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Insomnia 3.0 – A simple and beautiful REST API client (insomnia.rest)
523 points by nwrk on Sept 5, 2016 | hide | past | favorite | 154 comments

Nice, one thing that gets me paying for https://paw.cloud is the ability to chain requests

ie. GET /things -> GET /things/{things.first.id} -> PUT /things/{things.first.id} -> DELETE /things/{things.first.id}

Postman can do that and a lot more as it has a proper scripting runtime. The runtime can be executed outside of Postman too so you are not tied to the GUI want to automate things (with build systems etc.). Chaining as a feature in itself is something we are working on along with speeding up workflows around variables (environments, globals etc.) [Postman founder here]

I guess it's a matter of choice, but we see Paw as a visual tool that makes it easy to setup a request (or a set of requests) to iterate quickly when developing an API or discovering a new one. Because of that, we try to keep actions intuitive and keep scripting as a last resort (JS scripts & extensions are available in Paw too, btw).

I know from experience as an iOS developer (then Python backend guy) that when working on a given project, our mind is already full of business logic. We don't want to add another level of complexity due to the tools we use. And we're writing enough code elsewhere to not want to write code in an app.

As of scripting used for "unit" testing, we have thought about it many time for Paw. And while we will do something somewhat related in the near future, it's a slippery slope. A robust API should have unit tests written with mocks and be part of the server code, not a few assertions made in a 3rd party app. We're quite biased here: many users want this feature, but we don't want to encourage bad practices (as it may be interpreted by some as "ok let's not write proper tests, there's Paw for that").

Anyway, that was to share my point of view as a Paw guy :)

A comment like this is precisely why I come to HN. This product looks amazing.

It is WELL worth the $50, or $9/month on a team subscription plan

Not saying it's necessarily easier or better, but I tend to end up doing such things in Bash with curl/wget and jq: https://stedolan.github.io/jq/

I had no idea you could chain requests in Paw! Thanks for sharing that useful tidbit.

Coming soon... ;)

I was looking into doing this today. Specifically, I needed to reference a particular property (a token in the JSON/XML content) in future requests. The docs discuss using the nunjucks templating engine, and nunjucks supports setting variables in the template. But there's no clear indication how I could set the environment variables using the response data (either manually, automatically, or using some hybrid by pre-defining buttons to set values).

I'll be interested to hear when you have some sort of chaining or environment variable setting in place.

Postman can do that too, albeit in a hacky way. https://www.getpostman.com/docs/chaining_requests

I just downloaded it to try it out and it seems you can't import any definitions other than a proprietary one, as far as I can tell. I was excited to use something other than postman, but we have WAY too endpoints to be writing it all manually instead of leveraging swagger. Maybe I'll check it out next version, I hate how the environment variables work in Postman.

Check out how our chaining and env vars work. We have Swagger import too. https://www.runscope.com/docs/api-testing

If you're trying to import Postman collections into Paw, that's easy https://paw.cloud/docs/migrate/postman (all requests, grouping, environment variables, etc. will be preserved). Once imported, you can even generate a Swagger https://paw.cloud/extensions/SwaggerGenerator

Since everybody's piling on their favorite alternatives, I have to mention HTTP Prompt [1]. It's obviously in another league than Insomnia and such, but I find that it strikes a sweet spot: much more convenient than curl or HTTPie, yet not a big mouse-driven GUI tool.

[1] https://github.com/eliangcs/http-prompt

Pretty cool, but I wonder why it doesn't preserve history by default between sessions.

Is there a way to make it do so?

Seems cool - I am going to download now and try it out.

Tip: I suggest removing the 'pricing' menu option on the top of the web site. I saw it immediately the first time I went to your site, and I assumed yours was a paid product, so I stopped there and closed the window. It was only when I went back later and scrolled through, I noticed the current version is free for now. Removing the 'Pricing' link may make other people stick around longer to take a look...

Conversely, pricing is one of the first things I look for (on the assumption that good tools cost money but provide value).

If you're always going to have a free version, great put that on the pricing page along with any premium options, but don't make me go hunting through your site to find what paid options you have.

Just to clarify my position - I run for profit web apps too, and have absolutely no objection to any developer putting a price on their products or services.

It is just that in this circumstance, I am already a happy user of the (free) Postman API testing app, and whenever I see anyone talk about a new API testing tool, I am keen to check it out. However, if the other product is a 'paid for' product, then it has to be VERY compelling indeed to make me switch from the free one I am already using.

