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๐Ÿ•ต๏ธย Looking at the top 5 FREE Alternatives to Postman ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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This week, we're diving into the best free alternatives to POSTMAN that are perfect for open-source enthusiasts!

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As many of you may already know, Postman is a popular platform for API development, and it offers a suite of tools that allow developers to design, test, and manage APIs.

It is a fundamental part of any developer's toolbox as it streamlines collaboration and simplifies each step of building an API, from initial design to final production. ๐Ÿ—๏ธ

Exploring alternatives to Postman is an interesting theme, as other platforms provide tailored user experiences based on varying use cases. Lastly, the below tools are open-source and are completely free to use! โค๏ธ

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[1] Hoppscotch

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Hoppscotch has become a well-known option in this space. On top of being entirely free, it provides a very comprehensive suite of tools for API development and testing. Its real-time request and response interface allows for efficient debugging and development. Hoppscotch provides various protocols like WebSocket, GraphQL, and MQTT, expanding the testing capabilities beyond traditional REST API calls. ๐Ÿ’ช

Hoppscotch is also a lightweight PWA (Progressive Web App), which ensures that it's easily accessible and doesn't strain system resources (this is essential if you are working with multiple tools and applications).

About Hoppscotch:

  • Comprehensive Protocols Support: Includes WebSocket, Server-Sent Events, Socket.IO, MQTT, and GraphQL.
  • Advanced Authentication: Supports authentication methods like Basic Auth, Bearer Token, and OAuth 2.0.
  • Team Collaboration Tools: Shared collections, workspaces, and role-based access control for team projects.
  • Customizable UI: Theming options with a Zen mode for a personalised and focused interface.
  • PWA with Offline Support: Functions as a Progressive Web App that works offline and across devices.

I recently spoke to @liyasthomas, the founder of Hoppscotch. He mentioned that Hoppscotch was initially a fun side project where he built an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) in 2 hours! ๐Ÿคฏ

He sent me the original code for Hoppscotch, which you can check out here.

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[2] Firecamp

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Firecamp simplifies API development with its developer-centric platform, enabling seamless design, testing, documentation, and collaboration on API projects. It has a sleek and intuitive interface and provides tools that optimize the API workflow.

About Firecamp:

  • Efficient Design: It's crafted for optimal performance.
  • Multiprotocol Support: Accommodates testing capabilities with Rest, GraphQL, Websocket, and SocketIO APIs.
  • Smooth UX: Offers a refined experience for developers.
  • Team Collaboration: Enhances productivity with shared workspaces.
  • Open Source: You can modify and contribute to the project.

If you enjoy using this tool (or have feedback!), you can connect with Firecamp's co-founder @shreya_gr ๐Ÿš€

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[3] HTTPie

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Pronounced aitch-tee-tee-pie ๐Ÿ˜„, HTTPie started with a terminal version! The CLI version made web services as human-friendly as possible. All that user-friendliness of the Terminal version has now been wrapped up in a sleek graphical interface.

An interesting thing about the project is that they had 54k GitHub stars, but one day, they accidentally made the repo private, which led them to lose all of them.๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ˜ญ

Make sure to give them a star so they can get back up to where they were!

About HTTPie:

  • Smooth API Interaction: Easily interact with APIs and test REST, GraphQL, and HTTP APIs.
  • Organized Workspaces: Sort tasks into spaces, collections, and tabs.
  • Customizable Requests: Modify requests with variables for flexibility.
  • Sync Across Devices: Work seamlessly with autosave and sync features.
  • Build & Preview Requests: Prepare and preview requests before sending.
  • AI-Enhanced Work: Boost your tasks with AI-powered tools.

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[4] Yaade

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Yaade stands for the funny name of Yet Another API Development Environment ๐Ÿ˜. Yaade offers a secure, self-hosted API testing environment focused on handling sensitive data. Its multi-user capability with customisable permissions is made to work well for teamwork.

The ability to execute requests to both local and remote servers adds some flexibility. Its data import/export process is designed to ensure easy setup and migration. Finally, it has a default dark mode UI, which is always pretty neat for any devs (unless you like pain and enjoy white backgrounds lol).

