Setting Up Your Postman Environment

Postman’s environment settings allow you to tailor your API testing and development experience to your specific needs. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to set up your Postman environment without diving into variables or collections.

Step 1: Launch Postman

  1. Open Postman on your computer, following the installation instructions you’ve previously completed.
  2. If you haven’t created a Postman account yet, you’ll be prompted to do so. While an account is not mandatory, it offers additional features and collaboration options.

Step 2: Navigating the Postman Interface

  1. After launching Postman, take a moment to explore the user interface.
  2. You’ll notice the left sidebar with options like “Workspace,” “APIs,” and more. For now, focus on the “Environment” option.

Step 3: Accessing the Environment Settings

  1. Click on “Environment” in the left sidebar.
  2. In the environment settings, you’ll see the “Manage Environments” button. Click on it to get started.

Step 4: Create a New Environment

  1. In the “Manage Environments” window, click the “Add” button.
  2. Provide a name for your environment. This can be something as simple as “My Testing Environment.”
  3. You can optionally add initial variables here, but we’ll skip that for now. We’re primarily interested in setting up the environment itself.
  4. Click “Add” to create your environment.

Step 5: Confirm Environment Selection

  1. Your newly created environment is now available in the environment dropdown.
  2. Click the dropdown and select your new environment, which will set it as the active environment for your Postman session.

Step 6: Start Testing

  1. With your environment selected, you’re ready to start testing APIs. Any API requests you create will use this environment’s settings by default.
  2. You can easily switch between environments for different testing scenarios or configurations by selecting a different environment from the dropdown.


Setting up your Postman environment is an essential step in customizing your API testing and development experience. While this guide focuses on the basics, it provides the foundation for efficient and organized testing.