For instance, I (and many others) think that Paw is worth the licence fee. It sounds a great product and is well worth the money. But for me, I didn't see any solid reason to switch to Paw from Postman unless I came across an absolutely killer feature that I could not live without.

In Insomnia's case, I was ready to dismiss it because I read about the simplicity of the interface, and I saw a 'Pricing' link on the web page. I immediately assumed it was a paid licence product, which meant that it immediately fell outside any compelling reason for me to even trial it.

Later, when I saw that it was an always free piece of software, it immediately went back on my radar as something I should check out as a possible replacement for Postman.

If it is as good as others say, then I do sincerely hope that the author finds some way to monetise it via some sort of Pro subscription etc. in the future.

My point is that the presence of a Pricing page (which I admit is one of the first things I look for when I visit any app or service page) could mislead people into thinking it is a strictly paid-for app, when in fact it is not.

I hate it when pricing is not a prominent link on a site's homepage and has to be found through a web search. It always look quite shady, like the enterprise software/services market where "call for pricing" is more common and always seems like an extortion is about to take place.

For consumer/small business related apps/services, if I don't see pricing linked or mentioned on the home page, I assume that it is quite expensive and that the developer/company believes the same too, thinking that people will balk on seeing the price and that they can somehow be convinced to sign up first (so they can be marketed to) and then pay what's demanded after reading the long list of features or other fluff they put up.

That's great feedback. The app is (and always will be) free so de-prioritizing the pricing page is probably a good idea :)

I'll add that when I see no Pricing page it causes me suspicion, what's the catch? how am I being dataminded? I'd at the least explain somewhere on the page how pricing works or how this is free and funded.

Yep. Developers need to earn money. If I don't see a pricing page I start to wonder about how they are making their money, and more importantly if they have a sustainable business model. I don't want to rely on a tool that then goes out of business.

Yes, developers need to earn money. I know, I'm one (like probably most users of this software). Sometimes developers release open source software, earn money with a different job and the project doesn't go out of business (because it's not a business). This is something I was used to explain in the 90's, I didn't expect to have to explain it again in 2016.

No back to "businesses". When I see a free version and a paid version, and I know the difference, I can decide whether I want to use the free version, pay for the paid version or use neither.

However when I see "everything free for now but paid version later, the difference between the 2 unclear", it worries me that there will be some bait-and-switch, and the free version will be gimped or will get ads.

> This is something I was used to explain in the 90's, I didn't expect to have to explain it again in 2016.

The world, the Internet, and in particular revenue models for software and services have changed significantly since the 90's.

If I land on some project's Github page I'm not going to be looking for pricing.

If I land on the marketing site for an app I'm going to assume it's a business and look for pricing first.

I remember the 90's too. You didn't have half the dark pattern/bait-and-switch/datamining revenue models that are commonly seen these days (and there are enough companies that have left users high and dry at the end of their "incredible journey" that app/business longevity is also a valid concern).

And so now, in 2016 I'm more cynical and one of the first things I want to know when I come across a potentially interesting app/product is how they plan to make money off me.

If it's all open source, great, say it up front. If it's free with various premium options, fine, say it up front. If it's subscription based service, no problem, say it up front.

Just don't hide the pricing page (or the open source branding) from the front of your site, which is the context in which I made my comment.

The catch is that it's free and open source? At least that's how I usually interpret it, even though Insomnia doesn't seem to be open source (disappointing).

No, but i think you should leave it there. Pricing should be upfront otherwise it creates suspicion and distrust.

It could be prominently mentioned as free on the homepage instead and avoid making users navigate pages to find information.

Not like "download free for <platform>" (as it is now on this site), but as "free to use, download for <platform>" or something similar.

So I decided to keep the pricing link but add "free" to the download button. I think that's a pretty good balance.

The "Free Download" thing has been done to death though. It almost always is a guarantee that we can DOWNLOAD the app for 'free' but will have to pay when we want to actually USE the app.

I think the best alternative is to put a callout in your header somewhere that says something like "Basic version of Insomnia is free forever". Then retain the Pricing page for people who may be curious about your 'Plus' version.

Ya, I thought about that but decided on the "free download" for now to get it out the door. Definitely agree though.

Wait, it is free???

Thanks for the comment! Downloading the app!

