WebDev: Bye RequestBin, Hello Alternatives!
RequestBin was a great tool for testing webhooks.
At Polydojo, the tool helped us roll our form-to-webhook integration; and sometimes, we even used RequestBin while doing demos for fellow devs.
Last week, the good folks at Runscope took down RequestBin. The website now redirects to the project's GitHub repository, which ominously reads:
One could still self-host RequestBin; and that is pretty sweet. But when you're tasked with setting up webhooks, do you really also want to be in-charge of provisioning the webhook-testing infrastructure?We have discontinued the publicly hosted version of RequestBin due to ongoing abuse that made it very difficult to keep the site up reliably. Please see instructions below for setting up your own self-hosted instance.
It was time to look for alternatives; and to our surprise, there were quite a few. We evaluated most of them; and thought that it may be worthwhile to share our reviews
- Webhook Inbox is created by the folks at Fanout.io. Includes live reloads and a beautiful UI. We've found the tool to be very reliable.
- Hookbin, by the creators of Kraken.io.
Seems to include live uploads, but we were often unable to inspect requests.
- Webhook Tester by @fredsted.
UI could be improved, but UX is awesome. Live reloads, pretty-JSON option, header-hiding etc.
Other Helpful Links
- UltraHook, created by the folks behind Enchant.
A tool for testing incoming webhooks on localhost. Involves a ruby gem and an API key.
- MockBin by Mashape/Kong.
Tool for setting endpoints that spit-out a fixed response. (We were unable to try it out.)
Neat set of utility endpoints that'll prove useful while developing your next project.
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