Charles vs Postman: What are the differences?
What is Charles? HTTP proxy / HTTP monitor / Reverse Proxy . Charles is a web proxy (HTTP Proxy / HTTP Monitor) that runs on your own computer. Your web browser (or any other Internet application) is then configured to access the Internet through Charles, and Charles is then able to record and display for you all of the data that is sent and received.
What is Postman? Only complete API development environment . Postman is the only complete API development environment, used by nearly five million developers and more than 100,000 companies worldwide.
Charles and Postman can be categorized as "API" tools.
Some of the features offered by Charles are:
- SSL Proxying – view SSL requests and responses in plain text
- Bandwidth Throttling to simulate slower Internet connections including latency
- AJAX debugging – view XML and JSON requests and responses as a tree or as text
On the other hand, Postman provides the following key features:
- Compact layout
- HTTP requests with file upload support
- Formatted API responses for JSON and XML
According to the StackShare community, Postman has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1752 company stacks & 2232 developers stacks; compared to Charles, which is listed in 16 company stacks and 13 developer stacks.