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A Small Comparison between SoapUI and SOAtest

Before looking at the optional SOA Testing tools, let's understand what is a SOA Test 

SOA is A Service Oriented Architecture, it means  

An architectural pattern in computer design in which application components provide service to other components via a communication protocol, typically over a network.


Understanding this means that it can contain a lot of sub objective testing, like API Testing, Web Services Testing, WSDL testing, Soap Testing...and many more. if its part of the communication or data transfer between components than it is part of the SOA testing.

More from Wikipedia:

The principles of service-orientation are independent of any vendor, product or technology. A service is a self-contained unit of functionality, such as retrieving an online bank statement.  By that definition, a service is an operation that may be discretely invoked. However, in the Web Services Description Language (WSDL), a service is an interface definition that may list several discrete services/operations. And elsewhere, the term service is used for a component that is encapsulated behind an interface. This widespread ambiguity is reflected in what follows. 
Services can be combined to provide the functionality of a large software application. SOA makes it easier for software components on computers connected over a network to cooperate. Every computer can run any number of services, and each service is built in a way that ensures that the service can exchange information with any other service in the network without human interaction and without the need to make changes to the underlying program itself.


Ensuring API integrity with an enterprise-level solution has become a vital part of the quality assurance process. We will try to compare in this article between two tools: SoapUI and SOAtest. 



SoapUI is a free and open source cross-platform Functional Testing solution. With a graphical interface, and enterprise-class features, soapUI allows to create and execute automated functional, regression, compliance, and load tests. In a single test environment, soapUI provides complete test coverage and supports all the standard protocols and technologies. There are simply no limits to what you can do with your tests. 

An API testing application and framework for SOA and REST. Its functionality covers much more than only API testing — with this app you can do web service inspection, invoking, development, simulation and mocking, functional testing, and load and compliance testing. It’s possible to create test cases using graphical user interfaces or in an embedded fashion with either Apache Ant or Apache Maven. it is an opensource but it also come in a commercial version (pro), which includes more functionalities like: test debugging, data-driven testing, test coverage among others.

so, its main advantages are:

  1. Free version 
  2. An excellent tool to get started with web service testing
  3. Very Intuitive and interactive user interface, which helps you to establish web service functional testing and performance testing.
  4. For Advance user, there is scripting abilities for more complex tasks.



Parasoft SOAtest helps QA teams ensure secure, reliable, compliant business applications with an intuitive interface to create, maintain and execute end-to-end testing scenarios. It was built from the ground up to reduce the complexities inherent in complex, distributed applications. Automate complete end-to-end testing for business and security-critical transactions. Parasoft SOAtest is an  enterprise-grade solution for API testing and API integrity. Thoroughly test composite applications with robust support for REST and web services, plus an industry-leading 120+ protocols/message types.

Verify all aspects of a web service, from WSDL validation, to functional testing of the client and servers and performance testing. SOAtest addresses key web service issues such as interoperability, security, change management, and scalability. The user is able to simulate the behavior of dependencies using a virtualization service and environment manager browser-based interface.

Its main advantages are :

  1. High Documentation level and customer support
  2. Wide environmental support for platforms and technologies
  3. wide protocol support (REST, JSON, PoX, SOAP, TIBCO, and more)
  4. High Intgrate-ability, which include Parasoft Environment Manager, HP ALM Center, Rational TestManager, Microsoft VSTS, and more commercial or internally-built frameworks to manage tests and execution results



