As we mentioned in our previous articles, postman collections play an integral role in helping developers to organize API requests that belong to the same class into a single folder. Having all your request in a single location enables you to run all of them simultaneously. It also makes it easy for programmers to share their work with the development teams and facilitates the execution of standard tests for the entire batch without too much hassle.
In one of our write-ups, we also provided a step-to-step guide for creating a postman collection and another one for exporting a collection from Postman. While we confirmed that it is possible to export a single collection from Postman, the bugging question is whether there is a means for developers to export all Postman collections at a go. If you have several collections that you want to move at the same time, there is a better method to do so. In this piece, we’ll provide a detailed step-to-step guide on how to export all collections from Postman.
Exporting all Postman Collections
Postman provides developers and programmers with a means to export various data sets, including environments, collections, and data dumps, as JSON files. Here is how you export multiple postman collections:
On the Postman’s homepage, look for a wrench-like icon on the upper right corner to open the general settings. Click on the settings modal to get categories as detailed in the image below.
2. Click on the Data tab.
Once you hit the settings icon, it will open a new window with various tabs. Look for the data icon and click on it. It will display a message indicating that you are about to export all your collections, globals, environments, as a single dump file.
You’ll also find a note, which indicates that the data dump will save globals from various workstations as unique environments.
Here, you’ll also be given an option to download:
- Only your data, or
- All data sets in workspaces that you have joined.
The information for this step will appear as displayed in the image below.
3. Click the Download Button to Export All Collections
After clicking the data icon and selecting one option from the two that are provided, you can now go ahead and hit the download button at the bottom of the page. Once you click the download button, your information will be saved as a JSON file of your postman data.
However, it is crucial to remember that although this process saves nearly all your postman data, it can’t be used to move your postman history.
The files exported using this process can be imported back into the Postman app or can be used by Newman, Postman’s command-line collection runner.
For those using the newer version of Postman, you can export all your collections in the following steps:
- Click “Preferences”
- Data icon
- and then, download
For those who use the cloud, you can also share your collections over the postman cloud. However, you have to pay for the service depending on the magnitude of your collections.
In a nutshell, you can export all your collections from Postman by:
- Exporting each collection as a single file – Can take a lot of time.
- Exporting all collections as a data dump – As detailed in this piece.
- Sharing your collections via the postman cloud – At a fee.
If you have been looking for a way to export several collections from Postman, this article offers a detailed guide to help you do it in minutes. You just need to go to “Settings,” “Data” and then Download, and your collections will be saved as a JSON file. You don’t need to waste time moving one collection at a time, just follow this process, and you’ll be ok. For those who enjoy working on the cloud and have a few bucks to spare, you can copy your postman collections to another client using Postman cloud at a fee.
How do you Export Postman Collection to OpenAPI?
- Go to APITransform.com & click “Upload Postman Collection”
- Fill out some basic information
- Upload your Postman Collection
- Click “Convert to OpenAPI”