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In this page, we suggest some tools you can use to test the REST API without needing to develop a REST consuming client application. Testing your REST requests is useful when you are developing client apps and similar things that interact with the REST endpoints.
|Positive||For instance Firefox displays JSON and XML in a very readable format.|
A browser provides only limited control to tailor a request without further add-ons. Requests are sent as
If you want to test on REST resources via
Upgrade the browser with add-ons to extend its possibilities to control the request.
cURL is a command line tool. It can be used on most well-known operating systems.
|Positive||Very flexible for tailoring the request (method, request headers, user credentials, and so on). Response can be further processed.|
|Negative||Not everybody likes command line tools. The response is not easy to read without further tooling. No out-of-the-box automatic URL encoding.|
On the first attempt of a request, use the
If the response body is fine and delivers JSON, pretty-print and colorize the response body with tools such as jq.