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Overview

What is Postman?

Postman, headquartered in San Francisco, offers their flagship API development and management free to small teams and independent developers. Higher tiers (Postman Pro and Postman Enterprise) support API management, as well as team collaboration, extended support and other advanced features.

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Postman has gained popularity as a user-friendly API testing tool that supports the development, debugging, and publishing of APIs. Users …
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Time saver of engineers

10 out of 10
October 09, 2022
Postman just solves all the problem that developers had with the uses of API builidng and testing. It is baically an end to end solution …
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Postman Review

10 out of 10
May 24, 2022
Postman is what we use to test our API systems. We have a variety of public and private API systems, all of which are tested by my team …
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All About Postman

9 out of 10
January 17, 2022
I am working in the company as a Test Automation Engineer. I am using Postman for testing different services in different environments. I …
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Postman Delivers

9 out of 10
September 17, 2020
Incentivized
We write and maintain several WCF applications and integrate with WCF services from other teams and departments. Postman has been great …
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Awards

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Popular Features

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  • API access control (32)
    9.5
    95%
  • API monitoring and logging (32)
    8.9
    89%
  • API versioning (24)
    8.7
    87%
  • API user onboarding (21)
    8.3
    83%
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Pricing

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Postman Free Plan

$0.00 US Dollars

Cloud

Postman Basic Plan

$12 US Dollars

Cloud
per month per user

Postman Professional Plan

$29 US Dollars

Cloud
per month per user

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee
For the latest information on pricing, visithttps://www.postman.com/pricing

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Features

API Management

API management handles technical things like user permissions, version control,and security, in addition to business items like documentation and pricing

8.4
Avg 8.3
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Product Details

What is Postman?

Postman is an API platform, boasting users among more than 17 million developers and 500,000 organizations worldwide for building and managing APIs. Postman aims to simplify each step of the API lifecycle and streamline collaboration, enabling users to create better APIs faster. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and has a large office in Bangalore, where it was founded.

Postman Features

API Management Features

  • Supported: API access control
  • Supported: API versioning
  • Supported: Usage billing and payments
  • Supported: API monitoring and logging

Postman Screenshots

Screenshot of API design - You can design your API specifications in Postman using OpenAPI, RAML, GraphQL, or SOAP formats. Postman’s schema editor makes it easy to work with specification files of any size, & it validates specifications with a built-in linting engine.Screenshot of API documentation - Postman automatically generates documentation & supports markdown-enabled and machine-readable documentation. Docs automatically include request details & sample code. Share the docs with your team, in a public workspace, or in a dedicated portal.Screenshot of API testing - Build and run functional, integration, & regression tests directly in Postman or as part of your CI/CD pipeline with Newman (Postman’s a command-line Collection Runner that enables you to run & test a collection from the command line).Screenshot of Public workspaces - Public workspaces allow you to share your APIs publicly with anyone. You can use public workspaces to gather feedback on your APIs, onboard developers quickly, or just showcase your work.Screenshot of Reporting - Postman generates reports that enable you to visualize data for team metrics and usage, & for API activities such as creation, collection execution, and test runs. Use reports to get insights on performance, troubleshooting, & SLA adherence.

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Postman Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

Postman, headquartered in San Francisco, offers their flagship API development and management free to small teams and independent developers. Higher tiers (Postman Pro and Postman Enterprise) support API management, as well as team collaboration, extended support and other advanced features.

RapidAPI and Stoplight are common alternatives for Postman.

Reviewers rate API access control highest, with a score of 9.5.

The most common users of Postman are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Reviews and Ratings

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Community Insights

TrustRadius Insights are summaries of user sentiment data from TrustRadius reviews and, when necessary, 3rd-party data sources. Have feedback on this content? Let us know!

Postman has gained popularity as a user-friendly API testing tool that supports the development, debugging, and publishing of APIs. Users from various departments, including QA, Dev, and IT monitoring, rely on Postman to test the behavior of services and measure their performance and response time. With support for different formats like JSON and XML, software developers use Postman to test and automate new APIs, streamlining their testing processes and improving work quality. Additionally, Postman is widely utilized for testing both public and private API systems, ensuring their reliability and functionality. It also facilitates communication with non-conventional clients who have their own custom API-consuming mechanisms. The tool's ability to create workspaces and save all requests helps enhance organization and efficiency. Moreover, Postman is highly valued for its simple and user-friendly UI, making it easy for users to make API calls and maintain their own workspace. Its history feature allows users to easily reuse their last used requests, while the ability to save request information locally and share it with colleagues promotes effective collaboration. Furthermore, Postman plays a crucial role in troubleshooting as it allows software engineers and development teams to connect to APIs and gather information. Users find its integration into the CI/CD pipeline particularly beneficial as it streamlines the development and deployment process. Additionally, Postman is commonly used by automation engineers for different types of testing such as regression testing, smoke testing, and functional testing. It simplifies API development tasks by assisting in managing existing APIs, creating new ones, and providing easy API documentation for clients. The fact that Postman is free to use is seen as a major advantage by users. Overall, Postman's speed, user-friendly interface, versatility in handling different formats, and integration into development processes make it a highly regarded API testing tool in the market.

