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I created Hoppscotch 👽 - Open source API development ecosystem

Liyas Thomas
Titles don't mean anything. That's why I removed mine. I do what I love. Have a vision and everything is possible.
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Hoppscotch 👽

Feel free to contribute on GitHub 💚


In case you missed it!
Story this far: I joined Zartek, which is a start-up based in Kochi, Kerala where I work as a full-stack developer.

The story behind Hoppscotch: The very first task I was assigned is an API integration of an old project. That's when I came across Postman API testing tool. Postman has separate builds targeted to each operating system made with Electron. I use a low-end PC and can't possibly afford to run another Electron app. From that moment onwards, I wanted to make an API testing platform which is:

  • Open Sourced 💚
  • Runs online
  • Have multi-platform support
  • Have multi-device support
  • Accessible from anywhere

That's how Hoppscotch was born (this is not at all an alternative to Postman - yet, it does the job very beautifully and minimally. It needs more features and love which I hope we all can give by contributing on GitHub).

screenshot of Hoppscotch

When I did a background check on API request builders, Postman offered various Plans & Pricing, there were a lot of other API request builders based on cURL, etc. But none of them seems simple, minimal, and efficient.

That's why I created my own API request builder with pure JavaScript (I used Vue.js) + HTML + CSS 💖

Did I mention this service is all free of charge and 100% open source? Yes, It's free and always will be.

The Hoppscotch API request builder helps you create your requests faster, saving precious time on your development.

Features 🔥

  • Send requests to verify your API is ready for launch GET, PUT, POST, DELETE, OPTIONS (more coming soon)
  • Authentication support
  • Parameters support
  • Request body support
  • View Response
  • Progressive Web App support
  • UPDATE: Added History support
  • (more coming soon)

screenshot of Hoppscotch

Features planned for near future for which I need your help.

  • Autocomplete
  • Code highlight in response body
  • More methods
  • ~History~ UPDATE: Added History support

🎁 Bonus: Hoppscotch is in dark mode 🌚

Demo 🚀

Feel free to contribute on GitHub 💚

GitHub logo hoppscotch / hoppscotch

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

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Ben Halpern

Did you know Postman has raised 58 million in venture funding? That shocked me when I found out. I always assumed it was more indy.

Perhaps this project is something you could turn into a business?

Anyway, I just sent you a Paypal donation. Keep up the great work!

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David Wickes

Did you know Postman has raised 58 million in venture funding? That shocked me when I found out. I always assumed it was more indy.

Really? Someone should show these VCs curl or wget or ab - it'll blow their minds...

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Liyas Thomas Author • Edited

First things first: A huge thanks for dev.to You guys are the best 👌
A huge thanks for the donation. This means so much to me. You'll shine ✨

I took your advice to my heart, will work on it.

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Ben Halpern

My DMs are open and I'm happy to provide more help along the way.

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Emma Goto 🍙

Love the name!

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Liyas Thomas Author

Why should boys have all the fun! 😜

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ffalor

Never thought of gender when I said postman. Also didn't know postman could only be used by males. (sarcasm aside) I think a unique name would make the service stand out more instead of making a statement.

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Liyas Thomas Author • Edited

I don't want to gender-ify this service. I believe a name doesn't have that much influence on determining its scope or sucess. If you would like to suggest an alternative name, go on. I'm all hears.

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Ghost

I would be mildly annoyed if someone complain about postMAN, is the same with postWOMAN so keep the name, keep the good work; and if someone complains, who cares, in the web always someone is offended by something. After years in classrooms with almost 1% females still makes me happy to be able to talk nerdy and to a girl at the same time. (without sighs and eye rolls that is)

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Liyas Thomas Author

This is gold ✨

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Sander Houttekier

Let's not make it into a gender thing ... The only reason I would probably have gone with a different name is to avoid potential legal issues. It's directly derived from the same name as the product you took the original idea from. They might not be happy as commercial product with - I say in their eyes - a clone with a similar name trying to take away their business... That Alone is way more risky than the potential gender discussion the name might be calling for

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David Wickes

a clone

I look forward to lawyers trying to claim copyright over making an HTTP request in the browser...

That will be a more serious issue than I thought.

Rename to Postie? Or even Getperson... 😄

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Liyas Thomas Author

Let's see what future brings

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Litchi

I love the name Postwoman, it's awesome and really caught my attention.

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Liyas Thomas Author

That's exactly what I had in mind. Let it help you on your development period.

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Cristian Baluta • Edited

Me as an occasional user it's guaranteed i'll remember Postwoman. I don't like Postman because is using the gpu of my mac. But i'm wondering what are the limits, i know Postman is not web based because of some limitations.

