Testing is a critical part of API development. A performant API is not just developed but also thoroughly tested to ensure its integrity. The lack of proper testing will result in an unreliable API.
APIs fuel applications, supplying them with the data they need. Therefore, proper API testing ensures the correctness and predictability of your applications.
There are different API tools available in the market that you can use to test your APIs. However, they lack in the area of automated and scheduled testing.
Automating your API testing workflow gives you the confidence to make changes to your API. You can add new features and rely on the scheduled and automated testing workflow to identify any errors that may arise.
RapidAPI Studio is an all-in-one API tool offering features for debugging, testing, and managing APIs in a single platform. It is the best fit for this guide because it allows you to generate tests from requests and schedule them in no time.
So, without further ado, let’s see how we can use it to automate API testing. The steps roughly look like this:
Head to RapidAPI Studio and sign in if you haven’t already. Inside the RapidAPI Studio dashboard, you will find a demo onboarding project to get you started quickly. Open it up.
Inside the project, you will find the requests for all the API endpoints already set up like this.
Let’s create a test now. Open the Tests section from the left sidebar. Then, click on the Create Test button and give the test a name. I will call it “Test All Products”.
Once the test is created, click on the Request Generator dropdown at the bottom. Select
Requests in front of
Source. It will show all the requests here and allow you to create tests from them with one click.
Select the “Get all products in the store” request and run it. Once you get the response, click on the Add to test button.
It will open a dialog box to select assertions for the test. Here you can set different types of assertions using the response. It will look like this:
After choosing the required assertions, your API test will be added successfully. Now click on the Save & Run button. RapidAPI Studio will run the test and report whether it was a success.
It is time to schedule the test. Open the Schedule tab from the sidebar. Now click on the Add Schedule button. It will ask you for the frequency, environment, and location. I have set the frequency to twelve hours, the environment to default, and selected N. Virginia for the test location.
Our test is now scheduled and ready to go. You can create tests for other endpoints following the same procedure and provide complete test coverage for your API in no time. RapidAPI Studio will report detailed analytics and results for each test execution.
What’s next? Head to RapidAPI Studio and set up automated testing to ensure your API is always up and running.