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Fast API calls: Many users have found the fast API calls feature to be very useful for HTTP protocol and restful service testing, with several reviewers mentioning its efficiency and time-saving capabilities.

Free and open-source tool: The fact that the software is a free and open-source tool has added to its appeal, as mentioned by multiple users. They appreciate the accessibility and affordability of the software.

Collaboration features: Several users have appreciated the ability to share API connections, create collections of API calls, and collaborate seamlessly with teammates. This universal feature of the software has been praised for enhancing teamwork and facilitating collaboration regardless of location.

Cumbersome User Interface: Some users have found the user interface of Postman to be overwhelming and complicated, making it difficult for new users to navigate. They suggested that the interface could be made cleaner and more intuitive, with a slim minimal version that only includes essential features.

Syncing and Loading Issues: Several users have experienced difficulties with syncing changes in Postman, often requiring them to restart the software. Additionally, loading collections in JSON format has been problematic for some users. These issues are further compounded when many tabs are open simultaneously.

Limited SOAP API Testing: Users have expressed a desire for improvements in testing SOAP APIs with Postman. They feel that there is room for enhancement in the area of testing WSDL as well. Some users find the software limited in its ability to efficiently tackle SOAK APIs and area testing.

Users highly recommend Postman for API development and testing, citing its cost effectiveness and history saving features. They suggest using Postman for backend development and testing APIs, as it allows for easy testing without waiting for the frontend. Users also recommend Postman for evaluating APIs and checking their functionality, as well as testing security features. Overall, Postman is considered one of the best tools for developers, API testing and management, organizations, and software developers.

Users find Postman easy to understand and use, making it a preferred choice for API documentation and sharing with teams. They highly recommend Postman for API testing, quickly testing server-side functional APIs, and for those developing web applications. Users suggest exploring all of Postman's features to meet all API testing and development requirements. Additionally, users think that Postman is the best API testing tool in the market.

While users generally recommend Postman for all types of projects, some caution that it may not scale well for larger projects. For smaller companies or individuals, however, Postman is highly recommended. For working on microservices with team collaboration, users suggest considering the Pro version of Postman. Users also recommend making extensive use of Postman for an easier workflow and treating it like a library or catalog of API requests. In summary, users consider Postman a must-have tool for any API developer or tester, particularly useful for developing CRUD applications as it simplifies and speeds up the process.

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Reviews

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Lankit Patel | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • bundling of APIs into collection
  • allow to create a globally accessible link
  • great UI/UX to interact with APIs
  • desktop version is process heavy
  • same is the case with extention
  • it would be better if they produce a slim minimal version with only essentials packed in
May 24, 2022

Postman Review

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Postman API allows you to access data in your Postman account using code. Execute all of the standard CRUD operations on your collections, environments, mocks, and other objects.
  • Postman used to be a platform where people worked alone and independently tested APIs. Working together has never been easier with features like commenting, forking, branching, pull requests, tagging, and more.
  • In the Pre-request and Test script tabs of Postman, you can use a set of external libraries. These libraries make life easier for developers by providing functionality that isn't always available in JavaScript.
  • Wherever you need to automate tests that involve database verification or rely on data from databases, Postman is less suitable.
  • Postman's disc usage is extremely high, and it occasionally causes the computer to fade.
  • It doesn't have the ability to generate random data. To achieve randomness in my tests, I've been working around scripts.
Haroon Akmal | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Loading APIs (Just put the URL and hit send, if it doesn't require security token)
  • N-level of organizing collections into folders/ sub-folders
  • Sharing the collection across team
  • Create documentation, adding examples for each scenario
  • Run Feature
  • Assertion scripts snippets are really helpful in tests
  • Environments can be organized as per users' need.
  • Database connectivity - To get data directly from DBs (traditional plus new like MongoDB or CosmosDB)
  • Data Generator - Random data generator like email, names, zip/postal codes, addresses, mobile number. Although there's a public API but it has limits.
Bimal Subedi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Managing the created APIs in a flexible way
  • Testing the APIs with GET, POST, PATCH, DELETE any many more requests
  • Creating API documentations for future reference
  • Disk usage of Postman is a lot high, sometimes it causes computer to flicker
  • The UI of Postman can be made more cleaner
  • API deployment services can also be added
January 17, 2022

