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Background

The first version of SoapUI was released in October 2005. The guy behind it was Ole Lensmar, at that time working as the architect of a huge SOA project. “There was simply no test tool available that worked well with an agile development process.” says Ole. “So I had to develop one myself.” For several months Ole worked with the SOA project during the days and developed SoapUI in his spare time. When Ole saw what SoapUI could do for him and his colleagues he decided to share SoapUI with other people working with SOA development and the Open Source version of SoapUI was released.

Since then several releases have been made and today SoapUI is the most used tool for SOA testing in the world. Already from start the ambition was to create a best-in-breed test tool for Web Services and that mission has been a guiding star ever since. Our development strategy rests on two fundamental pillars; humble listening and innovative thinking. We have a close and open relation with our users and listen carefully to their feed-back and suggestions. But we do more than so, often we take the lead and develop brand new solutions actually changing our user’s way of working. What’s in our releases comes from your heads and from our heads; it’s as simple as that.


SoapUI 4.5 - The Big Ears Release

Release date: 2012-03-28

Main features:

  • Test Debugging icon-pro
  • Assertion TestSteps icon-pro
  • Message Content Assertion icon-pro
  • TestOnDemand. Run your tests from the Cloud
  • Multi Environment Support icon-pro
  • Floating Licenses icon-pro

Market feedback:

You spoke and we listened. The Big Ears Release was a release that was solely based on what you, our users, wanted to see in upcoming releases. That results are major features like Test Debugging, Multi Environment Support, and Assertion TestStep while are consistently ranked high in surveys regarding the most valuable features in SoapUI.


SoapUI 4.0 – The Security Release

Release date: 2011-06-14

Main features:

  • Security Test Generatoricon-pro
  • XML Bomb
  • SQL Injection
  • Boundary Scan
  • Invalid Data
  • Malformed XML
  • XPath Injection
  • Malicious attachment
  • Custom script
  • Cross site scripting
  • Fuzzing Scan

Market feedback:

The very much awaited Security Scan release is here. Many users have requested security scans to be added to SoapUI. Adding multiple sets of Security Scans helps you ensure your web services are protected from vulnerabilities.


SoapUI 3.6 – The loadUI Release

Release date: 2010-09-14

Main features:

  • loadUI Integration
  • Web Testing
  • Manual TestStep

SoapUI 3.5 – The Protocol Release

Release date: 2010-03-01

Main features:

  • JMS Testing
  • AMF Testing
  • JDBC Testing
  • Visual Query Builder Feature in SoapUI Pro

Market feedback:

Many of the SoapUI users have been waiting for this release. The support of new protocols extends SoapUI to become a complete Functional TestWare.

JMS Support makes it possible to send and receive text and binary messages over JMS. AMF Testing provides support to run tests on flash/flex based RIAs (Rich Internet Applications). JDBC Testing provides support to run tests on database applications. All these features have been heavily requested and are received by the market with pleasure.

The Visual Query Builder provides a graphical tool for building complex Database Queries without deep SQL skills. The market feedback shows that this is an excellent addition.


SoapUI 3.0 – The Reporting Release

Release date: 2009-07-09

Main features:

  • Reporting icon-pro
  • Improved REST
  • Inferred Schemas
  • JavaScript Support

Market feedback:

Reporting makes it possible to generate professional reports in a fast and easy way. This feature is a must in a modern professional Testware.

JavaScript enables scripting in the most common script language. The decision to include support for JavaScript was based on a survey where we asked the community which script language they preferred. JavaScript was the superior winner.


SoapUI 2.5 – The REST Release

Release date: 2008-11-18

Main features:

  • REST Support
  • WS-Addressing
  • HTTP Test
  • Composite Projects Feature in SoapUI Pro

Market feedback:

With extensive REST and HTTP support, providing functionality needed for testing of web2.0 applications and REST-based architectures, SoapUI became more complete. This was highly appreciated by the market and the number of users increased significantly.

Using Composite Projects for collaborative work on SoapUI Pro projects you can split up projects into multiple files which can be saved and reloaded independently. This feature is a necessity for professional projects with several members.


SoapUI 2.0 – The Coverage Release

Release date: 2007-12-12

Main features:

  • Web Service Coverage Feature in SoapUI Pro
  • Team Projects Feature  in SoapUI Pro
  • WSDL Refactoring Feature in SoapUI Pro
  • WS-Security
  • Requirements Feature in SoapUI  Pro
  • SOAP Monitor

Market feedback:

Some new SoapUI Pro specific features were released, each of them giving additional value for our enterprise users.

Web Service Coverage is SoapUI unique, not found in any other testing tool on the market. This feature is a true hit and several users claim that it’s worth buying SoapUI Pro just to get it.

