How to test Express/node REST API backend with Advanced REST Client or Postman?


I need to test my REST API backend that accepts JSON with the Advanced REST Client or Postman for Chrome.

But I am running into issues: I can only send the request using the built-in form and using Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded

But this will not work since I have embedded documennts, for example, I need to POST this:

{title:"Awesome post!", tags: ["blue", "jeans"] }

This is not possible with the built-in forms of either Chrome extension.

When I select Raw Body and insert the content there, my backend sees the req.body as being an empty object. When I also set the header "Content-Type: application/json", I get the following error in my backend:

SyntaxError: Unexpected token n
at Object.parse (native)
at IncomingMessage.exports.parse.application/json (/Library/WebServer/Documents/slipfeed/node_modules/express/node_modules/connect/lib/middleware/bodyParser.js:135:16)
at IncomingMessage.EventEmitter.emit (events.js:85:17)
at IncomingMessage._emitEnd (http.js:366:10)
at HTTPParser.parserOnMessageComplete [as onMessageComplete] (http.js:149:23)
at Socket.socket.ondata (http.js:1682:22)
at TCP.onread (net.js:404:27)

Note: I am using bodyParser() and methodOverride() in my app's configuration. Disableing them did not help.

What settings should I use so that I could just enter the JSON to the Raw body field and the request would work?

To clarify the answer: I had to set both Content-Type: application/json (in request header) and use well-formed json where property names are also inside double quotes to get it working.

7/27/2012 1:45:44 PM

Accepted Answer

Try enclosing the field properties in quotes: {"title":"Awesome post!", "tags": ["blue", "jeans"] }

7/27/2012 1:33:01 PM

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