Huzaifa Rasheed

Huzaifa Rasheed

Software Engineer


Running Batch Requests In Postman

Posted on February 13, 2022

Repost of

I recently faced a situation where I had to run bulk/batch requests in postman. There are other ways to seed data like a custom script, but let’s just focus on how to do it with postman.

Making Batch Requests in Postman

We will need some setup to demonstrate so let’s create one.

1. Setup
I created a simple express server with 2 endpoints for creating and returning data. We will store the data in a variable and run the server at port 3000.

const express = require("express");
const bodyParser = require("body-parser");
const app = express();
const port = 3000;

// parse request data
app.use(bodyParser.urlencoded({ extended: true }));

let data = [];

app.get("/", (req, res) => res.json(data).status(200));"/", (req, res) => {
  data = [, req.body];

app.listen(port, () => console.log(`App listening on port ${port}`));

Now, let’s move to postman and create a collection (I am calling it Data Endpoints)

Postman Collection Creation

Postman Collection Created

Now let’s create 2 requests in the collection (for the 2 endpoints from express server).

  • Get Data
  • Insert Data

Postman Collection with Endpoints

We will be inserting this data. Let’s save it in a file (seedData.json).

    "id": 1,
    "first_name": "Gary",
    "last_name": "Ortiz"
    "id": 2,
    "first_name": "Albert",
    "last_name": "Williamson"
    "id": 3,
    "first_name": "Mildred",
    "last_name": "Fuller"
    "id": 4,
    "first_name": "Russell",
    "last_name": "Robinson"
    "id": 5,
    "first_name": "Laura",
    "last_name": "Harper"
    "id": 6,
    "first_name": "Larry",
    "last_name": "Sanders"
    "id": 7,
    "first_name": "Michael",
    "last_name": "Rice"
    "id": 8,
    "first_name": "Sara",
    "last_name": "Harris"
    "id": 9,
    "first_name": "Phyllis",
    "last_name": "Webb"
    "id": 10,
    "first_name": "Roger",
    "last_name": "Alvarez"

Now, our setup is complete. Next we will run the actual batch requests.

2. Running Batch Requests
We will be inserting data, so we will need to modify our ’Insert Data’ request to allow dynamic data. Something like this

Postman Post Request With Dynamic Json Data

Then, we will need to run the collection.

Postman Run Collection

And select our seedData.json file along with the ’Insert Data’ request (then click the ’Run Data Endpoints’ button).

Postman Run Collection With Dynamic Data

It will run the batch requests and give us the results, something like this.

Postman Run Collection With Dynamic Data Result

We can use the Get Data request to re-validate data insertion.

Postman Get Data Request.

And that’s it. Hope this helps you in your Projects. Thanks 😉