Learn Postman Step By Step - Preset Headers


In this step-by-step article series, next we are going to learn about the Preset Headers features of the postman. Before going to learn about the preset headers, please read the previous article of this series for a better understanding:

This article covers the following topics:

  • Preset headers
  • Adding preset headers
  • Using preset headers

Preset Headers

When you want to interact with an API, some headers are required whenever you place a request. Headers include username, password, API-key, Authorization, etc. but when you work with the application it's automatically set and sends the request. In case of directly hitting the API, you are required to pass those headers every time you need to make a request. 

In postman when you make a new request you need to fill all the headers again, to save your time Presets or Preset Headers comes into the picture to preserve the headers setting to use in future requests. 

Postman Preset Headers

The presets are located under the headers section when you are requesting the above screenshot.

Adding preset headers

Let's see how to add the preset headers, using the below steps:

Step 1

Open the postman, create a new request and click on headers, select 'Presets' dropdown 'Manage Presets' value as below:

Postman adding Preset Headers

Step 2

Once you click on 'Manage Presets', it will open the pop-up as below:

Postman adding Preset Headers

In this pop-up, you can manage your group of preset headers such as add, update, or delete the group. The group contains the header key-value pairs.

Step 3

Next, click on the 'Add' button, and it opens another pop-up to create the preset header group as below:

Postman adding Preset Headers

The contains the Preset Header Name, Key, Value, Description to be filled, and Bulk Edit functionality.

Step 4

Next, fill in the required details for the group of preset headers and click on the 'Add' button as below:

Postman adding Preset Headers

Step 5

Once you clicked on the 'Add' button it adds that group and you will see the list of groups below:

Postman adding Preset Headers

In the pop-up after the 'Add' button, you will see the recently added 'GET-Headers' group. Here you can manage the groups such as 'Add', 'Update', and 'Delete'. 

For update functionality, just click on the group name and you will see a pop-up as below:

Postman adding Preset Headers

For delete functionality, just click on the delete icon and it will give you a warning message before deleting that group as below:

Hope you understand how to add or manage the preset header group.

Using preset headers

In the previous section we learned how to add the preset group, let's see how to use it in the request as below steps:

Step 1

Create a new request, go to the headers tab and click on the 'Presets' dropdown as below:

Postman using Preset Headers

In the above screenshot, you can see the recently added group is there next to 'Manage Presets' which is 'GET-Headers'.

Step 2

Next, click on the recently added group which is 'GET-Headers' and it adds to the headers as below:

Postman using Preset Headers

In the headers tab, you can see the headers added 'API-Key' and 'User-Name' from the group we have created which is 'GET-Headers'. It's not like we have selected it from presets so it's not editable, we can update that value here.

Stay tuned to learn new things about Postman….


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