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Tab Description
HTTP Settings Set properties specific to HTTP protocol (protocol version, User-Agent header, request and response compression etc.).
Proxy Settings Define proxy server (host, port, username, password and excludes). Also this is where user specify whether proxy is in use or not.
SSL Settings Define keystore, and Mock service SSL parameters.
WSDL Settings Define WSDL specific properties.
UI Settings Define user interface properties (backup, autosave, look & feel, items ordering in a tree, tooltips visibility, garbage collection interval etc.).
Editor Settings Set various editor properties like font, line numbers visibility, request and response validation etc.
Tools Define external tools executables. To run tools from the Tools main application menu, their executables must be defined here.
WS-I Settings Define WS-I tools properties.
Global Properties Define custom global application properties.
Global Security Settings Define password for shadowing proxy password in settings file.
WS-A Settings Define parameters related to web services addressing.
Global Sensitive Information Tokens Regular expressions for sensitive information in messages.
Version Update Settings Settings for automatic update of SoapUI.
AlertSite Connector Settings Settings for AlertSite Plugin.

HTTP Settings


Option Description
HTTP Version Selects the HTTP version
User-Agent Header Sets the HTTP User-Agent Header. If none is specified the default HttpClient header is used
Request Compression Selects the request compression type
Response Compression Indicates if compressed responses from hosts are accepted
Disable Response Decompression Disables decompression of compressed responses
Close connections after request Disables HTTP Keep-Alives by requesting to close the HTTP connection after each request. This will have a negative impact on performance but may give more realistic values during load testing
Chunking Threshold Using content-chunking for requests larger than thresholds, blank to disable
Authenticate Preemptively Send Authentication headers with each request without first receiving an authentication challenge. This is a potential security hazard but will improve performance since only one request will be required for authenticated endpoints instead of two
Expect-Continue Adds Expect-Continue header to outgoing request.For further info on this feature check rfc 2616
Preencoded Endpoints Do not URL-encode endpoints, set this if your endpoint URLs are already URL-encoded (containing for example %20 or %3A)
Bind Address The local address to bind to when sending requests, can be overridden on a request level (with the corresponding request property) and on a system level by setting the soapui.bind.address system variable.
Include request in time taken Includes the time it took to write the request in time-taken
Include response in time taken Includes the time it took to read the response body in time-taken
Socket Timeout The socket timeout for HTTP requests in milliseconds
Max Response Size The maximum number of bytes to read from a response (0 = unlimited)
Max Connections Per Host The maximum number of simultaneous connections to a specific host. Increase this value if you are running LoadTests with more than 500 threads on a particular host.
Max Total Connections The total maximum number of connections. Increase this value if you are running LoadTests with more than 2000 threads.
Leave MockEngine Will leave the MockEngine running even when all MockServices have stopped resulting in much faster startup-times for new MockServices and 404 errors when trying to call a stopped MockService (instead of connection failure)
Enable Mock HTTP Log Logs wire content of all mock requests. Selecting this option will degrade Mock Engine performance marginally and may require restart to enable or disable.

Proxy Settings

The Proxy Settings tab

Option Description
Proxy setting How the proxy is determined. Automatic tries to automatically determine proxy by looking at Java settings, environment variables, browser settings and operating system settings. None turns off the proxy. Manual uses the host, port and excludes entered below.
Host The HTTP Proxy host to use (only applicable for manual proxy).
Port The HTTP Proxy port to use (only applicable for manual proxy).
Excludes A comma-separated list of hosts to exclude, for example "," will not use a proxy for on port 8080 and on any port (only applicable for manual proxy).
Username The username sent for proxy authentications
Password The password sent for proxy authentications

