Intro to API documentation

Postman’s API Documentation feature lets you share public or private API documentation in a beautifully formated web page. 

Postman generates and hosts browser-based API documentation for your Collections automatically in real-time. Each collection has a private and public documentation view that Postman generates from synced data in the servers.

Private documentation view

Postman app

To access the private view of your team documentation, go to the sidebar and click the > icon in the collection you want to view. Then click “View in web” to generate the documentation for the collection.

view doc sidebar

Postman web

To access the private view of your team documenation, go to your workspaces dashboard.

Click the “View all collections” link.

view all collections

Click a collection to generate the documentation.

click the collection

Public documentation view

When you publish your documentation, you can use the public link to view the documentation.

The public link displays after you publish your documentation. The documentation is also accessible in the “Published” dropdown in the private documentation view.

Creating documentation

You can create documentation from the:

  • New button
  • Launch screen

New button

In the header toolbar, click the New button.

new button

The Create New tab appears. create screen

Note: At the bottom, you can select “Show this window at launch” to indicate whether you want the Create New tab to display each time you open Postman.

Click “API Documentation”.

Select if you want to create documentation for a new API or an existing or team collection. If you create a new API to document, you must select a request method and enter the request URL, description, and status code. If you use an existing or team collection to document, you must select a collection from a list of existing or team collections.

configure docs

After you select or create the request you want to document, click the Next button.

In the Configure documentation tab, you must:

  • Enter the name of the documentation.
  • Add a description of the documentation. You can use markdown to add headings, lists, code snippets, and so on in your description.

configureTab docs

Click the Create button.

In the Next steps tab, see a list of suggested next steps to maximize the effectiveness of your documentation.

nextSteps docs

Launch screen

The Create New tab appears by default when you launch Postman.

Open the Postman app.

In the Create New tab, click “Documentation”.

Follow the steps outlined in the previous New button section.

Note: At the bottom, you can select “Show this window at launch” to indicate whether you want the Create New tab to display each time you open Postman.

What gets automatically generated?

Documentation for your API includes:

  • Sample requests, headers, and other metadata
  • Descriptions associated with requests, folders, and collections
  • Generated code snippets in some of the most popular programming languages

Postman uses ordered requests and folders to organize documentation in sections to reflect the structure of your collection.

You can customize descriptions using Markdown styling with embedded graphics to complement your documentation.

We support GitHub flavored markdown so you can include tables. When including block elements, make sure you leave an empty line before and after to avoid any rendering issues.

example of published documentation

To include helpful cross-references for your readers, you can hyperlink to these parts within the generated documentation:

  • Introduction headers
  • Requests
  • Folders
  • Responses

The links are generated using IDs for the requests, folders and responses. If you click on any of these, the URL in your browser should update to a link which points to this specific part of the documentation. You can hyperlink to these parts using this link.

anchor tag id

Note: you cannot link to arbitrary parts of the documentation by manually creating an ID.

Free documentation views with your Postman account

Public and private documentation each receive 1000 free views per month. You can check your usage limits through the Postman API or the account usage page.