A lot of people here have been mentioning Postman but my personal go-to has been Advanced Rest Client [1]. It's open source, has Google Drive integration, and seems to have a pretty impressive development rate. For me, it's a definite plus that there isn't a paid tier so the developers don't have any incentive to limit the free product. That said, Insomnia looks like a nice contender and I look forward to giving it a shot. The reuse of variables across requests and the automatic generation of boilerplate request code both look like really nice features that ARC lacks!

[1] https://advancedrestclient.com/

Ya, ARC is a pretty good one! Have you heard how the developer is handling the announcement of the shutdown of Chrome apps in 2017? Curious if they'll hop on the Electron bandwagon too.

As an author of the ARC. I'm considering using electron and move to native apps and discontinuing Chrome integration. But right now I'm not focusing on it. At the end of last year when I started moving the old app to new packaged apps platform I already knew that some changes are necessary and I started to modularize the app into web components (using Polymer framework) to be able to relatively fast move to another platforms with minimal change in the code. So UI components are using web only features, app logic only javascript and non-chrome related APIs and finally Chrome related components that can be easily replaced by other platform's implementation. So eventually (this is ongoing task) I'll be able to move pretty much any web environment.

Yup, ARC is good and open source! This blogpost explains its update to Chrome 'packaged app' - https://restforchrome.blogspot.in/2016/04/new-advanced-rest-...

For me, it's a shame it's a chrome app, rather than a plain ol'd desktop app. Having to fire up chromium to run something this simple seems like an overkill.

Nice to see some competition for Postman. Even though Postman works quite well I never really liked it. Lot's of common actions are pretty tedious, like changing an environment variable and lot's of small annoyances like it automatically following redirects etc.

A while ago I took a stab at building my own Postman alternative, Pragma [1]. What I found was that getting the basic functionality going is obviously not that hard, but building a good and useful UI requires quite a bit of effort.


I cannot agree more on this :) The first time I saw Insomnia last year, I found it already very well designed. It had a smooth UX on most basic actions and, I have to say, a fun use of the ".rest" domain name!

I'm the founder of Paw https://paw.cloud and I can safely say that building a good UI is a lot of work. While Paw is built on native Cocoa/AppKit (OS X app framework), the challenges with web are different, but the amount of work is always here. Each custom control, tweak on the text fields and other sorts of custom behaviors are taking a lot of time to imagine, design and implement. But it's a lot of fun too!

Clearly Insomnia is one of these apps where by just landing on the website you know that it's made my someone who has a good taste and who pays attention to details. As of the app, most common Mac shortcuts are working. And the fact that you cannot open the Chrome console (Cmd+Shift+I) or select text outside of user inputs are a proof of a well polished product.

It's often hard to make a point about polished UIs because it's highly subjective and it's common to see people wanting to compare only "raw features" between two products.

I'm not a big fan of Electron apps, and Paw and Insomnia are somehow competing (one native, full-featured with extensions and dynamic values, team syncing…the other being a more lightweight version), but I must admit that Insomnia is nicely made! :)

> What I found was that getting the basic functionality going is obviously not that hard, but building a good and useful UI requires quite a bit of effort.

The hardest part for me is always a "good" UI, I can make it useful, but getting it to look good, smooth and feel pleasant is the biggest challenge.

Hi, is this a native (objective c / swift) OS X or just a web frame?

What are you main goals as far as being different from Paw, which is what I use and love thus far?

*edit: oh and congratulations on getting your app out there :)

Thanks for the question! Insomnia is an Electron app built with with a mix of React and Elm. As an independent developer wanting to reach all platforms, Electron was basically the only option for me. And, as a web developer, it's been a super productive development environment.

The goal for Insomnia is to build a REST client that's easy to learn and a joy to use. I looked into other REST clients before starting Insomnia and found them to be cluttered and complicated. Paw was my favourite, but I needed something cross-platform so was unable to use it.

> As an independent developer wanting to reach all platforms, Electron was basically the only option for me.

I'm not saying you made the wrong choice, but why do you say that, given the various options for cross-platform development (Qt, Mono, etc)?

I think he meant the only option as a web developer. Maybe he doesn't know C++ and C#, and it's not that easy with a web-oriented mindset to start writing desktop apps in C++ (it's not easy the other way either, I had a friend who after years of programming in Delphi started with the web by absolutely positioning every single HTML element).

When someone asks in which lang should he implement a webapp/SaaS/whatever, the first comment is to use the tech he knows the most. Why so much hate when the same principle is used for desktop app development?

