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Table of contents
1.
Introduction 
2.
Overview of JMeter
3.
Overview of Postman
4.
Difference Between JMeter and Postman
4.1.
Platforms Supported
4.2.
Ease of Deployment 
4.3.
Features
4.4.
Drawbacks
4.5.
Pricing
4.6.
Service and Support
4.7.
Alternatives
4.8.
Miscellaneous
5.
Frequently Asked Questions
5.1.
What is JMeter?
5.2.
What is Postman?
5.3.
Which is a better choice, JMeter or postman?
5.4.
What are some alternatives to postman?
5.5.
What are some features of JMeter?
6.
Conclusion
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What is the difference between JMeter and Postman?

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Introduction 

How many of you like cooking? 

Or maybe at least tried a hand at making a new dish?

If you have, you know that there are a lot of steps involved in cooking, like gathering ingredients, getting them ready, making the final dish, and, finally, garnishing. But then, once the dish is prepared, what if it doesn’t have enough salt or tastes bland?

To avoid this problem, we have a step called tasting. We ask a few other people who’ll be having the meal to taste the food. This ensures that all the spices have been added in the right amount. 

Similarly, many steps must be carried out while developing an application. Out of these, an important one is testing which checks the overall performance of an application. 

As food taste can vary due to different factors, testing can be of various types. API testing is one such type. 

Next, we come to who will be tasting the dish for us. Analogous to this, there are different testing tools. 

Here, just as one person may like their food spicy while another may not mind less salty dishes, different factors are used to determine which testing tool to use. 

Based on such factors, there are two different API testing tools - JMeter and postman.

In this article, we’ll learn the difference between JMeter and postman.

Overview of JMeter

Before we learn the difference between JMeter and postman, we should have a quick recap of what JMeter and postman are. 

Let’s see a quick overview of JMeter first.

To begin with, JMeter is a Java application developed by Stefano Mazzocchi. It is open source and was first introduced to test web applications. Later on, its use expanded to other functions. 

At present, it is used to load test functional behavior, measure performance on static and dynamic resources, and for database server tests. 

Now that we have a clear idea of JMeter let’s brush up on postman.

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Overview of Postman

Just like JMeter, postman is also an API testing tool, with a slight difference. Postman is not only used for testing but also for building and using APIs. It simplifies the steps in the API lifecycle and streamlines collaboration. This facilitates the faster creation of better APIs. 

Postman can make HTTP requests like GET, POST, PUT, and PATCH. It can save environments for later use. Furthermore, postman can convert API code to different languages like JavaScript and Python. 

For more information on postman, you may go through an article on the introduction to postman

Now that we know what JMeter and postman are, let’s see their differences.

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Difference Between JMeter and Postman

To understand the difference between Jmeter and postman, let us divide it into different points. 

The different points have been elaborated on in the following sections. 
 

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Platforms Supported

JMeter

Postman

  • Windows
  • Windows
  • Mac
  • SaaS

Ease of Deployment 

Both JMeter and postman are easy to deploy when it comes to ease of deployment. Their initial setup is straightforward.

Features

JMeter and postman provide different features providing stability and flexibility. 

To summarize, some valuable features of JMeter and postman are:

JMeter

Postman

  • Excellent performance
  • Recording and playback
  • Scripting
  • Report generation
  • Integration with CI/CD
  • Customization
  • ThreadGroup
  • Analysis tools
  • Good automation facilities
  • Easy to use and manage
  • Good reporting features
  • Lightweight
  • Fast
  • Good scalability
  • Features to create and share collections in a team
  • Good UI
  • Availability of different workspaces
  • Utility scripts

Drawbacks

Besides valuable features, both JMeter and postman can improve in certain areas. Some suggestions for improvements are

JMeter

Postman

  • Better Graphic User Interface (GUI)
  • Generation of less heavy reports
  • Simplifying automation
  • Improved authentication for API testing
  • Enhanced scalability
  • User-friendly features
  • Automating username and password entries
  • Integrating with the database
  • Providing a graphic interface for performance testing and better request encryption

Pricing

Since both Apache JMeter and postman are open sources, they are free. However, a paid plan in postman costs $12 per month for a single user. There is a free trial available for this paid version.

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Service and Support

Both JMeter and postman have no direct service line for support. 

Nevertheless, being open source there is abundant community support. Online resources to solve most issues are also plenty. 

Alternatives

JMeter and postman have alternatives for both of them that provide similar features. Let’s see what they are.

JMeter

Postman

  • Apica
  • BlazeMeter
  • Gatling Enterprise
  • TAST
  • ZAPTEST
  • Apiary
  • Apigee
  • Assertible
  • Xano
  • DreamFactory

Miscellaneous

 

JMeter

Postman

Audience

Developers

Organizations

 

Training

None

Documentation

Webinars

In Person

 

Categories

API Testing

Functional Testing

Load Testing

Software Testing

API Testing

API Design

API Management

 

Integrations

LoadView

Test Modeller

Enov8

Frugal Testing

LoadView

Test Modeller

AIMS360

API Matic

BigPanda

Flotiq

GitLab

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With this, we have finished learning the difference between JMeter and postman.

From this analysis, we can see that postman will be a better choice of application. It provides good features, flexibility, and stability ratings, with fewer shortcomings.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is JMeter?

JMeter is an open-source Java application used for testing purposes. 

What is Postman?

Postman is a tool used to create, use and test APIs. It builds better APIs faster.

Which is a better choice, JMeter or postman?

Postman is a better choice since it provides good features, flexibility, and stability ratings, with fewer shortcomings.

What are some alternatives to postman?

Some alternatives to postman are Apiary, Apigee, Assertible, Xano, and DreamFactory.

What are some features of JMeter?

Some features of JMeter are good performance, recording and playback, scripting, report generation, integration with CI/CD, customization, ThreadGroup, and analysis tools.

Conclusion

In this article, we saw the difference between JMeter and postman. From that, we got an idea of which is a better choice. Apart from that, all the different features and properties of both JMeter and postman make them great applications, so they can be used for various purposes, as and when required. But, this article only focused on two specific API testing tools.

Apart from JMeter and postman, there are other API tools too. To name some,

So, our next step would be to learn about them. 

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