About Yaade:

  • Self-Hosted: Ensures data privacy by keeping all information on your own server.
  • Multi-User Support: Allows user and permission management within the team.
  • Data Persistence: Maintains data consistency even after server or container restarts.
  • Easy Data Transfer: Facilitates single-file data import/export for convenient migration.
  • Local & Remote Execution: Executes requests on the user's machine, allowing access to both localhost and remote servers.
  • User Interface: Comes with a default dark mode for a comfortable development environment. ๐Ÿ‘€

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[5] Insomnium

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Insomnium is a privacy-focused API client that values local and secure testing environments. Born from a fork of Kong/Insomnia, it removes the need for account logins and external server communications.

They are currently working on an integration with CodeLlama to help build automated front-end code generation - that's pretty cool IMO. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

About Insomnium:

  • Comprehensive Protocol Support: Tests GraphQL, REST, WebSockets, Server-Sent Events, and gRPC.
  • 100% Offline Functionality: Works entirely offline for local testing.
  • Privacy-Centric: No tracking or communication with external servers.
  • Local LLM Integration: Upcoming feature for front-end code generation with CodeLlama based on API responses.

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Nevo David

I like firecamp ๐Ÿ˜ป

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abhi

:)

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Bap

๐Ÿ’ช

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Shreya

Nevo thanks for shoutout for Firecamp :)

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Pxlmastr

I would also recommend Thunder Client for VSCode, but great recommendations anyway!

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Christophe Avonture

Thunder Client is great, the developer answer to questions, feature requests and bugs so fast. It's really wow amazing to use vscode for both testing the api ad coding. Using break points has a plus since you remains in the same software.

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Liyas Thomas

Thanks for mentioning Hoppscotch ๐Ÿ’œ

GitHub logo hoppscotch / hoppscotch

๐Ÿ‘ฝ Open source API development ecosystem - https://hoppscotch.io

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Bap

Of course! ๐Ÿ’š

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Nathan Tarbert

Thanks for the list, I'm really liking Firecamp :)

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Bap

Same :)

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Shreya

Yo @nathan_tarbert :) Thank you very much for shoutout.

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Nathan Tarbert

You're welcome @shreya_gr!

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Nico Alani -โœจ๐Ÿ›ธโ˜„๏ธ

I want to add Bruno I have been using it for a bit, and it is so simple and minimalistic. Some other advantages include:

  • Stores your collections directly in a folder.
  • Uses a plain text markup language called Bru (.bru).
  • Offline-only.
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Bap

Bruno is great as well! I believe it does have a paid option past a certain point correct? Really like their design as well. Thanks for the comment!

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Saurabh Rai • Edited

This is a fantastic list, and you've mentioned some handy tools.
Thank you @fernandezbaptiste ๐ŸŒบ

Which one of the tools you use the most? I've used Firecamp ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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Shreya

@srbhr thanks for using Firecamp :)

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abhi

Very informative and useful piece. :)

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Bap

Thanks Abhi :D

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Shreya

@fernandezbaptiste Thanks for mentioning Firecamp ๐Ÿงก

GitHub logo firecamp-dev / firecamp

Developer-first OpenSource API DevTool, Postman/Insomnia alternative.

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Firecamp

dx-first open-source API devtool

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๐Ÿšง We're currently working on the desktop application which can be found on the feat/62-desktop branch.

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Firecamp

Firecamp is a dx-first API development platform that helps developers design, develop, test, and document their APIs effortlessly. With a user-friendly interface and a range of powerful features, it streamlines the API development workflow and enhances collaboration among team members.

  • ๐ŸŒˆ best-in-class developer experience inspired by vscode dx.
  • ๐Ÿ“ก multi-protocol testing capabilities with Rest, GraphQL, Websocket, and SocketIO APIs.
  • ๐Ÿ‘ collaborate on API collections across the workspace and team
  • โ›บ build APIs faster without switching between tools and apps. documentation, cli, ci/cd under one roof

๐Ÿ‘‰ live at firecamp.dev

๐Ÿš€ Getting started with Firecamp

To get started with Firecamp, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to Firecamp at firecamp.dev
  2. Follow the Getting Started guide from the documentation.
  3. Start developing, and testing your APIs using Firecamp.

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