SoapUI vs. SOAtest


SOA testing

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Title Testing Objectives Since Price Quotes Ping
TOSCA Testsuite DataBase testing, Data Warehouse Testing, Desktop testing, Mobile Testing, Pair-Wise Analysis, SAP Testing, Server testing, SOA testing, Test Cases Statistics, Web testing 2,008 Call Manufacturer for details Active
Rational Integration Tester SOA testing 2,012 2016 - IBM Rational Test Workbench Authorized User Single,Fixed Term License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months = $6410 Active
Parasoft SOAtest API testing, Banking Process validation, DataBase testing, Interoperability testing, Stress Testing, Message testing, Performance Analysis, Protocol Testing, Security Testing, SOA testing, Web Monitoring, Web testing, Cross-Browser testing 2,002 Call manufacturer for more details Active
Citrus Integration Testing Protocol Testing, SOA testing, Web testing 2,014 Free Use Active
JSystem Desktop testing, SOA testing, Web testing 2,011 Free Use Active
Karate SOA testing, Web Services, Payload Validation, Web testing 2,016 Not Published Active
LoadRunner Desktop testing, Image Based Testing, Java testing, Load Capabilities, SAP Testing, SOA testing, Web testing 2,000 Free for Unlimited Time - Available with 50 Virtual Users (VUsers), Community edition : Free, Virtual User days : $0.56 per virtual user day Active
Rapise API testing, Desktop testing, Object Based Testing, Mobile Testing, SOA testing, Web Services, Web testing, Cross-Browser testing 2,009 2016: Single license per $1000 Active
TestMagic Desktop testing, Mobile Testing, Server testing, SOA testing, Web testing 2,009 Active
JMeter API testing, Load Capabilities, Stress Testing, Network testing, Performance Analysis, Server testing, SOA testing, Web testing 1,999 Free Use Active
OpKey Desktop testing, Mobile Testing, Server testing, SOA testing, Web testing, Cross-Browser testing 2,006 2016: Cloud-free - free, 2016: Cloud-Lite - $50/month Active
SoapUI API testing, DataBase testing, Load Capabilities, Network testing, Protocol Testing, SOA testing, Web testing 2,006 March 2015 - SOAP-UI : Free Use, March 2015 - SoapUI NG Pro : $499/Year, March 2015 - Floating license - Contact manufacturer for details Active
Httest Security Testing, Network testing, SOA testing, Web testing, Server testing 2,005 Free Use 2014
SoapSonar Security Testing, SOA testing, Web testing, API testing 2,010 July 2015: Personal Edition (Free) Active
RedwoodHQ API testing, Server testing, SOA testing, Web Services, Web testing 2,012 Not Published Active
iMacros API testing, DataBase testing, Desktop testing, Image Comparison, Server testing, SOA testing, Web testing, Cross-Browser testing 2,001 2015: Enterprise Edition - 995 USD per license, 2015: Standart Edition - 495 USD per license, 2015: WebBrowser Component for .NET - 2,995.00 USD per license Active
Loadster Load Capabilities, Stress Testing, Network testing, Performance Analysis, SOA testing, Web testing 2,004 2015: Loadster Cloud-1000 units : $79, 2015: Loadster Cloud-10000 units: $499 , 2015: Loadster Engine 3.x : $699 Active
TestMaker Desktop testing, Performance Analysis, SOA testing, Web testing 2,000 Active
HttpMaster SOA testing, Web Services, Web testing, API testing 2,003 Active
eggPlant Performance Load Capabilities, Stress Testing, Performance Analysis, SOA testing, Web testing 2,008 Active
Runscope API testing, Performance Analysis, SOA testing, Web Services, Web Monitoring, Web testing 2,013 Active
Tsung Protocol Testing, Network testing, Performance Analysis, SOA testing, Web Services, Web testing, Web Monitoring, Server testing, Load Capabilities, Stress Testing, Memory Analysis, Runtime Error Detection, Memory Leak Detection 2,001 Free Use 2015
XML-Simulator SOA testing Not Published Active
Codeception API testing, SOA testing, Web testing 2,012 Free Use Active
StressTester Mobile Testing, Network testing, Performance Analysis, SOA testing, Web testing, Server testing, Message testing, DataBase testing, Database Upgrade Testing, Load Capabilities, Stress Testing 2,003 Nov 2015 : Controller including 25 Virtual Users - $2,049, Nov 2015 : Controller including 100 Virtual Users - $4,950, Nov 2015 : Controller including 500 Virtual Users - $15,939 Active
JTest Metrics Analysis, Web testing, SOA testing, Data Flow Analysis, Code Analysis, Static Code Analysis, Coding Standards verfication, Code Tracability, Code Review, Code Coverage testing, Java testing, API testing 1,996 Active
mPulse Metrics Analysis, Performance Analysis, SOA testing 2,006 July 2015: Lite - Free/ 1 user, July 2015: Pro - $99/month Active
Jelly API testing, SOA testing, Web testing 2,010 Free use Active
Expect Protocol Testing, Server testing, SOA testing, Test Embedded systems, Desktop testing 1,987 Free use 2009
Application Testing Suite SOA testing, Web testing 2,008 Call Manufacturer for details Active
Commercial Tools
Validata MSG Banking Process validation, Message testing, SOA testing 2,004 Active
ns-2 Network testing, SOA testing 2,007 Free Use Active


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