Sending GET Requests in Postman: A Step-by-Step Guide

The objective of this tutorial is to create a GET request in Postman and learn how to execute it.

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What is GET Request?

A GET request is one of the HTTP methods used to request data from a specified resource. When you enter a URL into your web browser and hit Enter, your browser sends a GET request to the server, asking for the content located at that URL. Here are some real-life examples of GET requests:
  1. Browsing a Website: When you open a webpage in your browser, your browser sends a GET request to the server hosting that webpage to retrieve the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files needed to display the page.
  2. Search Engine Query: When you use a search engine like Google and type in a search query, your browser sends a GET request to the search engine's server, which then responds with the search results page.
  3. API Calls: Many APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) use GET requests to retrieve data. For instance, a weather API might have a URL like where a GET request to this URL would return the current temperature in New York.
  4. Fetching Images: When you load a webpage with images, each image is typically fetched using a GET request. For example, <img src=""> triggers a GET request to retrieve the image file.
  5. Accessing Documents: When you click on a link to download a PDF or any other document, your browser sends a GET request to fetch the file from the server.
Here's a simplified example of a GET request:

Let's say you have a simple website that stores information about books. Each book has a unique ID, and you want to retrieve the details of a book with ID 123. You might have an API endpoint like this:

Implementation Steps

Make a collection

Please follow this post to learn how to create a Collection in Postman

Make a request to the Collection

Step 1: To create a new request, click on “Add a request” if it is a new Collection. Otherwise, click on the 3 dots and select “Add request”.

Step 2: Once you create a new request, then you will get the following window:

Provide the requested information.

Step 1: Enter the “name” in the request. Here, the name is “GET Booking List”.

Step 2: Enter the “URL” in the address bar.
Step 3: Now, select the “GET” request from the list of request methods.
Step 4: Press the “Send” button.

Ensure that the Response has been validated

A response from the server will be received once you press the send button.


You can check the status code. Here, we got the status code 200, which means we got a successful response to the request.


In the Body tab of the response box, we have multiple options to see the response in a different format.

Format Type

Each request has a defined response to it as defined by the Content-Type header. That response can be in any format. Such as in the above example, we have a JSON code file.

Below are the various format types present in Postman.



Congratulations on finishing this tutorial and I hope you found it helpful! Happy learning!

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