SSL Settings

The SSL Settings tab

Option Description
KeyStore Path to the keyStore to use when locating client certificates
KeyStore password the keyStore password
Enable Mock SSL Enables SSL support for MockServices
Mock Port The port for SSL connections
Mock KeyStore The keystore to use for SSL certificates
Mock Password The keystore password
Mock Key Password The default keys password
Mock TrustStore The truststore to use (optional)
Mock TrustStore Password The truststore password
Client Authentication Indicates if client authentication is required

WSDL Settings

The WSDL Setting tab

Option Description
Cache WSDLs Turns on and off caching of WSDL's (Read Reference Caching Definitions
Sample Values Generates example values in requests when creating from schema
Type Comment Generates comments with type information in new requests
Include Optional Always includes optional elements in generated requests
Pretty Print Pretty prints response messages in response editor
Attachment Parts Generates part-elements in request messages for mime-attachments in RPC messages (required by some ws-stacks)
No Content-Type Validation Does not validate the content-type of a mime-attachment against the type(s) specified in the SOAP-Binding
Schema Directory Specifies a directory containing schema (.xsd) files that should be automatically added when parsing or validating wsdl or requests. Changing the contents of this directory requires a restart.
Name with Binding Tells SoapUI to name imported interfaces with the name of their corresponding soap/http binding, and not with their portType (Read Reference Interfaces). This ensures that WSDL containing bindings for both SOAP 1.1 and SOAP 1.2 will get unique names during import. This setting defaults to true.
Excluded Types A list of XML-Schema types and global elements in the form of name@namespace which will be used when generating sample requests and responses and input forms in the ReadyAPI Form editor. By default the XML-Schema root element is added since it is quite common in .NET services and generates a sample xml fragment of about 300 kb!.
Strict Schema Types Check this to not allow schema type redefinitions in included/imported xsd:s for a specific WSDL (default behavior in versions prior to 1.7.5)
Compression Limit The minimum message size to compress in the SoapUI project file for preserving space. Compression is performed with gzip and the result is base64 encoded into the project file. For large requests, this can save up to 90% file-space, but be aware that the requests are no longer readable or diffable.
Pretty Print Project Files Pretty prints project files when they are saved, which makes it easier to work with a source-control system (diffing, etc...). Be aware that when selecting this option the size of the project files will increase substantially and also cached WSDLs and XSDs will be pretty-printed.

UI Settings


Option Description
Close Projects Closes all projects at startup for improved startup-time and less memory consumption.
Order Projects Sorts Projects in alphabetical order in the navigator.
Order Services Sorts Services in alphabetical order in the navigator.
Order Requests Sorts Requests in alphabetical order in the navigator.
Show Descriptions Show description content when available
Save Projects On Exit Automatically save all projects on exit.
Create Backup Creates a backup copy of a projects project-file before saving.
Backup Folder The folder where to save backups, if relative or empty the folder is relative to the project files folder
Auto Save Interval Sets a project auto save interval (in minutes). If set over 0, SoapUI will automatically save all projects that have no running tests (both Functional and Load) at the specified interval
Desktop Type Selects which desktop layout to use. ReadyAPI adds a Tabbed Desktop (Read Reference Tabbed Desktop ) as an alternative to the default layout. Changing this setting will be applied when closing the preferences dialog.
Native L&F Turns off the use of the default Look & Feel and uses the JRE default instead. Requires a restart.
Do not disable Groovy Log Keeps the groovy log active during LoadTests, which can be useful for debugging, etc.
Show Log Tabs Expands the log tabs when starting SoapUI.
Show Startup Page Opens startup web page when starting SoapUI.
Disable Tooltips Disables all tooltips
Normalize Line-Break Normalize line-breaks when saving project
Garbage Collection Interval Sets the Garbage Collector interval in seconds (o means the garbage collection is only performed by JRE)
Size of Raw Response Message Sets the size of raw response message to show
Size of Raw Request Message Sets the size of raw request message to show
Wrap content in Raw Message Viewers Wraps the content in Raw Message Viewer
Disable Usage Statistics Defines if anonymous usage statistics are to be sent or not.

