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This topic explains how to install the Eclipse-based standalone version of SOAtest, as well as Parasoft Load Test, on a Windows system.

For details on service pack installation, see the Updating SOAtest with a Service Pack.

In this section:

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.

System Requirements


32-bit or 64-bit (x86_64) processor with at least 2 cores


Java 8 or higher


At least 1 GB RAM (2 GB is recommended); Load Test might require more for high loads


The following versions are supported:

  • Windows Server: 2008, 2012, or 2016
  • Windows 7, 8.x, or 10


To install:

  1. Run the setup executable that you downloaded from the Parasoft Web site.
  2. Follow the installation program's onscreen instructions. See Installation Options below for details on specific installation options.

After you have completed the installation program, SOAtest will be installed on your machine. SOAtest will be installed in the specified installation directory.

The default workspace will be set to <user_home_dir>/parasoft/workspace (e.g., C:\Users\username\parasoft\soatest_workspace)

This default workspace is preselected in the Select a Workspace dialog when you first start SOAtest. If you select a different workspace, that new workspace will be preselected when you start SOAtest 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.

For details on service pack installation, see  the Service Pack Installation.

Windows 8.x and Higher Installation Note

Due to Windows SmartScreen Filter, you might see the following notice when installing this product:

If so, click More info, then click Run anyway.

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

Installation Options


Options: If you choose to install the RootCA, this will cause Internet Explorer to automatically trust any SSL connections that SOAtest makes during recording and playback. Choosing not to install the Windows 8.x and Higher Installation Note Due to Windows SmartScreen Filter, you might see the following notice when installing this product: If so, click More info, then click Run anyway. Parasoft software is digitally signed and will not harm your system. Windows Standalone Installation RootCA will prompt Internet Explorer to launch a "Trusted Certificate" dialog whenever SOAtest ttempts to establish an SSL connection during recording and playback (e.g., during recording or playing back against an HTTPS endpoint). These "Trusted Certificate" dialogs usually block the actual page from loading, preventing SOAtest from automating actions in the browser (because the user has to manually confirm that they trust each certificate each time a test is run).

Details: 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 Internet Explorer and the proxy.

Load Test as a Service

Options: Allows other Load Test installations on your network to use this Load Test installation as a slave in distributed load tests.

Details: This installs a service within the Services Console that allows other machines running Load Test to use the current machine as a slave in distributed load tests. When Load Test runs, the list of available slave machines is displayed under the Load Test Configuration> Machines node. If desired, these machines can be used to generate extremely large loads and run tests from different hosts on a network. See Running Load Tests on Remote Machines for details.


To start SOAtest:

  • Double-click the SOAtest desktop icon or choose Programs> Parasoft> SOAtest 9.x> SOAtest from the Windows Start menu.

To start Load Test:

  • Double-click the Load Test desktop icon or choose Programs> Parasoft> SOAtest 9.x> Load Test from the Windows Start menu.


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

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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