Running Individual Requests
You can test individual requests to for expected responses or to do typical API testing during development. This is similar to using a tool like Postman for request testing.
Individual Request testing is meant to be quick and easy with the ability to quickly modify requests right in the request/result preview, so you can quickly test, make changes and retest.
To run a request first select a request in the Request List on the left. All the run options run against the currently active request in the request list or the Http Request editor or Previewer.
There are quite a few ways to run requests:
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- The Run Toolbar Button on the lower Request Toolbar
- The Run Button in the Request Editor or Previewer
- On the Request List Context Menu Run Request
- On the Main Menu Request->Run Request
When you run a request here's what you see:
The result of the Http request is displayed in the Preview pane, which displays the entire request and response. You can view request headers and content, as well as the response headers and content.
You can also edit the request headers and request content in this Previewer, allowing you to make quick changes to requests and then quickly re-run them.
When you make changes to the request headers or content the changes are immediately applied including formatting. This view tends to be easier for manually editing complex request content like JSON as you get syntax coloring and a formatted view of the data rather than a raw unformatted string.
If you make changes in the previewer to content that has been formatted, or includes injected headers, the request content may be changed. For example, if you have a raw JSON request body, that body might be changed to formatted JSON that is displayed in the Previewer.
If you need to ensure that content stays exactly in its raw format, only edit content in the simple text request viewer.
Result content is usually displayed in a formatted mode which uses syntax coloring and - if possible - a formatted view of the data.
For example formatted views for:
- JSON and XML are formatted with line breaks
- UrlEncoded request content displays as key value (url decoded) pairs
- Images are displayed using an image preview
- Html is optionally displayed as an Html Preview
formatted (type) checkbox toggles between the raw data for request and response content or a formatted view.
On the Request Toolbar there's also an option to run all requests in your Request Session list once. This can be useful if you need to check a sequence of operations.
After you've run all requests, you can review each of the requests on the Results tab on the left. This tab lets you review each of the individual requests that were run.
Note that these result entries - although they look similar to Http Requests- are not editable. Only individual requests are editable.
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