Postman, an API development environment provider, has announced the launch of the Postman API Network, a list of public APIs. The list is derived from the API descriptions publishers have provided via Postman Collections. This network of APIs helps developers find and use APIs for building web and mobile applications.
Developers can find APIs using the Postman API Network and then try out the APIs using the free Postman app. Among the API Network categories are communications, e-commerce, financial services, payment services, retail, social media, and travel.
Each API listed in the network is an in-depth Postman Collection that was created by the API publisher themselves. A Postman Collection is a group of individual API calls accompanied by detailed descriptions, documentation, test scripts, and mocks that work specifically with that API. Collections can be accessed, downloaded, and executed within the Postman app. API providers can share Postman Collections by providing a link or embedding the Run in Postman button on a web page. The Run in Postman button initiates the download of a Postman Collection automatically when the button is clicked.
"We are thrilled to launch the API Network for our community," said Abhinav Asthana, CEO and co-founder of Postman, in a prepared statement. "Every listing is functional, executable code that helps developers to not only find an API, but start working with it immediately. The network provides everything a developer would need to know about the APIs they want to work with."