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If you were to ask me which month has felt the most like a roller coaster, it would have been June. Major community-developed features were released 🦄, a blog post hit front page 😄 of Hacker News, Smashing Magazine tweeted about Insomnia 🤗, the first churn of Insomnia Teams happened 😤, and there were an annoyingly large increase of failed payments 😤. And, to top it all off, June’s metrics look extremely sad due to the huge spike of traffic that happened in May 😳.

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Insomnia tries to display HTTP responses in the most friendly way possible. For example, HTML files are rendered as web pages, images and SVGs are displayed as bitmaps, and JSON and XML responses are syntax highlighted and interactive. Now, thanks to a community contribution by Antoine38660, Insomnia is able to display PDF files using Mozilla’s PDF.js project.

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OAuth 2.0 has been a supported authentication scheme in Insomnia for some time now but – if you are new to OAuth – can still be quite complicated. This post walks through an example using OAuth 2.0 to authenticate and create a repository on GitHub using the GitHub API. If you don't already have a GitHub OAuth application registered for your account, you can create a one from Developer Settings Note, "

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One of the headlining features of Insomnia 5.4.0 is support for UNIX Domain Sockets – a mechanism typically used for communication between processes running on the same host operating system. This post gives a brief introduction on connecting to a socket within Insomnia.

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On May 10th, I Announced that the Insomnia desktop app is now open source under the GNU AGPLv3 license.

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Since the Open Source Announcement yesterday, many people have submitted bugs, asked questions, and proposed features via GitHub issues. However, this is not always the most suitable medium for discussion. Now, Thanks to a suggestion by ctnordcl, I’ve created a public Slack Team that anyone can join. Join Insomnia on Slack So, head on over, introduce yourself, and join in on the discussion. See you there!

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Today, I’m happy to announce that the Insomnia desktop app is now open source software under the GPLv3 license! The source code is hosted on GitHub for your viewing pleasure.

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April was the most difficult month yet. I Launched Version 5.0 with some large new features, and the release went fairly smoothly. However, 5.0 introduced a major compatibility problem for subset of Linux and OSX versions. This unexpected headache piled on a lot of stressful work, leading to a dark spiral of burnout. I ended taking the second half of the month off (for the most part) to recover.

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TL;DR – This update brings contextual autocomplete, more authentication types, and better debugging! 👏

It’s been over a month since the last release but version 5.0 is finally here! So, find a chair, take a seat, and brace yourself for what’s about to come.

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As Insomnia slowly grows into a sustainable business it becomes more and more difficult to find things to put in these updates. I’m currently heads-down putting the finishing touches on a very major release so, instead of spending a day or two drafting and editing a recap, I’m choosing to keep this one short and focus on the release ahead. Don’t worry, though. Next month’s release will be jam-packed.

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