Collections are a vital element of working with APIs, or application programming interfaces, API collections represent organized groups of APIs that share some meaningful distinction. This makes it much easier to manage and work with your APIs.
Postman collections are executable API descriptions. This designation is something of an oversimplification. One of the biggest advantages of using postman collections is that they help keep APIs well-organized. You can generate collections from API schemas, link collections, and API elements, share them, and publish clean API documentation.
Essentially, postman collections allow programmers to easily link API elements to their APIs. They make it easier to handle requests relating to each individual collection. This is a huge advantage for any programmer. That said, the key to getting the most value out of postman collections is to know how to use them and manipulate them effectively.
There will be times when it will be prudent or downright necessary to delete postman collections.
Deleting Postman Collections
So you’ve been dabbling with postman collections while working on your API and you need to delete some of your postman collections. There’s just one problem, you don’t know how to do it. It’s OK, relax, postman collections can be complicated and difficult to work with for those without extensive experience.
When it comes down to it, deleting a postman collection is a relatively simple process as long as you perform each step faithfully and correctly. One of the biggest and most common mistakes that programmers make when trying to delete postman collections is simply removing them from the workspace. If you remove a postman collection from your workspace, you won’t be able to access it normally, but it can still be recovered. You can recover a postman collection that you removed from your workspace with this page on the Postman app’s website.
Now, on the actual procedure of deleting a postman collection. Whether you’re going to remove a postman collection from your workspace or delete it permanently, you’ll start in the same place with the same step. The first thing you need to do when trying to delete a postman collection is to open the drop-down menu by clicking on the icon with three dots. The menu button looks like three consecutive periods.
Once you click on the menu button with three dots on it and open up the drop-down menu, you will be presented with a list of options.
Most of you will see a list displaying the following options:
- Share Collection
- Modify Permissions
- Add Folder
- Monitor Collection
- Mock Collection
- Publish Docs
- Remove From Workspace
As you can see, you will find the delete button on the very bottom of the drop-down menu. While the process of itself is simple it’s important to follow the same steps in the exact same order every time you delete a postman collection to get the same results.
As a final tip, programming is a demanding art that takes skill, dedication, and precision. The more basic material that you memorize, the faster you will be able to work without having to stop to look things up in order to perform basic programming tasks.
Remember, don’t be hasty, it’s all too easy to click ‘Remove From Workspace’ instead of ‘Delete’ because the buttons are placed close together and sound somewhat similar in concept. Although removing a postman collection from a workspace might sound like it would have the same effect as deleting it, it doesn’t.
Keep programming and keep brushing up on tips and tricks, programming takes practice so roll up your sleeves and get to it!