Welcome to the wonderful world of API testing with SoapUI and ReadyAPI!
What is SoapUI?
SoapUI is a tool for testing Web Services; these can be the SOAP Web Services as well RESTful Web Services or HTTP based services. SoapUI is an Open Source and completely free tool with a commercial companion -ReadyAPI- that has extra functionality for companies with mission critical Web Services.
SoapUI has been downloaded more than 3 million times and is seen as the de facto standard for API Service Testing. This means there is a lot of knowledge about the tool out there, read the blogs on the net for more info about using SoapUI in real life. We appreciate every download and work really hard to create a super product for you. If you have any ideas or thought, please let us know!
What can I use SoapUI for?
SoapUI can be used for complete RESTful API and SOAP Web Service testing.
You can do Functional Testing, Performance Testing, Interoperability Testing, Regression Testing and much more. We aim for the testing to be quite easy to get going, for example in order to create a Load Test, you just right click a functional test and run it as a load test.
You can simulate Web Services. You can record tests and use them Later. You can create code stubs from the WSDL. You can even create REST specifications (WADL)from recorded communication.
There is so much you can do, we encourage you to look through the documentation and play around with the tool.
What kind of system do I need to run SoapUI?
SoapUI is java based, so it runs on most operating systems, We test it on several Windows Versions as well as Mac and the multiple Linux dialects. SoapUI requires a 1.6+ version of the JRE (Java Runtime Environment), at least 1 GB of memory is recommended, and about 100 MB of disk space.
If you are installing with the installer or the standalone distributions, the JRE is included and not required on your system. Otherwise make sure it is installed and the JAVA_HOME environment variable is set correspondingly.