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Online API Mocking Tools Comparison: Postman vs Apidog

API Mock is a commonly used feature for developers when building APIs. Both Postman and Apidog support API Mock. Let's take a look at the differences in functionality between these two products.

API Mock is a commonly used feature by developers when building APIs. In the early stages of software development, the backend API interfaces may not have been implemented or may not have been fully implemented. In such cases, Mock API can simulate the behavior of the backend API for front-end developers to call, thus avoiding the need to wait for the completion of the backend API.

Both Postman and Apidog support API Mock, and this article introduces the differences in their features through three scenarios.

Scenario 1. Fixed Mock Values

We use the user detail interface as an example to demonstrate fixed return values. The interface is defined as follows:

  • Request method: GET.
  • URL: /api/user/{id}. Where {id} is a parameter representing user ID.
  • Response type: json,
  • Response content:
id: number, // user ID
name: string, // username
avatar: string, // avatar image URL

The fixed response content is as follows:

"id": 1,
"name": "Jane,
"avatar": "http://dummyimage.com/100x100",

Postman Implementation

A Mock needs to be created in Mock Server in Postman.


Now, let's test the effect. Under Collections, you can find the created Mock. Click the Send button and you will get the following:


Apidog Implementation

Apidog automatically creates Mock when creating an interface. Let's create an interface below.

Fill the Field

Apidog generates Mock values randomly based on the structure of the response information by default. To generate fixed values consistent with the response example, simply change the Mock mode to response example priority in the project settings.

Response Example Priority

Next, click the Quick Request in the Mock section of the interface details. You can see the effect on the Quick Request page that opens.

Copy Request
Send New Request

Scenario 2: Random Mock Values

Sometimes we expect the interface to return random values. Postman does not support random Mock values, but Apidog does.

Apidog Implementation:

Change the Mock mode back to intelligent Mock priority in the project settings.

Smart Mock First

Let's take a look at the effect:

Run the Mock

Random values are returned, but the Mock of the "name" field is a random string, which looks unpleasant. Let's change the Mock rule of the "name" field to return random names.

Change the Mock Rule

The result is like this:

Changed the Mock Rule's Result

Scenario 3: Return Different Values for Different Situations

We want to mock exceptional cases. For example, when the ID is 999, there is a response error.

"error": 1,
"errorMsg": "User information not found"

Postman Completion

Add an example to return an exceptional response under the Mock interface.

Test it now.

Test Example

Apidog Completion

Expectations in Apidog's Advanced Mock, which enables this functionality.

New Exception
Add New Exception

Test it.

Test Exception Example


Through the above scenarios, we can see that although Postman and Apidog both support API Mock, Apidog's functionality is more powerful and easier to use. For those who have not used it, give Apidog a try.