This topic explains how to install SOAtest from a Eclipse p2 update site. This process applies to the SOAtest standalone installation, which is built on Eclipse, as well as the SOAtest Eclipse plugin. 

SOAtest - 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. 


When installing from the update site, you need to install the Eclipse Graphical Editing Framework (GEF). You can download and install Eclipse GEF from

  1. Launch Eclipse/SOAtest, then choose Help> Install New Software.
  2. Add the p2 update site zip file as follows:
    1. Click the Add button. An Add Site dialog will open.
    2. In the dialog’s Name field, type Parasoft.
    3. To the right of the Location field, click the Archive button, then browse to the appropriate zip file (obtained via your Parasoft representative).
    4. Click OK. The Install panel will display the available features.
  3. Select the features that you want to install, then click Next and follow the prompts to complete the installation process.
  4. (Recommended) Restart Eclipse/SOAtest.

When installing Parasoft SOAtest from the p2 update site on Windows, it is necessary to run the .bat script named soatest_install.bat.This script is installed into the eclipse directory of the Eclipse installation into which you installed the update site. It script registers some dlls that are needed for web functional testing using Internet Explorer. It  executes tasks that are normally completed by the Parasoft installers, but are not supported by the p2 update site.

This script must be run as administrator.

Mac OS Installation Using the Eclipse Installer

If you have installed Eclipse on Mac using the Eclipse installer, you will need to start Eclipse from the command line before using the update site.

You must install a license before you begin using Load Test or SOAtest!

 See Licensing for details on configuring your license.

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