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System Requirements & Support

Processor64-bit (x86_64) processor with at least two cores; four cores is recommended.

At least 4 GB RAM; 8 GB is recommended. Load Test may require additional RAM for high loads


The following versions are supported:

  • Windows Server 2022
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 11
JavaJava 11 (installed with the application) or later. Oracle and OpenJDK are supported. See Configuring Java Runtime for more information about running the application with a different version.
IP Address FormatsIPv4 and IPv6 addresses are supported.

SOAtest and Virtualize Co-Installation

When Parasoft SOAtest and Parasoft Virtualize are installed on the same machine, SOAtest and Virtualize must have an identical version number. This ensures compatibility between both products.

If you are updating an existing installation (including updating from a service pack), be sure to update both products at the same time.


You can install SOAtest and Virtualize as a standalone Eclipse-based application or as an Eclipse p2 update. This topic describes the standalone installation. Refer to Eclipse p2 Update Site Installation for instruction on installing into your own Eclipse IDE.

  1. Run the setup executable that you downloaded from the Parasoft Web site.
  2. Follow the installation program's onscreen instructions to install the application into your preferred directory. The default installation directory is C:\Program Files\Parasoft. See Installation Options for details about prompts that appear when running the installer. 

The default workspace will be added and set to the <USER_HOME_DIR>/parasoft/workspace directory (for example, C:\Users\username\parasoft\soavirt_workspace). The default workspace is preselected in the Select a Workspace dialog when you first start the application. If you select a different workspace, the new workspace will be preselected when you start the application from that point forward.

The command line interface uses the default workspace any time that you do explicitly specify a workspace from the command line (with the -data argument), whether or not you have previously run the command line interface with another workspace.

Windows SmartScreen Filter

Windows 8.x and later ships with a security feature called SmartScreen, which may attempt to prevent you from completing the installation.


Click the More info link and click Run anyway when prompted to allow Windows to complete the installation.

Parasoft software is digitally signed and will not harm your system.

Installation Options

SOAtest has the following additional installation options.


Installing the RootCA will enable browsers to automatically trust any SSL connections that SOAtest makes during recording and playback. If you do not install the RootCA, some browsers will report an error or warning whenever SOAtest attempts to establish an SSL connection during recording and playback against an HTTPS endpoint. These "Trusted Certificate" dialogs usually block the actual page from loading, preventing SOAtest from automating actions in the browser.

During recording and playback, SOAtest pipes all communication between the browser and the server through its own proxy. The proxy must be able to interpret the traffic being sent between the browser and the server. In order to interpret the SSL traffic being sent through the proxy, SOAtest acts as an intermediary, providing SSL credentials to the browser as though it were the server, and providing SSL credentials to the server as though it were the browser. Certificates are used to certify the identity of the entity of the endpoints. If you enable this installation option, SOAtest will use the SOAtest Web Root Certificate Authority certificate to sign every certificate that the SOAtest proxy creates when establishing SSL connections between the browser and the proxy.


Double-click the SOAtest & Virtualize desktop icon or choose Programs > Parasoft > SOAtest & Virtualize <VERSION> from the Windows Start menu to start SOAtest & Virtualize.

You must have a valid license before you can use SOAtest, Virtualize, or Load Test.

See Licensing for additional information.

Installing a SOAVirt Server Windows Service

You can install a Windows Service for SOAVirt Server. To do so:

  1. Go to the <SOAVIRT_INSTALL_DIR>\service directory and update the startVirtualizeServer.bat to specify your desired workspace directory and your settings file (if any). For more information about configuring your settings file, see Configuring Settings.
  2. Run a Windows command prompt as an administrator and change directories to <SOAVIRT_INSTALL_DIR>\service.
  3. Run the installVirtualizeService.bat script.

When run, the script will create an executable (ParasoftVirtualizeServer.exe) in the SOAVIRT installation directory for the Windows Services Manager to use, then configure a new Windows Service called ParasoftVirtualizeServer with the Services display name of "Parasoft Virtualize Server" and a Startup Type of "Automatic," then start the service. After the service is started, the SOAVirt server will be automatically started in a few minutes.

ParasoftVirtualizeServer logs are stored in the <SOAVIRT_INSTALL_DIR>/service/logs folder.

If you would like to change any of the default arguments passed to server (for example, the HTTP server port), modify the startVirtualizeServer.bat script.

To remove the service, run the uninstallVirtualizeServer.bat script in the <SOAVIRT_INSTALL_DIR>/service directory as an administrator.

Upgrades and Updates

See Upgrades and Updates

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