1.3. Satellite API Compared to Hammer CLI Tool

For many tasks, both Hammer and Satellite API are equally applicable. Hammer can be used as a human-friendly interface to Satellite API, for example to test responses to API calls before applying them in a script (use the -d option to inspect API calls issued by Hammer, for example hammer -d organization list). Changes in the API are automatically reflected in Hammer, while scripts using the API directly have to be updated manually.
In the background, each Hammer command first establishes a binding to the API, then sends a request. This can have performance implications when executing a large number of Hammer commands in sequence. In contrast, a script communicating directly with the API establishes the binding only once. See the Hammer CLI Guide for more information.