Thunder Client is a lightweight Rest API client extension for VS Code, hand-crafted by Ranga Vadhineni with a simple and clean design. The extension was launched on March 31st, 2021. Since then, it has been downloaded by more than 2 million developers worldwide.
Ranga has been using Postman for the past few years. With recent updates, it's very slow to load, has a confusing UI, and also requires context switching between VS Code and Postman. So he built this lightweight VS Code extension with a simple and clean UI. You can read the full blog post.
Thunder Client major milestones timeline
March 31st 2021
VS Code Extension Launch
The Thunder Client VS Code extension was launched on Product Hunt. The extension has been downloaded by around 500 users.
April 20th 2021
The extension was discovered by YouTuber James Quick, who published a video about Thunder Client. The extension which had over 1653 downloads at that time, went viral after the video and got thousands of downloads.
Dec 20th 2021
The extension became very popular and shared by users on social media, and it crossed the first milestone of 500k downloads.
July 13th 2022
1 Million Downloads
The VS Code extension has crossed a major milestone of 1 million downloads.
Apr 17th 2023
2 Million Downloads
The VS Code extension has crossed a major milestone of 2 million downloads.