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Liyas Thomas Author

Same here brother!

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🦄N B🛡 • Edited

Tuppence time: I think it's a cute pun, and works well as an homage. Plus it opens the door wide for a vast array of inappropriate puns and silly jokes about Postman and Postwoman.

Like, what if there's an acquisition offer? The Register would (will?) have a field day.

And I'll just leave this here:

Only downside I can see is there might be some faffing around over copyright or people who take themselves too seriously taking the name too seriously. E.g. be prepared for the suggestions of "postwomyn" and whatnot.

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Liyas Thomas Author

NuxtJS, NextJS, NestJS.

Just saying.

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Alexis Sánchez

I think the names are not antagonist each other, and as I understood wasn't a "political statement" I believe was more a "cachi" name, at the end, I think in the real word postman and now postwoman will complement each other in the dev world, as should be with everything

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Liyas Thomas Author

I love positive people like you.

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lesha 🟨⬛️ • Edited

I don't want to gender-ify this service.

But you've just did...

I believe a name doesn't have that much influence on determining its scope or sucess.

Entire companies have been born for sole purpose of inventing product branding, which includes creating an appealing name.

For many people "postwoman" is just a swing in likes of "take that, MEN" which i find, how millenials are caling it, problematic.

P.s. I believe "man" in "postman" stands for "person", not as "male"

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Liyas Thomas Author

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

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daveclarke

I foresee a name change in your near future. If Postman has received significant venture capital then they’re obliged to protect their brand. And they could have chosen a gender neutral name like Postie so we’ll done for calling them out on their name, even if not deliberate. I habit been aware that Postman uses Electron - good to know, thank you.

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Liyas Thomas Author

I don't think there's a problem with this name.

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🦄N B🛡

Thanks for giving us all your perspective.

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Ashish Kamble

great

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Andrea

Hi there!
Just a side question:
what driving factors made you chose Vue instead of other front end frameworks?
I ask this because Postwoman seems promising and getting traction, so that it's interesting to learn about the tech choices behind it.
Thanks in advance!
P.S. "Postwoman" is really a funny and well thought name imho

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Liyas Thomas Author

Actually, this is my first Vue project. I wanted to learn Vue. And "learn by doing a project" is my way of learning. That why I choose Vue.

** The initial prototype was built in a night. And I didnt had a second thought on naming.

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Adam Crockett

I get the name but be the bigger person, this should be post person 😅

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Noah Ginsburg

In comparison to postman, I think the idea is to be the smaller one 😉

No clue if that was intentional, but it definitely works lol

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Liyas Thomas Author

Minimalism and keeping things simple has been one of my prior concern.

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Ryan Couch

That should be the SOAP version, why should rest APIs get all the love

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Phil Albu

SOAP == 🤢

😂😉

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Adam Crockett

I confess I have not really looked into SOAP at all... I must stink.

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🦄N B🛡

No lye.

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Adam Crockett

😣 dad joke quality puns 🤣

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🦄N B🛡

Why not just change the HTTP verb?

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Charles Anim

This is pretty cool. I like the name a lot. I'm going to be diving more into the source code, and hopefully, I'll find some time to contribute.

Also, do you only intend to keep this super minimal or looking to add some few "minimal" bells and whistles in the future?

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Liyas Thomas Author

I'm always open to suggestions. Everyone's opinion counts. Feel free to contribute and share your thoughts on improving Postwoman.

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Eric Flores

You only changed half the name. What about the first part? We don't only use it for POST. We also use it for GET and PUT (and more). Getwoman sounds too out of place. So I would suggest Putwoman. That gets you out of trouble with the the Postman people.

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Liyas Thomas Author

Renaming the platform is currently scheduled for future. After stable release. Anyway suggestions are welcomed.

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Charles Anim

i sure will, maybe you should submit this app to Product hunt to get more eyes on it.

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Liyas Thomas Author

Actually, I made a post on Product Hunt. Share some love 🔥✨

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Charles Anim

Lol I did too. Should I take mine down?

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Liyas Thomas Author

I hope you gave proper credit for me, and didn't changed any contents.

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Oliver Janik

While I applaud the effort, this can't be more than just a toy until it drops browser sandbox like Postman or Insomnia did. You can't deal with CORS, browser hides cookies from you, applies HSTS and other cross-origin restrictions. Good luck!

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Liyas Thomas Author

Thanks for your concern, consider making a contribution or suggestions to make Postwoman better ❤️

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🦄N B🛡 • Edited

this can't be more than just a toy until it drops browser sandbox like Postman or Insomnia did. You can't deal with CORS, browser hides cookies from you, applies HSTS and other cross-origin restrictions. Good luck!

