Postman - What is Postman, and how do I set-up the tool?

This article describes what Postman is, where to download the tool, and how to install Postman.

What is Postman?

Postman is a software development tool. It enables people to test calls to APIs. Postman users enter data. The data is sent to a special web server address. Typically, information is returned, which Postman presents to the user.

Support is provided for Postman by the company. Limited support of Postman for use with Canvas is provided by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Where can I download Postman?

Download the Postman API Client from the Postman website (

The software is available for Windows, MacOS and 64-bit Linux distributions.

How do I install the Postman API client?

Before you begin

To use Postman, it is recommended that users eiher create a Postman account, or use a Google Account. While you can use Postman without an account, having an account is recommended as any data you configure will be automatically saved in-case of computer failure. Libraries created with Postman may also be shared with small teams when all users have an account.

Install the Postman API client

  1. Download the Postman API Client from the Postman website (
  2. Double-click the downlaoded installer and follow prompts.
  3. Once the installer finishes, launch the application by clicking the Postman icon.
  4. Once the application starts for the first time, users will be presented with a login window.
    1. Have a Postman account? Enter your Postman username and password.
    2. Have a Google account for university use? Click the "Sign in with Google" button and follow prompts. Do not use a personal Google account.
    3. Avoid signing in by clicking the "Skip signing in" link at the bottom of the window.

Complete instructions for installing Postman are available from the company: Postman Learning Center - Installation and Updates

Keywords:api postman development api dev devops tool install post man canvas   Doc ID:95041
Owner:David D.Group:UW-Milwaukee Help Desk
Created:2019-10-16 16:40 CDTUpdated:2019-10-16 16:40 CDT
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