Python with PySide (Qt) is always my cross-platform choice. Though I suppose if the OP is a web developer then Electron (JavaScript) would be easier to learn.

heh, yeah I think he meant that as in that's where his experience is. For me it would be 'As a ops engineer, I wouldn't generally host Javascript apps' to spin it around the other way you know?

As someone with macOS and now a linux machine, Insomnia will be a perfect replacement for Paw.


Personally my laptop needs to run two browsers an ide and a couple of other programs - as well as a local instance of what I'm working on. This leaves ram+cpu for 0.5 electron apps one runs but now my system is a slug... So I'll not be able to use this which is a shame.

Something like qt is just as cross platform without the performance penalty... So I am sad you took this choice :(

Yes! I've been using Insomnia since it was a Chrome extension and the new 3.0 release is an amazing upgrade. I strongly agree with the developer that tools like Postman are quite bloated and complex for normal development tasks. Insomnia is very lightweight and refreshing!

Sorry I am just going to shamelessly promote a similar CLI tool I wrote: https://github.com/manishtomar/crest. Help in https://github.com/manishtomar/crest/blob/master/usage.md. Please do try it out :)

Any plans to open source this? Considering that (a) it's cross-platform since day one, (b) it's an HTTP client for developers, and (c) it's apparently built with the JS ecosystem, seems like the kind of app that should be open source, and honestly I'm surprised to see no Github link.

I've been considering it. I want to wait until development settles down a bit, but open sourcing it definitely in the back of my mind.

I keep hoping one of these clients will add IPython/Jupyter style notebook specifically for REST calls.

I would love to produce a tutorial that has well formatted URLs with params, bodies, headers and pre-saved results that could also be rerun against local server.

I think you should be able to get pretty far by just writing Python code that uses the API; using requests that should be as readable as anything else?

Which brings me to: I just use Python snippets if I want to test a REST API quickly. What am I missing out of by not using these tools?

Yes and no.

If I am writing a tutorial using REST calls, wrapping them in Python syntax is less than effective as a presentation. It also requires Jupiter backend running, which could be a burden to host for a popular multi-user tutorial.

It is something that O'Reilly is experimenting right now with their interactive tutorials, but even for them, it is early days.

You can build this workflow using Postman Collections - chain calls + tests + other logic.

I do not see any feature in Insomnia that's not already in Postman. Am I missing something?

Edit: I do not mean to undermine the effort, just wondering if Postman users have any incentive to switch.

Great question. Insomnia is still pretty early, so the feature set is limited, but all the basics are there. Most users coming from Postman comment on the great UI/UX of Insomnia.

Agree, UI/UX does look more pronounced and simpler.

I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.

Interesting, I've been using paw for years and love it but i'm always on the lockout for new and better tools

Paw is really the way to go if you can swing the $50 entry fee. Extremely polished native app, with so many features.

As the creator of Insomnia, I'd love to hear any feedback or suggestion that you have. Insomnia is still in early stages, so anything helps :)

I wish paw team had "paw light" - free edition with limited set of features for folks who cannot afford $50

We have considered a Paw Light, if it were to come it would be a little diffrent from Paw. More focusing of throw away requests than building large projects. If we put work into it we would like it to still bring value to our Paying customers. But currently we have a lot on our plate to bring Paw to a feature complete state.

(matthaus, backend dev on https://paw.cloud)

Paying $9/month for a team subscription was easier for me to take

How is it compared to Postman?

I covered this a little bit in the comments below, but one of the reasons I created Insomnia was because I found other tools (including Postman) to be hard to learn and use. So, for me, the main advantage is having a clean and simple (but still powerful) interface. Insomnia also has a Linux desktop app, which makes it one of the only REST clients to support all three major platforms.

Insomnia is still in early stages, so if you have any feedback or suggestions I'd love to hear!

I've been using Postman/Newman for testing and really liking it overall. One thing I'd love to see in one of these apps is the ability to use web sockets in tests.

Great suggestion. Websocket support is definitely something I've been thinking about adding later on. I'd love to hear any suggestions you have on what a websocket testing workflow would look like.

I would be happy with very basic support. Just something that can save messages and connection urls. A nice JSON viewer/editor like you have already would be very helpful to me as well. The current options for websocket testing aren't that great.

Awesome, I'll keep that in mind.

+1 for WebSocket support

I'd like to see an API client that generates a API docs from a project / workspace.

