Sophia Iroegbu
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The Ultimate Guide To Testing APIs With Hoppscotch

Sophia Iroegbu
·Dec 27, 2021·

2 min read

The Ultimate Guide To Testing APIs With Hoppscotch

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Table of contents

  • What is an API?
  • About Hoppscotch
  • Conclusion

In this article, I will teach you how to use Hoppscotch to test your API with ease.

What is an API?

API also known as Application Programming Interface, is a software intermediary that allows two applications to interact with each other. It delivers requests to the provider you are requesting data from and returns a response to you.

How does it work?

There are HTTP responses when you use your API. Examples of such responses;

Get: The Get method requests for data from a specified resource.

Post: Data used to send data using the Post Method is stored in the requested body of the HTTP request.

Put: The Put method is used to send data to a server to update/create a resource.

Head: The Head method is identical to the Get method but without the response body i.e The Head method makes requests like the Get method but it doesn’t return a response.

Delete: The Delete method deletes a specified resource.

Options: The Options method describes the options of a specified resource.

About Hoppscotch

Hoppscotch is an open-source API testing tool.

This is built by Liyas Thomas (a full-stack software developer) and contributors. He built this software on:

  • Vue.js,
  • JavaScript,
  • TypeScript,
  • SCSS ( Sassy CSS),
  • Nuxt,
  • CSS and
  • Shell.

It is lightweight, fast, reliable, accessible anywhere. It supports multi-platform and multi-device, i.e You can use it on any platform, OS (Operating System), and device.

Testing Your API with Hoppscotch

You can access the API tool by clicking the link, hoppscotch.io. You will see an image like the one below

hoppscotch.png

Replace your API endpoint link with the existing link on the platform, echo.hoppscotch.io.

Then send a response and get a request.

Other Features

Besides being a genius API testing tool, the platform has amazing features like:

  • Authenticating users.
  • Supporting parameters.
  • Progressive web support.
  • Storing the history of responses.
  • WebSocket Testing.
  • GraphQL Testing.
  • Docker.
  • MQTT Testing.
  • Server set event testing.
  • Keyboard shortcut.
  • Custom combinations of background.
  • API documentation - you can create and share your API docs quickly and easily.
  • Language Translation.
  • Team Collaboration Support such as:

    • Unlimited teams,
    • Unlimited shared collections,
    • Unlimited team members,
    • Role-based access control,
    • Cloud sync and
    • Multiple devices support.

Conclusion

You can contribute to this project since it is an open-source project. Use the GitHub flow: guides.github.com/introduction/flow.

Create a branch, add commits and pull open new a request.

Check the changelog file for more details. github.com/hoppscotch/hoppscotch/blob/main/..

 
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