This tutorial intends to teach you to Install the Postman API Platform on Rocky Linux 8.
Postman is a standalone software testing API (Application Programming Interface) platform to build, test, design, modify, and document APIs. It is a simple Graphic User Interface for sending and viewing HTTP requests and responses.
While using Postman, for testing purposes, one doesn’t need to write any HTTP client network code. Instead, we build test suites called collections and let Postman interact with the API.
Steps To Install Postman on Rocky Linux 8
To complete this guide, you must log in to your server as a non-root user with sudo privileges. To do this, you can follow our guide on Initial Server Setup with Rocky Linux 8.
Set up Postman API Platform on Rocky Linux 8
First, you need to update your local package index with the following command:
sudo dnf update -y
Download the Latest Postman File
Then, use the curl command to download the Postman file on your Rocky Linux 8 server:
sudo wget https://dl.pstmn.io/download/latest/linux64
Extract your downloaded file with the command below:
sudo tar -xvf linux64 -C /usr/bin
Add Postman File To System Path
Here you need to add this file to the system path. To do this, run the following command:
echo 'export PATH="$PATH:/usr/bin/Postman"' >> ~/.bashrc
Run Postman API Tool
Now, to run the API testing tool interface, simply type:
Start Postman from a Launcher Icon on Rocky Linux 8
To start the app from a launcher icon, you need to create a
.desktop file (a shortcut that is used to launch an application in Linux) for the Postman desktop app and save it in the following location:
sudo vi /usr/share/applications/Postman.desktop
Add the following contents to the file:
[Desktop Entry] Name=Postman API Tool GenericName=Postman Comment=Testing API Exec=/usr/bin/Postman/Postman Terminal=false X-MultipleArgs=false Type=Application Icon=/usr/bin/Postman/app/resources/app/assets/icon.png StartupWMClass=Postman StartupNotify=true
When you are done, save and close the file.
Next, copy the created shortcut to the desktop as well:
cp /usr/share/applications/Postman.desktop ~/Desktop/
Right-click on the created shortcut of Postman on the Desktop and select the “Allow launching” option.
You can also start it from the Application launcher by searching the name of this API testing tool.
The postman desktop app will look like this:
If you no longer want to use Postman on Rocky Linux 8, you can easily remove it with the commands below:
# sudo rm -r /usr/bin/Postman # sudo rm -r /usr/share/applications/Postman.desktop # sudo rm -r ~/Desktop/Postman.desktop
Postman is based on a wide range of extremely user-friendly power tools. Following are the reasons why Postman is used:
- Use Collections
- Test development
- Automation Testing
- Creating Environments
- Continuous integration
At this point, you have learned to Install the Postman API Platform on Rocky Linux 8.
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