Swagger UI seems to do a pretty decent job. The thing I like about swagger is you create one canonical description of your API and model and then generate postman collections, API docs, and client/server stubs all from the same source.

Swagger is now OpenAPI with backing from many major corporations. We use it to deploy APIs tailored to each customer, as we can adapt the view and still reuse controllers and models. Documented and maintained.

Plugging a competitor here, but I believe Postman has the ability to generate documentation.

And it can also generate program code for a lot of languages, curl or wget requests etc, and is has the interceptor plugin.. cant really be beaten at this time...

Postman has a tonne of features, but this also makes the UI more difficult to learn an use. This is one of the reasons I created Insomnia.

P.S. Insomnia also has code generation https://insomnia.rest/documentation/code-snippets/

http://apidocjs.com/ it creates a documentation from annotations within your code.

Have you tried Swagger?

Same here, it seems this is still a huge hassle.

Try stoplight.io

I use Google chrome + Postman (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/postman/fhbjgbifli... extension URL), this seems good but makes me wonder how much of a work it is for Postman to now run there app on electron.

Unfortunately, Postman's native apps don't handle NTLM authentication, which basically makes them unusable for me. Have to stick with the chrome extension for the time being.

Postman has native apps out for Win/Mac & Linux "soon" https://www.getpostman.com/apps

I find the visual design appealing, and at a cursory glance, the list of features decent. A few questions:

- Is there a way to override the cookies of a single request? Or do you have to edit the cookie jar and the corresponding cookies get auto-sent (ie. no override)

- For authorization, do you have built-in support for OAuth 2.0 access/refresh token flows? What about OAuth 1 ?

- Do you support HTTP/2?

Thanks for the compliment! Having good UI/UX was my first goal for Insomnia so I'm glad to see it's working.

- there is no way to override cookies per request yet, but that's good feedback :) - I'm working on OAuth support soon so keep an eye out for that - HTTP/2 support isn't in the works yet, but is on the roadmap

Thanks for the comment!

OAuth is on my requirements list as well. Especially OAuth2 - client_credentials

I found this https://github.com/S2-/http-client open source client quite good. It uses chrome in the background to make the requests (you can see it by hitting f12), so proxy settings and all the other stuff works fine.

We've been using Postman https://www.getpostman.com/, and it's been working great for our team. The sync and export features are killer. But I like the dark theme and the vertical split in Insomnia, will give it a try.

Sync is coming for Insomnia in the next few weeks so stay tuned for that. Also, be sure to reach out and let me know what you think could be improved :)

The main problems I have with Postman is the fact it doesn't have a file backing it (like Paw does), so if you want to use it for e.g. documentation or a client for your API, you have to manually import / export it. I'm sure that's to promote getting the team license, but still.

And its UX is not great, particularly when it comes to switching between tabs, closing them, saving requests, etc.

Perhaps a stupid question, but why not just use something like NodeJS to test your REST APIs? To me this seems more flexible, and more powerful, and simpler to manage (because the scripts are just files on your local computer). And by writing a handful of library routines you can make it even more smooth.

Congratulations on making something great.

Thanks you! Let me know if there is anything I can do to make it even better :)

Insomnia seems to be stuck in an "Install update" loop. Each time it opens I get prompted to update and restart. I update and restart and then get updated again. The cycle continues.

I'm uninstalling and re-downloading it but just wanted to let you know.

Tried out the Chrome plugin when RESTClient stopped working in Firefox. It stuck, and now I believe all of my small team uses it. I've been on the stand-alone version since release.

I use it for testing, but also more as a diagnostics/control panel for a software suite that we expose via a growing HTTPS API - saving the requests and payloads makes this easy.

One thing I miss from RESTClient is the formatting. We have a small JSON DSL that we exchange data with, so those strings have to be escaped going up, and of course they come back with all the escapes. In RESTClient, you could view the response "formatted", which would un-escape those strings. This made for easy copy and manipulation.

I'm a bit confused. Installing this on archlinux from the AUR I get version 3.3.1; however the post itself seems to be for 3.0beta (judging from the announcement halfway down the page). Which is the actual current version?

Version 3.3.1 is the latest release. The "3.0" in the post is just used to differentiate it from the existing Chrome-based application (1.0 - 2.0)

I would love to see a general purpose API client that works similar to the Elasticsearch client Sense [0]. A simple, free-text scratchpad style client that allows for easy editing and firing of requests. Maybe it's hard to support all the advanced functionality this way, but I find Sense absolutely invaluable when working with Elasticsearch and would love to use it on other API.

