Working With SoapUI For The First Time

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Welcome to the wonderful world of service testing with soapUI and soapUI Pro!

What is SoapUI?

SoapUI is a tool for Testing Web Service, 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 -SoapUI Pro- that has extra functionality for companies with mission critical Web Services.

SoapUI has been downloaded more than one million times and is seen as the de facto standard for Web 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 Web Service testing , in many fashions, 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.

How do I download SoapUI?

You can download the latest releases from of SoapUI here:

sourceforge (soapUI)

or download SoapUI Pro


SoapUI Pro requires a Trial license which you will be prompted for when running SoapUI Pro for the first time.

Both SoapUI and SoapUI Pro are available in many versions:

  • Installers for Windows 32-bit, Windows 64-bit, Mac and Linux:
    both Windows 32-bit and Linux include the required JRE, while for Mac , as well as for Windows 64-bit, java has to be downloaded and installed separately. In addition all these include XulRunner and WSI-Testing tools and should require no further system configuration. The Pro-version also includes a number of JDBC drivers which can be optionally installed.
  • Binary zips for the same platforms:
    the same folder structure as the installed version but without the exe/.app/.sh launchers and without the JRE
  • Standalone zip for Windows 32-bit
    the same folder structure as the installed version including the JRE but without the exe file
  • Plugins for Eclipse, Netbeans and Intellij IDEA (SoapUI only
    for all IDE's above

We also have Nightly builds of the HEAD and eventual beta branches are made available at, you should consider using these for the latest fixes and improvements.

You can also use Java WebStart versions are also available from the websites, these require no further installation and support all functionality with the following exceptions:

Groovy scripts will be run under a restricted classloader, which will prevent them from accessing files, etc.

External libraries and jvm/memory settings (as described below can not be adjusted)

We recommend the Installer basically since it's more convenient in most cases; in any case please install soapUI into an empty directory and not over an existing installation since you might have problems with old libraries interfering with newer ones in the installation.

How do I run SoapUI?

Once SoapUI is installed, either start it with the installed icon,shortcut, etc or use the corresponding .bat file. SoapUI will start and the SoapUI log at the bottom of the main SoapUI window will show diagnostic information regarding initialization of external libraries, script or action extensions and the script library in SoapUI Pro.

19:20:59,718 INFO [SoapUI] Added [file:/C:/Program%20Files/SmartBear/soapUI-Pro-3.0-beta-2/bin/ext/sqljdbc.jar] to classpath
19:21:01,140 INFO [DefaultSoapUICore] initialized soapui-settings from [C:\Documents and Settings\ole\soapui-settings.xml]
19:21:09,859 WARN [SoapUIProGroovyScriptEngineFactory] Missing scripts folder [C:\workspace\pro-2.6-dev\scripts]
19:21:09,890 INFO [DefaultSoapUICore] Adding listeners from [C:\Program Files\SmartBear\soapUI-Pro-3.0-beta-2\bin\listeners\demo-listeners.xml]
19:21:17,906 INFO [WorkspaceImpl] Loading workspace from [C:\Documents and Settings\ole\My Documents\Demo-workspace.xml]