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Postman vs Insomnia: which API testing tool do you use?

madarsbiss profile image Madza ・1 min read

API testing is a crucial part of web development, allowing us to pass a specific set of data (or not) to application and making sure the expected response is returned, without using fancy UIs.

Currently I'm using Postman for this purpose, tho I've seen more and more people using Insomnia lately.

Which API testing tool do you prefer and why?

Discussion

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I used postman before but was in need of a GUI that handles websockets as well and postwoman definitely saved the day.

 

I use Insomnia because personally I like the UI better. Also if I needed to pay for it, it’s a lot cheaper than Postman. I can also do everything in Insomnia that I can do in Postman.

 

I use Postman both have used both. I kept using the first because it has request examples and documentation web page out of requests and examples.

All of these in the free tier (haven't needed yet upgrading)

 

I use Insomnia in a daily basis. I prefer its simplicity when it comes to import (copy/paste) CURL requests. But I also recognize that Postman is a great tool, slightly more advanced.
Also, REST Client extension in VS Code saves my day when I have to store my API calls for later.

 

Insomnia all the way. Performance is quite good, I handle bulky JSONs in my daily work and Insomnia never breaks a sweat. UI/UX is decent too. Saved requests are managed nicely as well. Overall I've got no complaints with it and I see no reason to switch to another tool.

 

Which API testing tool do you prefer?

I use Insomnia. I like it. But almost all the examples prepared with Postman on the web.

Why?

You may know that the Postman was a browser extension for a while. It always wanted to upgrade. I hated that. I removed it and I installed Insomnia.

 

I use Insomnia. Postman was great for along time but I feel the UI is more simple in Insomnia now. Postman felt bloated.

 

I recently switched to insomnia because of the graphql support, though I still find both app quite difficult to use.

 

On my laptop, I use Insomnia for local dev but for distributed team and easy sharing, I prefer a self-hosted Postwoman

 

I used Postman for a long time until my co-worker recently introduced me to Insomnia, and honestly, I made the switch because Insomnia was "prettier" lol

 

I've been using Postman for a while now. Haven't heard of Insomnia until now. Going to give that one a shot and see how I like it.

 

I switched to insomnia for performance reasons

 

Since I switched to Insomnia – it was like a breath of fresh air. But I still dreaming about native app instead Electron.

 

I use postman. I used to like it more when it was lighter. But now it feels more bloated. I'm finding myself use the VS Code Rest client extension more and more these days

 

I use Insomnia. I found it cleaner long time ago and just stayed with it. Postman wanted some weird things from me, for a curl with gui, it felt bloated.

 

I use postman. I am just used to using it and it's good enough tool for me :D