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Introduction To SoapUI


A tool for Testing Web Services, including SOAP, RESTful, and HTTP-based services, is called SoapUI. With a commercial partner called ReadyAPI that offers further capabilities for businesses with mission-critical Web Services, SoapUI is an Open Source, totally Free solution.

The de facto standard for API Service Testing is SoapUI, which has been downloaded more than 3 Million times. This indicates that there is a wealth of information on the technology available.


What’ll you learn?

  • Basis of SoapUI
  • Installing SoapUI
  • Difference Between SoapUI and ReadyAPI
  • SoapUI Interface


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What is SoapUI?

Before developing any code in Java, C#, or any other language, SoapUI may be used to test Partner WSDL, corporate WSDL, Tooling API, and Metadata API to analyze capabilities and response from Salesforce. Many people rely on SoapUI for testing JMS, REST, JDBC, and AMF. They integrate SoapUI into their IDEs (IntelliJ, NetBeans, and Eclipse), continuous integration builds, API monitoring, and other processes. There are several Inventive Applications for SoapUI out there.

Uses of SoapUI?

Entire RESTful API & SOAP Web Service Testing may be done with SoapUI.

Functional testing, performance testing, interoperability testing, regression testing, and many other types of testing are all possible. Our goal is to make it simple to start testing. For instance, to create a load test, simply right-click a functional test and run it as a load test.

Web Services simulation is possible. Tests may be Recorded for later use. The WSDL can be used to produce code stubs. Even from recorded communication, REST standards (WADL) can be created.


How can I run SoapUI?

Since SoapUI is Java-Based, it can run on the Majority of Operating Systems. They have test it on many Windows and Mac versions as well as various Linux variants. SoapUI needs a JRE (Java Runtime Environment) version 1.6 or Later, at least 1 GB of memory, and roughly 100 MB of storage space.

The JRE is already included and is not necessary for your system if you are installing using the installer or the standalone distributions. If not, be sure to install it and change the JAVA HOME environment variable appropriately.


Installing SoapUI

Depending on your requirements and preferences, SoapUI can be used on Windows, Mac, Linux, or Unix platforms.

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Windows                                                MacOS                                                     Linux



SoapUI also provides a PRO version called ReadyAPI. Few advantages for going pro are as follows:

SoapUI ReadyAPI
  • Create basic test scenarios with assertions.
  • Create basic test scenarios with assertions.
  • Does not support Quick built code-less assertions (No need to use Groovy Scripting)
  • Supports Quick built code-less assertions (No need to use Groovy Scripting)
  • Does not support Creating advanced assertions using logic such as “contains”, “matches” and more.
  • Supports Creating advanced assertions using logic such as “contains”, “matches” and more.
  • Supports No Collaboration.
  • Supports Collaboration with Jira, Slack, GitHub, Bitbucket, GitLab.
  • Provides testing like functional testing, security testing, performance testing, etc.
  • Provides basic Functional and Performance testing.


SoapUI Interface

Main Window


Default Toolbar: Default toolbar

Icon’s Toolbar: Icon shortcuts toolbar

Navigator Panel: Expandable tree display of workspace content

Properties Panel: Lists the various preconfigured workspace properties in the

Log Inspectors: Available log inspectors are displayed in the main window.


Default toolbar:

  1. File MenuPicture7
Option Description
New Creates a new product in this workspace
Import Project Adds an existing project into this workspace
Import Remote Project Imports a remote project into this workspace
Save All Projects Saves all projects in the current workspace
Open All Closed Projects Opens all closed projects in the current workspace
Close All Opened Projects Closes all opened projects in the current workspace
Rename Renames this workspace
New Workspace Creates a new workspace
Switch Workspaces Loads another workspace file
Preferences Sets global SoapUI preferences
Save Preferences Saves all global preferences
Import Preferences Imports SoapUI settings from another settings -file
Recent Reopens recent items
Exit Saves all projects and exist SoapUI
Exit Without Saving Exits SoapUI without saving


  1. Tools Menu



Option Description
JBossWS Artifacts Generates JBoss WS artifacts using the JBoss wstools utility
JBossWS JAX-WS Artifacts Generates JBossWS JAX-WS artifacts using JBoss WS wsconsume
JAX-RPC Artifacts Generates JAX-RPC artifacts using wscompile
JAX-WS Artifacts Generates JAX-WS artifacts using wsimport
AXIS 1.X Artifacts Generates AXIS 1.X artifacts using WSDL2Java
AXIS 2.X Artifacts Generates AXIS 2.X artifacts using WSDL2Java
Apache CXF Generates Apache CXF using WSDL2Java utility
XFire 1.X Stubs Generates XFire 1.X stubs using wsgen utility
Oracle Proxy Artifacts Generates Oracle Proxy artifacts using the wsa.jar utility
XmlBeans Classes Generates XmlBeans classes
JAXB 2.0 Artifacts Generates JAXB 2.0 artifacts
.NET 2.0 Artifacts Generates .NET 2.0 artifacts using wsdl.exe
GSoap Artifacts Generates GSoap artifacts using wsdl2h and soap2cpp
Launch TcpMon Launch Tcp Mon for monitoring SOAP traffic


Icons Toolbar



Picture10 Creates an empty ReadyAPIject.
Picture11 Creates a new SOAP project.
Picture12 Creates a new REST project.
Picture13 Imports an existing ReadyAPIject into the current workspace
Picture14 Saves all projects in the current workspace
Picture15 Opens the SoapUI forum.
Picture16 Opens the ReadyAPI Trial download page.
Picture17 Sets global soapUI preferences
Picture18 Apply proxy defined in global preferences
Picture19 Searches the soapUI support forum
Picture20 Show online help





Congratulations, You now have a brief knowledge of what SoapUI is, the Advantages of becoming a PRO member, and all the basics of SoapUI.


Happy Coding

Happy Coding!


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Sanket Dudhe

Sanket Dudhe is a Technical Consultant at Perficient. He has an experience of 4+ years as SDET. He loves technology and hence is curious to learn about new emerging technologies #lovefortechnology.

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