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API Testing – A Google Postman Tutorial

So you have an interest in using Postman as your API Testing tool?

Awesome! But before we begin, please be sure to read my blog on Postman found here. 

Let’s get started! First, navigate to my tutorials github repository and download the project.

Here is a very basic Postman tutorial for testing and training purposes. This repository contains the following files: The Postman Collection(PostmanTutorial.postman_collection), The Data File( postman.data.json), and this ReadMe file.

Requirements:

Instructions:

  1. Download/Clone this repository.
  2. In a new Terminal window, navigate to your newly downloaded/cloned postman-tutorial project.

Running the Collection:

  1. In a new Terminal Window, Navigate to the folder containing the PostmanTutorial.postman_collection and the postman.data.json files. (cd into the project directory).
  2. Run $newman run PostmanTutorial.postman_collection --insecure -d postman.data.json

Editing the Data Tested:

  1. Open the postman.data.json file in your preffered IDE, notepad or terminal window.
  2. Make edits, save, and ReRun the collection.

Editing Tests:

  1. Open Postman
  2. Once Postman is open, On the Top Navigation Bar, click Import
  3. Import the PostmanTutorial.postman_collection file.
  4. Navigate to your newly imported PostmanTutorial collection in Postman.
  5. Click Tests to view the Tests for the collection.
  6. Click Save to save your changes.
  7. Hover over your Postman Collection name and click the three dots ()
  8. Cick Export
  9. Select the Collection v2 option and click Export
  10. Save to the same folder location and overwrite PostmanTutorial.postman_collection.
  11. Run your Collection.

Generating Run Reports:

  1. Install newman html reporter by doing a $npm install -g newman-reporter-html in a terminal window.

Usage:

In order to enable this reporter, specify html in Newman’s -r or --reporters option.

  • Example: $newman run PostmanTutorial.postman_collection --insecure -d postman.data.json -r html
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