Manage monitor usage in Postman

Postman provides tools to help you manage your team's monitor usage. Track the number of monitoring requests that have been made against your plan's monthly maximum, and enable overages or purchase more blocks if needed. You can also view all of the monitors your team has created to make sure you're not exceeding monitor activity limits.

To learn more about the resources included with your Postman plan and what happens when you reach your usage limits, go to About resource usage.

Viewing monitor usage

The maximum number of monitoring API calls you can make each month depends on your Postman plan.

The Monitoring Usage Details dashboard shows your team's current billing period, how many monitoring API calls have been made, and which monitors have run. The dashboard also identifies monitors by name, creator, collection, and environment.

monitoring usage details

Concerned about overages? Go to your Monitoring Usage Details dashboard for a list of all of your team's active monitors in one place. You'll also find information to help you and your team make informed decisions on things like monitoring frequency. Learn more about monitor overages.

How Postman calculates monitor usage

Monitor usage is calculated based on the number of monitoring API calls:

  • Running one request (that is, calling an API endpoint) in one region counts as one monitoring API call.
  • If the collection used by the monitor has multiple requests, each request in the collection counts as one API call.
  • If the monitor is scheduled to run in multiple regions, each request made in a different region counts as an API call.

If you use pm.execution.setNextRequest() to skip a request or run a request multiple times, Postman adjusts monitor usage as necessary. Postman also counts any requests required for authorization.

Allowing monitor overages

With a free Postman account, once you've reached your monthly usage limit, your monitors are automatically paused for the rest of the billing period. To continue to use monitoring for the remainder of the billing period, upgrade your Postman plan.

With a paid Postman account, you have the option to allow monitoring overages. Once you're reached your monthly usage limit, your monitors continue to run, and you are charged at a pay-as-you-go rate for each monitoring API call.

Overages are allowed by default for paid Postman accounts. To disallow overages, select Team > Resource Usage to open the Resource Usage dashboard, and then turn off Pay-as-you-go under Monitoring Usage.

Purchasing monitoring blocks

Instead of paying for overages after reaching your monthly usage limit, you have the option to purchase more blocks of monitoring calls. Purchasing blocks may offer savings compared the pay-as-you-go rate, depending on the number of monitoring calls your team makes.

To purchase more monitoring call blocks, do the following:

  1. Select Team > Resource Usage.
  2. Under Monitoring Usage, select View detailed usage to open the Monitoring Usage Details dashboard.
  3. Select Set monitoring block count.
  4. Select Monitoring and enter the number of blocks to purchase.
  5. Select Review Changes to complete your purchase.

Unused monitoring calls or blocks expire at the end of the billing period and don't roll over to the next month.

Monitor activity limits

Postman maintains default limits on various team and user actions to ensure the overall performance and availability of monitoring. Postman will email your Team Admins if your team encounters these limits. In addition, team members will get an alert in Postman.

Postman maintains the following monitoring limits per team:

  • Maximum number of active and paused monitors: 300
  • Maximum parallel runs of all monitors: 500
  • Maximum parallel runs of a single monitor: 200

For help regarding these limits, contact the Postman support team.

Last modified: 2023/05/31