Your First Collection and Request

Postman is a powerful tool for API testing and development, and getting started is easier than you might think. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of creating your very first collection and request in Postman.

Step 1: Launch Postman

  1. Open Postman on your computer. If you’ve just installed it, you can typically find it in your applications or by searching for “Postman” in your system’s application launcher.
  2. If you haven’t created a Postman account yet, you’ll be prompted to do so. While an account is not mandatory, it allows you to access additional features and collaborate with team members. You can create an account within the Postman application or sign in if you already have one.

Step 2: Explore the Postman Workspace

  1. When Postman opens, you’ll be in the “Workspace” view. The Workspace is where you’ll manage collections, requests, and environments.
  2. Take a moment to explore the workspace. You’ll see the left sidebar with options like “Collections,” “Environments,” and “APIs.”

Step 3: Create Your First Collection

  1. Click on the “Collections” tab in the left sidebar.
  2. Click the “New Collection” button to create a new collection.
  3. Give your collection a name. For this tutorial, you can name it something like “My First Collection.”
  4. You can also add a description to help you remember the purpose of this collection.
  5. Click “Create” to finish creating the collection.

Step 4: Create Your First Request

  1. With your collection selected, click the “Add Request” button.
  2. Give your request a name, such as “GET Request.”
  3. Choose the request type from the dropdown. For your first request, select “GET.”
  4. In the “Request URL” field, enter the URL of the API you want to test. For practice, you can use a publicly available API, like the GitHub API (e.g.,
  5. You can add headers, parameters, and other settings as needed, but for this basic example, you can leave them as they are.
  6. Click “Save” to create your request.

Step 5: Send Your Request

  1. With your request created, you’re now ready to send it.
  2. Click the “Send” button, and Postman will execute the request.
  3. You’ll see the response from the API in the lower part of the Postman window.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully created your first collection and request in Postman. You can continue to add more requests to your collection, organize them, and even write tests to automate your API testing.

This is just the beginning of your journey with Postman. In future tutorials, we’ll explore advanced features, writing tests, working with variables, and more. Stay tuned for more tips and insights on mastering Postman!