Moving from Open Source to ReadyAPI

Moving to ReadyAPI

From SoapUI

When migrating your SoapUI projects to ReadyAPI, there are some things don't do, and some things you have to do.

What you don't do

In order to move a project from SoapUI to ReadyAPI you do not have to export, change, package or otherwise modify your project files in any way.

SoapUI projects should work in ReadyAPI without modification.

What you need to do

In order to use SoapUI projects in ReadyAPI, you need to:

1: Do an project import

2: Find the things you had in your project

Import project

When you have an existing project file on your computer you can import it into your workspace through the File menu, using the Import Project option.

File menu > Import

  • Click File
  • Select Import Project
  • Browse to wherever your project file is:

File menu > import

  • Select the correct file.
  • Click Open

Note: If you need to import a composite, packaged, or remote project, see the article Importing Projects. There are some considerations, but it works basically the same.

Find things

When you have imported a SoapUI project into ReadyAPI, some things will be in a different place than you are used to.

Interfaces -> Projects

Any API definitions such as SOAP and REST interfaces in your SoapUI project are available in the Projects tool.

Functional Tests -> ReadyAPI: API Test Module

Functional objects from your SoapUI project are quite naturally placed in the ReadyAPI Test Module, in the same structure as before: TestSuite > TestCase > TestStep containing all the TestStep properties and functional assertions.

All the objects look and behave the same as before.

Load Tests -> ReadyAPI: API Performance Module

The load tests in your SoapUI project are available in the ReadyAPI Performance Module.

All the objects look and behave the same as before.

Security Tests -> Security

If you have any SecurityTests in your SoapUI project, they will be accessible in the Security tool.

The security tests behave as before, but have a better overview and are easier to interpret.

Mock Services -> ReadyAPI: API Virtualization Module

In ReadyAPI, MockServices are known as Virts. All your imported Virts (previously known as MockServices), are available in ReadyAPI.

Virts are much easier to work with and have a clearer interface.

In addition, with a ReadyAPI license, you can also add assertions to your Virts, and/or make them data-driven.

For more information, see Virtualization in ReadyAPI. Pro Feature


In addition to running the Virts locally as with MockServices in SoapUI, VirtServer license allows users access Virts across the network. ReadyAPI uses to edit, deploy, run and stop virt servers.

More accessible features

Some features in SoapUI that are cumbersome or difficult to find, have been placed on the right hand side of the Toolbar in ReadyAPI for easier access.

ReadyAPI Toolbar


The Proxy button allows you to quickly switch on and off ReadyAPI proxy.


The Environments button gives access to environment settings.

For more information see Environments.


The plugin manager and associated plugin repository are in Plugins.

For more information see Plugins.


Project level event handler settings for events are available in Events

For more information see Events.


Definitions and settings for database connections are in Databases.

For more information see Databases.


List of manually configured JMS servers.

For more information, see JMS Manual Configuration.


The Reporting button gives access to standard reports and highly customizable reports.

For more information see Reporting.


All other project and application settings are collected in Preferences.

Some settings will open automatically when they are needed and have not been set.

For more information see Preferences.


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