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Postman (Chrome app)

Created: 2016-04-15 23:11:34 -0700 Modified: 2023-12-05 07:06:24 -0800

Note: I used Postman back in the late 2010s, but as of 2023, some people seem displeased with Postman and switched to

I highly suggest putting your entire application into a single “folder” since you can only export one folder at a time. Originally, I had Bot Land split into Account Server, Game Server, Matchmaker, etc., but then when I went to export them, I needed to manage ~5 JSON files.

You can set cookies by clicking “Cookies” at the upper right. If setting them for localhost, then make sure you just type it as “localhost”. Cookies aren’t affected by ports, but adding a port there will cause you to be unable to add key/value pairs.

Right from the beginning of using Postman, you should start using environments for things like host names, ports, and common passwords or parameters.

  • Click the environments section at the upper right and go to “Manage Environments”
  • Click “add” to create one
    • I made a “dev” environment and a “prod” environment
  • Adding variables is straightforward; they’re key-value pairs

Just replace text with “{{variable}}” (with no quotation marks), e.g.

This can go anywhere, e.g. in body params.

Turning off the “hover to see all of your passwords” feature

Section titled Turning off the “hover to see all of your passwords” feature

2:50 foxer90: @Adam13531 In Postman settings, under the General tab, you can turn off the “Variable autocomplete”

Automatically setting environment variables
Section titled Automatically setting environment variables

Click the “Tests” tab of an API to get a code editor, then you can add something like this:

var jsonData = JSON.parse(responseBody);
postman.setEnvironmentVariable("account1Token", jsonData.token);

Apparently you need to do this for individual collections, so just right-click each folder of collections and go to “Export”. I also suggest downloading your environments by clicking the gear at the upper right and then clicking the “download” button for each environment. These VERY LIKELY contain sensitive data.

This is something I only need to do because I stream on Twitch and I don’t want my OAuth tokens showing up. Because Postman is a Chrome app, you need to press ctrl+shift+delete in Chrome and then choose this option:

I’m not positive if that’s all you need to do though. I know for SURE that deleting the app folder will work: C:Usersagd13 _000AppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser DataDefaultStorageextfhbjgbiflinjbdggehcddcbncdddomop

You should export your settings out before doing that though. Then, after reimporting, you’ll get autocomplete back for anything in your collections.


Construct a query like you normally would. Under “body”, select the “raw” radio button and then choose “JSON (application/json)” from the dropdown. Then, copy/paste in valid JSON (using double quotes).

When using a variable, just put them in double curly braces like this (no quotation marks):


“key”: {{steamWebApiPublisherKey}}



Each API that you write has a “Tests” section as a tab underneath the URL. For example, I could write a test like this:

tests[“Body matches string”] = responseBody.has(“Could not log in. Perhaps your username or password is wrong.”);

After writing a test, click “Runner” at the upper left. Choose your APIs, make sure to set your environment, and then run the tests. If you see “0 passed, 0 failed”, then it means that you haven’t written any tests for your APIs.

qwerpe: you can do some really cool stuff in that Test window in Postman, at work for example, I have a request that gets a sessionKey back, then I can save that to my environment in postman and reuse it by binding it to {{sessionKey}} etc

nDoorn93: @Adam13531 The test to set the token to your environment should look something like this:

var jsonData = JSON.parse(responseBody);

postman.setEnvironmentVariable(“tokenNameHere”, jsonData.token);

The UI isn’t showing the section with parameters/response code

Section titled The UI isn’t showing the section with parameters/response code

If the UI looks like this:

Then scroll up.