences?

What is 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.

What is Swagger UI? dependency-free collection of HTML, Javascript, and CSS assets that dynamically generate beautiful documentation. Swagger UI is a dependency-free collection of HTML, Javascript, and CSS assets that dynamically generate beautiful documentation and sandbox from a Swagger-compliant API.

RAML belongs to "API Tools" category of the tech stack, while Swagger UI can be primarily classified under "Documentation as a Service & Tools".

"API Specification" is the primary reason why developers consider RAML over the competitors, whereas "Open Source" was stated as the key factor in picking Swagger UI.

Rainist, Zalando, and Hootsuite are some of the popular companies that use Swagger UI, whereas RAML is used by Taboola, ikusei, and Anchnet. Swagger UI has a broader approval, being mentioned in 205 company stacks & 107 developers stacks; compared to RAML, which is listed in 9 company stacks and 6 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 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 · 279.4K 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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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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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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Pros of RAML
Pros of Swagger UI
  • 15
    API Specification
  • 7
    Human Readable
  • 6
    API Documentation
  • 3
    Design Patterns & Code Reuse
  • 2
    API Modeling
  • 2
    Automatic Generation of Mule flow
  • 2
    Unit Testing
  • 1
    SDK Generation
  • 1
    API Mocking
  • 47
    Open Source
  • 34
    Can execute api calls from the documentation
  • 29
    Free to use
  • 19
    Customizable
  • 14
    Easy to implement in .Net
  • 13
    Mature, clean spec
  • 11
    API Visualization
  • 9
    Coverage
  • 6
    Scaffolding
  • 6
    Easy to use
  • 5
    Vibrant and active community
  • 4
    Elegant
  • 3
    Adopted by tm forum api
  • 2
    Clear for React
  • 1
    Api
  • 1
    Can deploy API to AWS API Gateway and AWS Lambda

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Cons of RAML
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    • 3
      Need to learn YAML and RAML
    • 2
      Documentation doesn't look that good
    • 1
      Doesn't generate code snippets in different languages
    • 1
      You don’t actually get in-line error highlighting
    • 1
      Does not support hypermedia

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    What is RAML?

    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.

    What is Swagger UI?

    Swagger UI is a dependency-free collection of HTML, Javascript, and CSS assets that dynamically generate beautiful documentation and sandbox from a Swagger-compliant API

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    What are some alternatives to RAML and Swagger UI?
    Apiary
    It takes more than a simple HTML page to thrill your API users. The right tools take weeks of development. Weeks that apiary.io saves.
    YAML
    A human-readable data-serialization language. It is commonly used for configuration files, but could be used in many applications where data is being stored or transmitted.
    JSON
    JavaScript Object Notation is a lightweight data-interchange format. It is easy for humans to read and write. It is easy for machines to parse and generate. It is based on a subset of the JavaScript Programming Language.
    REST
    An architectural style for developing web services. A distributed system framework that uses Web protocols and technologies.
    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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