Now hold your unicors, there, how sure are you that those restrictions aren't features?

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Shauna Gordon

So build a client that doesn't rely on Electron.

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Liyas Thomas Author

That's was my primary aim, but as you've noticed project Postwoman had gained momentum in GitHub and we rewrote a-z into Vue Nuxt which made it faster, lighter and efficient than any other projects in its category.

Oru kind supporters brought domains postwoman.net and postwoman.io which are currently serving GitHub pages directly and will be published to the world for free on Postwoman v1.0 stable release. We need support from guys like you for the next big thing to happen. Postwoman will be a fully transparent open source project, free of cost for all.

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Beautus S Gumede

I love this! Here's a quick thought, I didn't research this but what are implications of having server side to proxy a http request? Like a free tier on zeit.co where a requests can be handled by a lambda function and results are sent back to the client side. Full disclaimer, I googled once and got this idea so it's not something I'm proud of.

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Andrew Bastin

Umm yeah, a proxy system is something this site might need at some point. As the client side CORS policies kinda break the app (just try sending a request to google.com).

There is an active discussion going on here.

I am really loving contributing to this project.

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Liyas Thomas Author

Will surely consider your advice. Stay tuned for future updates 🐱‍💻

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Liyas Thomas Author • Edited

Star and contribute to the project on GitHub 💚

UPDATE: Added History support with session storage 👌
UPDATE: Added URL validation 🔍

Huge thanks to all the contributors 🤗

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João Guimarães

i will be glad to help in any way possible

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KP

@liyasthomas I know I'm getting to this a bit late but I have to commend you, this is awesome work and I love the name. I'm not a lawyer but I don't think you need to be too worried about any potential legal issues if this is a FOSS project and the name falls under "satire" :D

Anyway, I love that you're using Nuxt.js...curious whether you have a back-end at all, and whether I can DM you? You of all people seem to know how to implement the Authorization grant token (oauth flow using Nuxt for social login) and I'd love to pick your brain on this.

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Liyas Thomas Author • Edited

I would love have a conversation with you. You can DM me here or I'm available on Twitter @liyasthomas.

Glad you liked the project. Thanks for your suggestions on legal issues. Later, I came to know that there are thousands of projects which even sounds similar and does pretty much the same thing.

Currently, we don't have a backend at all. I made it fully transparent, we don't even do analytics, logging or accept any user/client informations. I believe in "free for all" philosophy. Currently we're focusing on its growth. Adding essential features such as workspace sharing, auth, collections etc and encouraging people to use it. Making it popular or should I say, letting people know that there exists a service that has everything for API testing and its free and open source.

I believe your contributions to the project on GitHub will be an asset for us. Please consider contributing and share the love with a text, tweet or talk. Looking forward for your response.

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KP • Edited

Thanks @liyasthomas . I just starred the project on Github...amazing that you're focused on it's growth above all else. I will definitely be using postwoman and report any issues / improvements I find.

Right now I'm focused on a problem dealing with Auth in Nuxt (Social oAuth using the Authorization Grant token, to be specific). Is this something you would know about and can help point me in the right direction on? My DMs on DEV are also open if that's easier...do you want to follow me back / send a message so we can connect and talk further?

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Wilson Silva

Have you seen insomnia.rest?

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Liyas Thomas Author

Yes. I did a background check on prevailing such implementations. Insomnia is packed with similar features of Postman, but I want Postwoman to be minimal and beautiful.

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P.J. Villaruel

Postman and Postwoman after living in for quite a while, had a big fight, and returned to their parent's house. Thus, the Boomerang was created. chrome.google.com/.../eipdnjedkpcn......

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Matias Noriega (he/him)

This is awesome. Lately I went searching for a Postman alternative and didn't found anything, this was exactly what I was looking for:

  • Lightweight
  • Open source
  • Online

Congratulations on this project, it's very helpful! +10 for the name :D

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Liyas Thomas Author

Glad you liked it. Share it with your friends, star the project on GitHub thats how we spread love.

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Matias Noriega (he/him)

I was about to share it on my university open source group fanpage, I already starred it :D

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Liyas Thomas Author

That's great news! I'm a 🦄 happie unicorn!

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Hossein Nedaee

Because Postman runs slowly on my laptop so I decided to test your Postwoman, and it's so light and cool.
Thank you. I hope it becomes better.
I'd like to contribute it, but I didn't contribute yet on any open source projects.

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Liyas Thomas Author • Edited

Everybody was once a beginner.
Fork it, make your contributions/fix current issues, make a pull request. Thats it.

There's always a first ✨

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Hossein Nedaee

Thanks.

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Phil Albu

Hi, looks like a neat project! Nice job so far :)
Could you please help me understand how this is different from Postman? It appears to be functionally the same, with future features that will make it even more like Postman. My intention is not to be critical, I am just leery of investing (whether it be time or money) into something for which there already exists a viable product. That said, Facebook was not shy of MySpace! Curious to hear your thoughts/vision.

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Liyas Thomas Author

Postman, insomnia etc stand solid in API testing market. Let them be. But the very idea behind Postwoman was to have an alternative open source platform where developers like me could share thoughts on improving the platform as well as collaborate with people with same interest. I believe every technology should be available for free of use whether its for a single dev or for an enterprise level team. Postwoman will be free and always transparent.

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Phil Albu

Open source is definitely a good thing! 👏🏻 There are so many FOSS tools out there that we take for granted.

I am cautious about the name though. Gender equality is more important than ever in tech, and change is finally starting to happen. As others have mentioned on this thread, though, this seems more like a terse gender equality statement than an open source alternative. Perhaps the name will help it spread, but it also may get you into legal troubles, so I would encourage you to look into that (especially if this takes off).

Anyway, great stuff, nice to see an alternative option out there.

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Liyas Thomas Author

Glad you liked it. I need support from all to help me build a better, open, and transparent platform.

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Donald

I can register a domain and donate that. I use a lot of VMs for development, so I don't like to use Electron apps too much. Haven't used it yet, but I do have hosting I don't really use for anything.

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Liyas Thomas Author

I would love to consider this offer 😍😍😍

Anyway, I love GitHub and believe a good open source project doesn't require a domain. People will love the service just the way it is. Right now, I'm really curious about Postwoman because of your support and love. Currently I need some time to figure out how much Postwoman can help my fellow devs. I would love to have a talk with you. I'm available on Twitter @liyasthomas.

I love open source. For more than 4 years I've been working on open source, while living off savings. I'm on PayPal now as my savings are slowly running out & I need your help to continue my efforts 💖

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Donald

I don't have Twitter anymore, but I went ahead and sent something via PayPal. My DMs here should be open, though.

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Liyas Thomas Author

Making a donation means a lot to me. Its because of guys like you, the world gets more smiles ✨💜

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🦄N B🛡

I don't have Twitter anymore

May I ask why?

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Khalid

Its very good ,
Its open source i think its mean any one from anywhere can access it and used, But I can't open the site without a VPN
I residents in Sudan

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Liyas Thomas Author • Edited

Oh! I wonder why would that happen! May be some domains are excluded from your country (.io)? If you see an error code, please let me know. A screenshot would've been great!

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Khalid • Edited

It stuck like this but when I open a VPN it'll open,
I think its from the hosting company

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Liyas Thomas Author

Let me look up to it

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Khalid

i tried it now on pc and this is what chrome showed me

"This site can’t be reachedpoatwoman.io’s server IP address could not be found.
Search Google for postwoman io
ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED"

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Liyas Thomas Author

postwoman.io
If the above link fails, use postwoman.web.app

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Khalid

This works ,
Thank you

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krazykhris875

Cool stuff! For me personally, I find the history gets a bit in the way at the moment.

A history tab, or even just placing it below the current request/response I think would help. Tabs to sort it by request type and sorting options could be cool, too.

I would be happy to contribute some dev work if I can help! :)

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Liyas Thomas Author

Love your suggestions. Contribute to make it better.

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Liyas Thomas Author • Edited

Fixed History section interfering ease of use. Moved history section below response section.

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Noah Ginsburg

Haven't looked at it yet, but in my experience curl is better than dealing with postman. Frickin snap installs, massive project. GUI is acceptable but not worth the costs. Almost always have some wonky behavior happen and need to revert to using the soap UI project that my teammates setup forever ago.

This project at least sounds lightweight(which API rest calls/builders should be), plus dark theme is always welcomed. Great idea, definitely need to check this out.

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Liyas Thomas Author

Glad you liked it 💜
Help me make it better by contributing to the project on GitHub

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Sandeep Balachandran

How about adding an import feature for existing requests on other clients? So that i can save my time from typing - a fellow kerala dev.

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Liyas Thomas Author • Edited

I'm a native Keralite. Thanks for your suggestion. Will look into it 💜

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Sandeep Balachandran

Ya . Nammal malayalikalitha sthalindo?

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Liyas Thomas Author

Pinalaa..!

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Tomi Mickelsson

For occasional use, a small chrome extension" Tabbed Postman - REST Client" works too:
chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/...

If you like to use the command line for quick testing, take a look of httpie.org

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Murali Nunna

What is this sorcery? :) This is pure awesome.

Keep up the good work!

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Liyas Thomas Author

I see my fellow 🦄 unicorn devs are happy, which makes me happie.