[0]: https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/sense/current/introduction.h...

I really love the UI! I'd find it useful to have a pause/disable button before params and headers, not near the delete button though, it would be too easy to accidentally click in the wrong place.

I'm hoping that one of these products (I use Paw at the moment) will eventually add support for GraphQL servers, so that I can switch from using GraphiQL to something a little more pretty and powerful.

This seems great. I used Postman for a while but I never got along with the UI, found it poorly structured and cluttered. While this is obviously still very young, it shows a lot of promise.

Using environment variables in headers or request params was a bit disappointing though. The UI keeps replacing the reference with a copy of the current value when input field is moved out of view. Is this the intended behavior?

Hmm, that is a bug. Let me fix it :)

I've been using http://mmattozzi.github.io/cocoa-rest-client for a couple of years, I just tried Insomnia and I think I'll be switching: having the ability to call frequently used API requests without having to re-enter JSON data will be very useful. Nice app, thanks gschier.

I've just replaced Postman with this. The UI seems much cleaner. The fact that I can run this as a command, instead of relying on an opened instance of Chrome, makes it very convenient for me. Also, it has a much better startup time. I don't miss any Postman feature, I only make quite basic POST and GET requests, and I suspect I'm not the only one. Great project!

It's nowhere near the features and look of Insomnia but a pet project that I work on my spare time it's http://github.com/jsargiot/restman. The initial need was because Opera didn't had an extension of such kind.

If anyone is reading this, being able to write consumer tests would be wicked! The overwhelming majority of bugs I have to squash are because the API deviates form the contract either in my mock implementation or in the back enders implementation.

A frictionless way to write tests on the fly would really speed up spotting these deviations.

I just installed and ran a request, seems the response xml format was not available as nicely formatted. I just saw a junk of xml as result. Is there any configuration available for the auto formatting with indents for the sub-elements. I believe postman does it by itself.

Adding formatting for response types other than JSON is on the list of things to do :)

Thanks for the response, I cannot pitch-in with my team unless they see this formatting, that too testing team will abject to the core :(


This is lovely. I wish I knew about it earlier so I could ask IT to install it on our lab machines for students to use when i teach web concepts. The Postman plugin is nice but I had trouble working with it on my own, and sometimes it's nice to have a separate app.

What kind of problems did you face with Postman?

I've been using Insomnia since the beginning and I really appreciate how receptive gschier is to feedback and how the support side of things are handled.

I'd love to hear what you're planning on working on next and how you plan to monetize (if you're going to) :)

Insomnia is still in the early stages, so talking to users is something I spend a lot of time and effort on. It's the only way to make a good product :)

My current plan for monetization is to add multi-device sync (almost ready for beta) then team collaboration features shortly after. There are also some advanced features left to implement like OAuth support, scripting (settings environment variables from response data), and a few others.

Thanks for the comment!

Are there any plans to support importing postman collections or something like Swagger?

Hi, I definitely like the UI/UX of this over ARC. I haven't used Paw or Postman.

It sounds like you're taking suggestions so my only one would be configurations that make working with OAuth simpler like OAuth signature generation.

Great work!

I'll make a note of that, thanks!

Already downloaded. Wondering this has file upload feature

Not at this time, but it's something I want to add.

I'm not sure how important this is to you, but on the iPhone 6s the word "blog" is cutoff at the top of the website when in portrait mode

Thanks, fixed :)

Looks really good! Are there any plans for custom authentication or pre-request hooks? Asking because for my API I need to be able to sign requests.

Thanks! No plans for custom auth in the short term, but I've been thinking about implementing a scripting layer which should make things like custom auth possible (although maybe not that enjoyable).

A small nitpick: The generated Go code omits error handling and doesn't escape quotation marks when adding a header value containing a space.

Interesting - the pricing page is not done.

I think developers have a tendency to prioritize things like pricing below the technical features.

Insomnia is still in early stages so the paid plans aren't entirely worked out yet. The goal with the pricing page was to put something up early to gauge interest.

I wrote a bit more about pricing in a past comment if you're curious https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=12433260

The Windows installer is 60MB and it's 64-bit-only? It has a nice fancy GUI and all, but am I the only one thinking that's just a tiny bit... excessive? Especially when it claims to be "A simple and beautiful REST API client". The Mac OS and Linux versions are a bit smaller, but still not quite what I consider "simple".

