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Liyas Thomas
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Launching Hoppscotch v1.0 👽 - free, fast & beautiful API request builder 🎉

So, here’s how Hoppscotch happened.

GitHub → Web app →

You know the drill. You’re developing an app for a client and you need to test every APIs and every APIs response in every method, on every requests.

Our team was already using Postman to test all the variations of an API, but my 7 year old PC couldn't afford to run another Electron app just to see the request responses in all of them. And that’s how it all started.

How about making a tool where you can test your APIs from your browser itself without switching between apps as you work? That would be neat, huh!

GitHub logo hoppscotch / hoppscotch

👽 Open source API development ecosystem - https://hoppscotch.io

How it all began

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The initial tweet about the idea got 250+ likes and 60+ retweets so people were definitely interested in this kind of tool.

I literally launched Hoppscotch on a dev.to article and wrote about it on Hacker News, HackerNoon, Medium, HashNode, Reddit, Twitter etc.

I saw a guy writing JavaScript today.
No frameworks.
No libraries.
No problems.
He just did it.
Writing JavaScript.
Like a Psychopath.

It was me 🙃

I had some problems with CORS in deployment, but I found a quick workaround. I used Vue.js and apparently migrated to Nuxt.js.

At that point I started thinking that the tool can actually be published as a standalone web app, and the WebSocket testing feature can just be an addition. So I shifted my goal and starting working towards that.

I added few themes, polished up the UI a bit, struggled for 30 mins to come up with a name and..... drumroll Hoppscotch it is. I setup a GitHub repo for people who were interested to contribute.

After I open sourced the code, polished up the UI, and finished bunch of other smaller things, hoppscotch.io was live 🎉

I actually wrapped up work at 4:30 AM because I just couldn’t go to sleep without finishing that one thing 😅

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Features

  • 💚 Open Source
  • 🔥 Runs online
  • 🚀 Multi-platform & multi-device support
  • 📱 Progressive Web App
  • 🔌 WebSocket testing
  • 📡 Server Sent Events testing
  • 🌩 Socket.IO testing
  • 🦟 MQTT testing
  • 💫 GraphQL testing
  • 🌈 Customizations
  • ⏰ History
  • 📁 Collections
  • 🌐 Proxy
  • 📜 Pre-Request Scripts & environment variables β
  • 🐳 Docker
  • ⛳ Keyboard Shortcuts
  • ✅ Post-Request Tests β
  • Full features

After the launch, analytics were going crazy! Got 17,700+ stars on GitHub, made it to GitHub Trending couple of times, became #2 product of the day on Product Hunt, got featured in Indie Hackers, Hacker news, Hacker noon, BetaList, YouTube & open source dev podcast etc.

Apart from the project development, there were other goodies happened since initial release:

I was solving my own problem with the hope that I'll also gonna solve other people’s problems. The most important thing about is that in the end, you get a lot of amazing and positive feedback, which is basically the only thing that drives you to do better and more awesome work! 🎉

If you think Hoppscotch is worthy of existing as a free, fast alternative to Postman, please consider giving us a confidence boost! Star the repo on GitHub, Tweet, share among your friends, teams and contacts!

Support

I want to thank everyone for your feedback and support. You can follow me on Twitter if you’re interested in future updates.

If you want a heads up on my next projects, or just want to chat about the web, make sure to follow me @liyasthomas 💙. If any of my projects helped you please consider Buying me a coffee or making a donation on PayPal.

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twoperkg • Edited

It looks very good and promising. But I have readability problem of a response object when a light theme is activated. Yellow values on white background are barely seen, have to highlight text to see it. See attached picture.
P.S It looks like I am going to delete Postman from my machine. :)

thepracticaldev.s3.amazonaws.com/i...

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Liyas Thomas

I just pushed a quick fix for readability problem on light-themes.
Just do a hard refresh Ctrl + Shift + r to update to the latest version and boom! issues is fixed 🔥

(if issues persists, clear cookies and refresh)

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twoperkg

Now I even without glasses can read it :) Thanks :)

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Liyas Thomas

I'm obsessed with dark theme which why i concentrated on dark themes first. But now I'll work more on theme white mode. Thanks for pinging this. Next priority is light theme. If you'd like to suggest a theme pallet for light theme, shoot a DM, or perhaps a PR? 😌

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Ruslan Shashkov • Edited

Fantastic! The UI looks very good. It would be awesome if you add WebSocket support.
And a light theme would be useful as well. Some people like me having trouble with using dark mode in UI. I have some kind of problem with my eyes and UIs looks blurry in dark mode :-(

UPD: Sorry didn't find customization screen before :-)

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Liyas Thomas

WebSocket support is already landed from v0.1.0 🎉

postwoman.io/websocket

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Jon Randy 🎖️

Insomnia is the best such tool I've used - insomnia.rest

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Liyas Thomas • Edited

Postwoman is an online web app. No need to install or update build, because of this, there's no other overhead to system for using a testing tool. Moreover apps such as Postman and insomnia are built with electron which consumes a considerable amount of resources of the system.