Team Projects allows several people to work simultaneously in a project. This instant payback feature was much longed-for since approximately 85% of our users work in project teams.

WSDL Refactoring updates automatically a changed parameter. This can save you days of boring job and you can be sure the parameter is changed wherever it was used.

Requirement Handling provided basic requirement management functionality, highly appreciated by project managers and testers.


SoapUI 1.7.5 – The Community Release

Release date: 2007-09-26

Main features:

More than 75 features requested by the community, e.g.

  • Excel DataSource support for data-driven testing
  • Grid DataSource for managing data-driven test-data from within SoapUI
  • The New Overview Viewer
  • XQuery New Assertion
  • Global Endpoints
  • Command Line Launcher
  • Remote Projects

Market feedback:

This release was dedicated to all our deeply engaged users. To show how much we appreciate them and their input we created a release solely with user originated features. No surprise it became a success!


SoapUI 1.7 – The Pro Release Feature in  SoapUI Pro

Release date: 2007-04-10

Main features:

The first SoapUI Pro release including:

  • New tree and outline based editor
  • New Form Editor
  • New XML Schema inspector
  • New Table inspector
  • New XML Inspector
  • New Documentation inspector
  • New MockResponse test step for receiving and validating requests within a TestCase.
  • New DataSource and DataSourceLoop TestSteps for easily creating data driven tests from a variety of data sources
  • New alternative Tabbed Desktop for managing editors/windows with docking/dragging support
  • A number of XPath creation wizards where XPath-expressions are required
  • Context sensitive wizards for creating XPath Assertions
  • Context sensitive wizards for easily creating property-transfers to/from request/response messages

Market feedback:

In addition to the Mocking functionality the SoapUI 1.7 release also contained the first version of SoapUI Pro, developed as a result of the success the Open Source version had shown to be. As the installed base grew we realized there was a need of a more professional way of handling the SoapUI tool as well as its users. There were a lot of professional users out there with a need of support as well as more advanced functionality. So we took the decision to start a company and to develop the enterprise version SoapUI Pro. The Pro version was very well received by the market and it was actually profitable from the first month.


SoapUI 1.7 – The Mock Release

Release date: 2007-04-10

Main features:

  • Mocking of Web Services
  • WSDL Inspection
  • SSL Inspection

Market feedback:

We are proud to say that we pioneered Mock Testing for Web Services and that this release changed the word of testing; in fact it created a paradigm shift. With the Mocking functionality developers could start testing much earlier in the development process and some people were actually using SoapUI not only as a test tool, but also as a development tool. Questions about new developing functionality dropped in and we had to take a decision; either to build a complete development tool or to stick to the test tool. We decided the later; simply because there were a lot of great development tools on the market, but no other really great test tool.


SoapUI 1.6 – The Tools Release

Release date: 2006-11-12

Main features:

  • Code Generation
  • WSDL Generation
  • WS-I Support
  • Apache TCPMon
  • JUnit Reports

Market feedback:

With this release SoapUI strengthened its position as the world’s leading Web Service Testware.

Code Generation integrated all major Web Service frameworks, which made it extremely easy for developers to switch between different frameworks and to compare available features and details of generated code.

WS-I Support made it easy to ensure service and message compliance in integration scenarios. At this point of time no other tool provided this functionality, today it’s a must.

JUnit Reports provided a possibility to generate test reports for assessments. This made SoapUI even more attractive for continuous integration scenarios.


SoapUI 1.5 – The LoadTesting Release

Release date: 2006-04-06

Main features:

  • LoadTesting
  • Improved Functional Testing

Market feedback:

This release was meant as a neat complement to the Initial Release. We were actually a bit surprised when it showed to be the main features for quite a few of our users. The reason why it became so appreciated is that it provides ways to create and modify tests during actual test execution in a very easy way.


SoapUI 1.0 – The Initial Release

Release date: 2005-10-16

Main features:

A complete system aimed for functional testing of Web Services including:

  • Create functional tests of SOAP Web Service
  • Create Test Validations
  • Create Complex Scripts
  • Run Continuous Tests Run Regression Tests

Market feedback:

The response from the market was overwhelming; in the first month more than 5000 downloads were made.


SoapUI 1.5 – The LoadTesting Release

Release date: 2006-04-06

Main features:

  • LoadTesting
  • Improved Functional Testing

Market feedback:

This release was meant as a neat complement to the Initial Release. We were actually a bit surprised when it showed to be the main features for quite a few of our users. The reason why it became so appreciated is that it provides ways to create and modify tests during actual test execution in a very easy way.

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