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I recently installed Postman on my Windows 7 laptop. Postman launched automatically once the initial installation finished, but I haven't been able to figure out how to re-launch the application since then.

The installer didn't give me the option to select my install location or add a desktop shortcut. I've searched C:\Program Files, but I didn't see any folder for Postman.

Where does Postman install to on Windows?

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    I don't have experience with postman, but this kind of installation usually installs per user, and as such, you probably can find it in %appdata%\Postman or another folder within %appdata%. (you can type %appdata% directly in the explorer addressbar, but if you want to navigate to it, its c:\users\username\appdata\roaming)
    – LPChip
    Nov 15 '17 at 15:02
  • Isn't Postman a Chrome Extension? can you get to it via the Chrome "Apps" button? (Ive never used or installed it though) Nov 15 '17 at 15:02
  • @DigitalLightcraft click the link in the question and you can figure out the answer yourself: aka, no it is not.
    – LPChip
    Nov 15 '17 at 15:04
  • @DigitalLightcraft I am using the native app. Postman's Chrome App is no longer supported as of March 2017.
    – Stevoisiak
    Nov 15 '17 at 15:04
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    @LPChip Your hunch was correct. It installed to C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Postman\
    – Stevoisiak
    Nov 15 '17 at 15:09
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On Windows, Postman installs to C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Postman.

  • As a shortcut, you can enter %LocalAppData%\Postman.
  • The main Postman executable is stored in a subfolder \app-5.x.x
    • (Replace x with app version)

There are two likely reasons why Postman installs to %AppData%

  • The %AppData% folder is per-user, allowing installation without administrator rights
  • Postman seems to use the Squirrel Installer, which doesn't allow custom install directories
    • (Noted by the presence of \Postman\app-5.x.x\SquirrelSetup.log)

Thanks to LPChip for suggesting %AppData% as a possible install location.

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  • Hi @Stevoisiak, do you know how to launch postman using the Windows Run Command? So i press Windows button + R, the Run Command appears, how do i launch Postman from there ? If i type Postman, a Windows Explorer will open, sending me to C:\Users\<username>\Postman\files Apr 6 '20 at 1:35
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The Postman native application is installed by default in %LocalAppData%\Postman. The reason for using this location might be that administrator privileges are not required to access this folder.

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  • Hi @AntonioSergioFerraz, do you know how to launch postman using the Windows Run Command? So i press Windows button + R, the Run Command appears, how do i launch Postman from there ? If i type Postman, a Windows Explorer will open, sending me to C:\Users\<username>\Postman\files Apr 6 '20 at 1:36
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The following is an addition to the couple of excellent answers found in this post as it helped me and i would be happy if it helped someone.

Objective:
If you are like me and you are looking to launch Postman from the Run command prompt(Windows + R keys), read on.


One of the places that the Run command prompt will pick up commands is from the Path environment variable. So i modified the Path environment variable and added: C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Local\Postman

Now i can Windows + R, enter Postman in the prompt et voila!

Note: If another location opens up, like for me C:\Users\<Username>\Postman\files

Delete that location, if you are not using it.

Bonus: To find out more about how & where the Run command prompt is resolving its command, you may want to read this excellent post

Cheers

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