Also, did anyone else instinctively try decoding that Authorization header in one of the screenshots? :-)

It's based on the Electron framework (http://electron.atom.io/) so the installer contains an entire copy of the Chromium browser. I agree that it's large, but it's basically the only option for an indie developer to write a cross-platform app. Also, 32 bit support is possible, but is a bit of work and demand hasn't been high enough to spend time on it.

P.S. All the data in the screenshots is fake :P

When I think "cross-platform app", I think of Java. Maybe I'm getting old...

P.S. All the data in the screenshots is fake :P

I've seen a few instances where the data would decode to something like "if you can read this, we're hiring".

SoapUI is a cross-platform Java REST/SOAP, etc testing tool.

Was originally open-source, there is now a paid version but an OSS version is still available.


haha :D

> I agree that it's large, but it's basically the only option for an indie developer to write a cross-platform app.

What ever happened to Qt, WxWidgets and the like?

It's still manual testing, I pretty much stopped using those and just write test files for REST testing.

that url is going to be disappointing for people looking for help with insomnia

Is it possible to import my Postman collections ?

i do need this, i've a collection of 100+ calls and i would like to import it without the need of rewriting everything

What a name. Almost misread it for jsonmia. :)

Looks great and works as expected. Cheers

Glad you like it! :D

Executionable which won't run on my machine (Fedora) and not open source, guess I will be staying with Advance Rest Client then.

Hi there. Could you reach out to support@insomnia.rest with details? I'd love to help get this running for you. The linux build uses http://appimage.org/ which should support Fedora out of the box.

Hi there. Can you try downloading the latest version again. Apparently the last release was corrupted for an unknown reason. I uploaded a new one though :)

Good job, very nice UI!

I've used Insomnia in the past when I was evaluating various REST clients. At the time I was using mainly Burp and sometimes Postman. I did not stick to it mainly because I could not find some features that I needed for my work. From what I can see on the website, the new update is around the client apps built specifically for Mac, Windows and Linux, which in my mind is a welcome addition.

That being said, I will definitely have a look to see what is new.

Since everyone is putting their favorite REST client - here is my own (disclosure I am the author). I've built it to fit my own needs and combine essential features from other clients which I find useful. I looked mainly at Burp, Postman and of course Paw for inspiration.

The tool is available at the Chrome App Store here:


You can also access it directly from here:


It is a work in progress but it has some features I am yet to see in other web-based REST clients, such as:

* Dynamic fields and variables that are re-computed on the fly. * Built-in text transforms that allow me to recompute a value in its original form. * Support for constructing multi-part requests with data and files easily. * The ability to modify file names and file types in multi-part requests. * Handle all headers (even those which are marked private in the Chrome and Firefox APIs). * Works in both Chrome and Firefox - on problem. * Locally cached for offline use. * All requests originate from your own machine - the tool runs locally. * Pretty-print everything including JavaScript, CSS, XML, HTML and many more. * Pretty-print any type of form and request payload. * Automatic code generator.

The reason it is a work in progress is because the current online version is at leas 3 versions behind from the libraries we use internally. We have scheduled some work to bring it up to date and we will be adding local storage and remote storage support very soon.

The tool is 100% free and it is part of our new tool stack at secapps.com. I need to say that we are revamping our current business model so that we can provide all of the tools free of charge to the larger community. These changes are not reflected on the site yet but I will as soon as the new stack is completed.

And if you are interested in these kind of stuff, here are a few more tools also free of charge:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/httpview2/nnkpnmkd... https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/encoder2/hlmjgnklm... https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/unfold2/lmgdfkfedk...

Apologies for intruding into this post but I thought there is a good opportunity to suggest some alternatives as I've seen other people do.

Insomnia is still great though and I am sure some people will prefer its looks over other clients.

Thats an instant download

Your app is a web view running inside a copy of Chrome.

That is not a "native" app.

Is this a general objection to apps being web views run inside of Chrome? Insomnia's website does not make any claims towards being native.

> Insomnia's website does not make any claims towards being native.

From https://insomnia.rest/pricing/

"Native app for Mac, Windows, Linux"

I agree with the word "native" not suiting Electron apps well. I Updated the pricing page wording to reflect this. I think I originally used "native" because the Electron landing page does http://electron.atom.io/

Thank you. As I've said previously I don't have any issue with the term 'desktop app' for things like this, so I think this was the right choice.

Good luck with it!

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