Working with REST Services and WADL

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Let’s have a detailed look at how SoapUI models REST Services. 

Start by creating a new REST project:

Select File | New REST Project from the main menu:

Normally, we would probably just provide an URI:

But in this case we will use the sample WADL provided in the SoapUI-Tutorials/WSDL-WADL folder.

Click Import WADL.

The New WADL Project dialog opens:

Click Browse.

We can then browse to the file:

Click Open.

The sample WADL is specified In the New WADL Project dialog: 

Click OK.

SoapUI creates the specified project and imports the WADL, resulting in the following object hierarchy in the navigator:


Here you can see the core items that make up a REST Service project:

  • The project (sample-service)
  • The REST Service (sample-service)
  • A resource (accountcreation)
  • A GET method for accessing the resource (Register a new account)
  • A default request generated by soapUI for this method (“Request 1”)
  • ... and so on...

Double-click the REST service node.

This opens the service Overview:


The Overview tab shows basic data about the service.

Click Service Endpoints:


The Service Endpoints tab lets you define any number of alternative endpoints for your service, which you can easily switch between in the REST Request editor.

Click WADL Content:


To the right you can see separate tabs for each of the files imported for the WADL. In our case there is only the WADL itself.

The tree to the left allows for easy navigation between elements in all imported files, for example selecting the GET method as in the screenshot above highlights it in the corresponding WADL file to the right.