The SOAP Client tool sends messages to SOAP servers. 

It can be used to test a Web service, test the communication between the client and server, and check the content of the SOAP messages. You can use the SOAP Client tool to test services with or without a WSDL. This tool is the foundation of most SOA functional test cases.

If you have access to a WSDL, you may want to use the New Test Suite Wizard to automatically generate SOAP Client tests for the service you want to test. For information on this functionality, see Automatic Creation of Test Suites - Overview.

In addition, you can configure SOAtest to report or manipulate the results of any SOAP Client test by adding an appropriate “output” tool. For information on this functionality, see Adding Test Outputs.

To send a message using the SOAP Client tool, you need to specify the message and how to send it by setting parameters in the tool’s configuration panel.

Information on how to configure the different options of the SOAP Client tool can be found in the following subsections:

WSDL Options

Specifying options in the WSDL tab allows you to populate the Request tab with items that make it easier for you to specify the request message. You can specify the following WSDL settings:

The WSDL tab allows you to specify the following WSDL settings:

Request Options

The Request tab allows you to configure the request that you want the tool to send.

From the Request tab of the SOAP Client tool, you can select input modes from the Views drop-down list. The SOAP Client tool shares these options with the Messaging Client tool and Message Stub tool. For more information on these shared options, see Views/Input Modes Overview.

Transport Options

The Transport options allow you to determine whether the client sends requests using HTTP 1.0, HTTP 1.1, JMS, SonicMQ, WebSphere MQ, RMI, SMTP, TIBCO, .NET WCF HTTP, or .NET WCF TCP protocols. To configure the properties of each protocol, select the appropriate protocol from the Transport drop-down list within the Transport tab of the SOAP Client tool.

Copying and Pasting Transport Settings Across Tools

You can copy transport settings from one tool to another.

  1. Select the left-pane setting categories that you want to copy.
  2. Right-click the selection and choose Copy.
  3. Open the same interface for the destination tool.
  4. Right-click in the configuration panel and choose Paste.

For more information, see the following sections:

Attachment Options

The Attachment tab allows you to send either Binary or XML attachments without scripting. To send an attachment, perform the following from the Attachment tab:

  1. Click the Add button. An XML Attachment entry displays in the Attachment table.
  2. Double-click the XML Attachment entry. An Edit Attachments dialog displays.
  3. In the Edit Attachments dialog, select either XML or Binary from the Mode drop-down menu.
  4. Configure the attachment:

WS-Policy Options

The WS-Policy tab is used to keep track of which web services policy the tool is using. It also allows you to switch between policies and update the attached tools based on that policy. 

Update WS-Policy

  1. Enable the Constrain to policies defined in WSDL to enable controls for updating policy configurations.
  2. Click on the EndpointOperation, or Message tab and attach the new policies from your WSDL. The result will be the union of all the alternatives chosen for each subject.
  3. Click Update policy configuration to remove the current policy configuration and add the newly chosen policy configuration.

Misc Options

The following options are available in the Misc tab of the SOAP Client tool:

Related Tutorials

The following tutorial lessons demonstrate how to use this tool: