Postman is a developer of a collaboration platform designed to offer an application program interface. The company's platform creates and sends HTTP requests, creates collections and folders to group requests logically, saves requests, switches contexts and customizes with scripts to simplify collaboration across teams and organizations. Postman was founded in 2014 in Bangalore, where it retains an office. The company's headquarters were later moved to San Francisco.
The Postman platform is used for building and using APIs and helps simplify each step in the API lifecycle to streamline collaboration for creating faster APIs. Postman offers the company's platform for different levels of build, for a range from small teams to large enterprises.
The platform includes various API tools to help accelerate the API development lifecycle, including the design, testing, documentation, and mock-ups. The company also offers an API repository where users can store, iterate, and collaborate around API artifacts in a central platform and for remote teams.
Similar to remote teams, Postman's platform offers users workspaces in order to organize API work and collaborate across an organization or developers regardless of their location. And the platform offers features such as search, notifications, alerts, security warnings, and reporting in order to improve development operations.
Postman's platform offers a web and desktop client to explore and test developed APIs; the company also offers an API to access a developing API and related data. The desktop client and web client allow users to organize the workflow around an API. While the CLI offers interaction with Postman's development platform through Newman, a command-line collection runner. Postman also offers an API through which users can access data on the platform.
Furthermore, users can search Postman's API directory to develop new APIs and integrations with existing APIs. Postman also offers, for the integrations, pre-built connectors to offer users faster builds with those APIs integrated. The platform offers a secure and governed testing and deployment environment. Some of the controls include single sign-on for user authentication, user-based access controls, dedicated IP addresses, and audit logs to help review user activities.
With user and access permissions, Postman's platform offers teams that can be set up with specific roles and access and can use the platform's workspace to share and collaborate work on APIs. This includes posting and sharing comments on collections and requests and managing and tracking multiple versions of APIs and the relevant version histories.
For lifecycle services, Postman's platform can help companies manage the end-to-end API life, from design and testing to deployment, maintenance, and deprecation. This includes several virtual servers to simulate APIs in mock-ups, generation and shared documentation from an API, a place to write test scripts to ensure APIs work as expected, automatically stored history of API requests, and programs to monitor the health and performance of an API.
Customers who have used the Postman platform to develop different APIs include Twitter, Momentive, UiPath, Paylocity, Box, Ping Identity, Radio-Canada, VideoAmp, VTEX, Shopify, Beck's Hybrids, Goibibo, iQmetrix, Quotient, ShipEngine, DevNet, AMC Theatres, BetterCloud, BigCommerce, Envestnet Yodlee, Gear4music, Giant Machines, Intuit, Imgur, Kloudless, Monetary, and Movember.
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