Editor Settings

The Editor Settings tab

Option Description
Editor Font The font to be used by all XML Editors. The "Select Font" button opens a dialog for selecting the desired font and size.
XML Line Numbers Shows line-numbers by default in all XML-Editors (use Alt-L in editors to toggle).
Groovy Line Numbers Shows line-numbers by default in all Groovy-Editors (use Alt-L in editors to toggle).
Disable auto-resize Disables automatic resizing of request/response editors.
Tabbed Request view Sets the tab-layout as the default layout for request/response editors (Read Reference Requests).
Validate Requests Turns on automatic validation of requests before they are submitted from a request editor. The validation performed is the same as when pressing Alt-V in the editor.
Abort on Invalid Enabled in conjunction with "Validate Requests", if selected any requests that fail validation will not be submitted.
Validate Responses Turns on automatic validation of response messages when they are received in a response editor. The validation performed is the same as when pressing Alt-V in the editor.


The Tools tab

Option Description
JBossWS wstools Location of JBossWS wstools
JAX-RPC WSCompile Location of JAX-RPC wscompile
JAX-WS WSImport Location of JAX-WS wsimport
Axis 1.X Location of Axis 1.X
Axis 2.X Location of Axis 2.X
.NET 2.0 wsdl.exe Location of .NET 2.0 wsdl.exe
XFire 1.X Location of XFire 1.X
CXF 2.X Location of CXF 2.X
ANT 1.6+ Location of Apache ANT 1.6.5 or later
GSoap Location of GSoap 2.X
JAXB xjc Location of JAXB xjc
XmlBeans 2.X Location of XmlBeans 2.X
JDK 1.5 javac Location of JDK 1.5 javac
Apache TcpMon Location of TcpMon directory
Oracle wsa.jar Location of Oracle wsa.jar
WADL2Java Location of WADL2Java script
Hermes JMS Location of Hermes JMS

WS-I Settings

The WS-I Settings tab

Option Description
Verbose Sets verbose output of WS-I tools
Profile WS-I Profile
Correlation Header for correlation between encrypted and unecrypted messages.
Message Entry Shows message entries in report
Failure Message Includes defined failure messages in report
Assertion Description Includes description of each test assertion in report
Tool Location Local path to installed WS-I test tools
Show Log Shows Log window when running WS-I tools
Output Folder If specified, generated HTML reports will automatically be exported to this folder, which is required when running ws-i validation from the command-line or one of the Maven plug-ins

Global Properties

The Global Properties tab

Option Description
Global Properties Table (Read Reference Properties)
Enable Override Enables overriding of any property-reference with global properties

Global Security Settings

The Global Security Settings tab

Option Description
Password Password for shadowing proxy password in settings file

WS-A Settings

The WS-A Settings tab

Option Description
Soap Action Overrides WS-S Action If present in the WSDL soap action overrides wsa:Action
Use default RelationshipType Indicates using default 'reply' for RelationshipType as specified in Message Addressing Properties
Use default RelatesTo Indicates using default 'unspecified' for RelatesTo as specified in Message Addressing Properties
Override existing headers Indicates replacing/skipping(if unchecked) already existing headers
Enable for optional Addressing policy Enables WS Addressing for Policy Addressing Assertion attribute Optional="true" (see the WS-Policy Assertions specification)

Global Sensitive Information Tokens

The Global Sensitive Information Tokens tab

Option Description
Token The token can either contain a plain string or a regular expression prefixed with a ~ tilde sign (to separate it from a plain string)
Description A description that will be shown in the Security Log if the corresponding token is found.

 Version Update Settings

The Version Update Settings tab

Option Description
Check for new versions. Automatically updates SoapUI when a newer version is available.

AlertSite Connector Settings

The AlertSite Connector Plugin

Option Description
Refresh API Status frequency Automatically updates the status of the API:s with the frequency. 

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