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Postwoman have multi platform, multi device support. API testing can be done even from your smartphone now.

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catalin560

but why would you do it from a smartphone? the other clients are multi platform too...

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Liyas Thomas

Handy feature isn't it?

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seveneye

Is there a suppor for environments? That would be awesome! :)

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Liyas Thomas • Edited

Pre-request scripts and Environment variables are deployed to production but experimental!
Full list of feature are here: github.com/liyasthomas/postwoman

Usage:

  1. Open Pre-request scripts by clicking the "<>" icon button under request Method

  2. Set env variables with JavaScript notation: pw.environment.set("key", "value"); inside pre-request script textarea.

Ex: pw.environment.set("route", "/api/users");

  1. Use <<key>> (including double angle brackets) anywhere inside request section as an env var

Ex: <<route>> inside Path field

Screenshots:

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Other use cases are:

  • Including the timestamp in the request headers
  • Sending a random alphanumeric string in the URL parameters
  • You can even chain requests in near future 🔥

Full information can be found here: github.com/liyasthomas/postwoman/p...

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seveneye

cool. thanks for your work!

I'm thinking of something like environment in postman where you can easily change variables without modifying the request.

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Liyas Thomas

Actually this is cooking up! and will be deployed soon.
github.com/liyasthomas/postwoman/i...

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seveneye

wow. will be looking forward to this feature. You're awesome! :)

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Liyas Thomas

Glad you liked it! Star the project on GitHub, share among your friends/teams 🙏👽🛸✨

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Robert

No POSTLGBTQ+? JK. Awesome content!

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Liyas Thomas

lol

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Erik Jonker

This is a cool project! Well done! Just one thing though. It is quite difficult to take anyone serious using so many emoji's, especially a developer, especially in github commit messages. Besides my 2 cents, this seems like a fun alternative to postman

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Liyas Thomas

I don't think usage of emojis in commit messages limit the project's seriousness. Gitmoji (gitmoji.carloscuesta.me) is a highly appreciated project on GitHub supported by a huge community of devs 🤔

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Andrew • Edited

This looks interesting. Is the best way to develop with localhost to use Ngrok? Or is there something that I am missing?

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Liyas Thomas

localhost endpoints can be tested by installing a middleware browser extension. Links are in repo's readme.

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Andrew

Okay thanks

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Mitch Stanley

Congratulations on 1.0! The UI looks fantastic. I look forward to giving this a try 😃

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Liyas Thomas • Edited

Glad you liked it! 💜
Looking forward on how Postwoman could ease up your development! Do share among your friends/team ⚡

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KP • Edited

"I was that guy."

Funny, I always assumed you were a girl...unless you're using "guy" in the gender-agnostic form ;)

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Liyas Thomas • Edited

Yeah! I've heard this many times before.

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Nijeesh Joshy • Edited

I had some problems with CORS in deployment, but I found a quick workaround.

i have been following postwomen since the DEV post. How did you fix it ?

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Liyas Thomas • Edited

We implemented Proxy mode. For requests having CORS issues, go to Settings > Turn on Proxy
That's it. But you don't want to do this at first. We'll prompt you to enable proxy only if the requests requires it. 👽✨

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Niko Heikkilä

Congrats! I was briefly observing Postwoman when it was first published but didn't feel the urge to switch from Postman. Now then, the 1.0 feature list demands me to give it another spin.

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Liyas Thomas

You should look at our roadmap and stuffs we pipelined for future 🔥👽🛸

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Rohan Sawant

Great to finally meet the man behind the legend!

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Liyas Thomas

🙏😌🛸👽

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Steeve

Seems an awesome project, I going to try it out! Btw, Good Article Liyas ! 🦄

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Liyas Thomas • Edited

Thanks you! ❤️

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Gal

I shared Postwoman on LinkedIn, glad to see that you're launching it!

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Liyas Thomas

Thanks. Let the world know Postwoman exists.

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Harishankar Ayandev

Hey Liyas,

You know, it was much needed. Thanks for giving us a great app. Will be grateful and I will try to contribute to the project as well.

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Liyas Thomas

Thats awesome! 🙌🏼

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