All About Postman

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • It helps with testing different services easily
  • Load time of the application is very quick
  • Useful product for making API calls
  • It should allow for easier use when many tabs are open at the same time
  • Sometimes loading the collections in JSON format is not easily done
  • While testing SOAP APIs there is definitely some room for improving the user's experience
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Use to use, thanks to snippets and in line IDE.
  • Quick test runner.
  • Headless running in deployment pipeline.
  • Autocomplete in IDE.
  • Folderwise selection of Requests to run in test runner.
  • Copying requests through drag'n'drop.
  • Linking of requests to, so that not every copy has to be maintained.
  • Get support.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Simple and quick to create requests.
  • Built in snippets for simple assertion generation.
  • Externalizes parameters in environment files to allow simple swapping between development and test environments.
  • The ability to integrate with a 3rd party source control system is frustrating. Needing to export a singular large raw file and store that in source control myself introduces a number of merge conflicts. Postman does offer their own source control system, but this does not allow me to parallelize my test code alongside my development code, and diverges from our development strategy.
  • There [are] no elegant means of conditionally executing a particular step. Postman includes the ability to "go to" a request, but this requires looking deep into the implemented test or pre-request code to know that this behavior is present.
  • There is no good solution to code reuse. I cannot define a particular request structure and parameterize it for future use. I am forced to replicate requests over and over and modify them all when changes are needed.
Kerry Haupt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • It has opened a door for me to explore more out of it, as it is associated with so many APIs that I never felt any difficulty in finding the right API template, which are well organized and easily available.
  • It is very secure to use and provides great services which are user-friendly.
  • Due to this software I have got rid of the excessive emails and the slack channels, Now I am using my own private API and even it give me an option to produce my personal Postman’s API Builder from its Private API Network and this features has shared my excessive workload.
  • It is quite technical and complicated too.
  • I think the reporting features needs to be modified so we won’t be able to miss important features.
  • It does not tackle efficiently the SOAK APIS and it is limited in the area testing as well.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Ease of access.
  • Supports multiple header, raw data and param options.
  • Response can also be visualized in different forms.
  • Response code can be copied.
  • Full API code can be imported in almost all major languages.
  • Software stuck sometimes when there are lots of database API.
  • Not so beginner friendly, I needed help when I first started to use Postman.
September 17, 2020

Postman Delivers

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Easy to configure, just point to the service URL and you're good to start.
  • Easy to set up parameters on method calls.
  • Limited reporting: it would be nice if we could export a log file of failed calls.
  • Not a ton of automation: would be really useful for QA/integration testing.
March 12, 2020

My review on Postman

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • It has a group environment through which different teams can integrate and work together.
  • Easy to switch between different modes i.e JSON XML. Authenticating using different protocols is easy.
  • Pricing is also very comfortable.
  • Enterprise version is easy to setup and use but the number of requests is limited. I feel it would be great if there were more requests.
  • Pricing for enterprise should be less.
  • I don't have any more complaints as it is very good tool.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Execute HTTP requests seamlessly using a lightweight client.
  • Configure HTTP request headers and body payloads easily.
  • The user interface is complicated, especially when you need to dig into one of the many settings.
  • I don't know where else Postman can perform better. So far, I haven't had many issues with Postman other than the learning curve.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Submit API requests and view responses without the need for a browser or browser extensions.
  • Archive and group API requests by type, application, or any way you see fit.
  • The documentation produced is useful, but it could provide more information.
  • Sharing the documentation could be made easier.
Joshua Cariño | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Send Rest Request easily.
  • Modify different types of parameters with ease.
  • I hope they could develop a trace log like that of Apigee Edge where I could visually see what happened as the request gets processed.
  • Add the auto Beatify or AutoCorrect formats of JSON texts.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Intuitive interface - Postman's desktop client is well designed and easy to use.
  • Collaboration - Coworkers can share a work space and work together from any location.
  • Configuration - Postman offers hundreds of settings for extensive customization.
  • Desktop based - While it's possible to run Postman on a phone or tablet, it works best on desktop environments.
  • Data analysis - It would be helpful to be able to run more data analysis directly within the tool. Exporting isn't always as straightforward as it could be.
Gary Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Issue GET and POST calls to external APIs to verify headers and responses.
  • Verify developed internal APIs.
  • Build a library collection of useful API calls to be used as needed.
  • The history of previous calls is easily searched to pull up calls to be modified and repeated.
  • It is difficult to move a folder from one collection to another.
  • It may be necessary to subscribe to the professional edition to get needed functionality. So far, I have been able to use the free edition to do a substantial amount of work. For example, sharing with teams with large collections would require the paid edition.
  • Switching from team back to individual may result in lost collections that were archived. Export the archive before you do this so you can import it. this area can be confusing.
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