SoapUI Married with Selenium

This includes the steps to add up Selenium related libraries to be added to the SOAPUI installation

Step-by-step guide to Setup Selenium Library

  1. Download selenium-server-standalone.jar which includes the Selenium Related libraries.
  2. Copy And paste the downloaded jar file to the SOAPUI installation path, ext folder .
    Path : \ bin \ ext
  3. Download the phantomjs.exe Version-2.0 and Paste the exe file in  \bin\ext directory
  4. Restart Ready-API.

With the above steps, you have added the Selenium library against your SOAPUI installation.

Why do we need a Selenium Library.

  1. There may be instances where we may require to interact with UI to get some data for API automation.
    e.g getting Session-id for automating secure API automation.
  2. Cases to perform end to end testing.

The Script Library to get the SessionID:

I have developed the following Class which will get the the SessionId in headless mode or ghost/daemon mode.

We call it as headless mode or ghost/daemon mode because this program actually runs in the background without a user interface or simply the browser won’t show up when running this test.

import org.openqa.selenium.By;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebElement;
import java.util.concurrent.TimeUnit;
import org.openqa.selenium.remote.DesiredCapabilities;
import org.openqa.selenium.phantomjs.PhantomJSDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.phantomjs.PhantomJSDriverService;
class Headlessdriver {
    String session (String url, String username, String password) {
    DesiredCapabilities caps = new DesiredCapabilities();
    caps.setCapability("phantomjs.binary.path", "ext\\phantomjs.exe");
    String[] args = [ "--ignore-ssl-errors=yes" ];
    caps.setCapability(PhantomJSDriverService.PHANTOMJS_CLI_ARGS, args);
    //System.setProperty("", ".//chromedriver.exe");
    WebDriver driver = new PhantomJSDriver(caps);
    driver.manage().timeouts().implicitlyWait(60L, TimeUnit.SECONDS);
    // Sign in on the CAS login page
    String sessionIdFull = driver.manage().getCookieNamed("sessionId").toString();
    String SessionId = sessionIdFull.split("; ")[0];
    return SessionId;

Save this script as “Headlessdriver.groovy”.

One interesting option in SoapUI is you can define your own script libraries for external groovy scripts.

By default the Script Library points to “\bin\scripts”

You can see that by going to File->Preferences->Ready! API->Script Library

But if you are using source control, then it will be convenient for you to check in the external groovy scripts inside your project.

So what I have done is, I have created a directory called “Scripts” inside my project. Now you can change the above preferences to point the scripts located in your script library.

But in the recent versions, you have to configure this in your Project Level also using relative path.

Click on you “Project” Go to “Project Properties” tab and Change “Resource Root” to “${projectDir}”

Change “Script Library” to “${projectDir}\API-Tests\Scripts”

How do we Call this Script inside our SoapUI test cases?

You can Call this Script from your “Test Case SetUp” or in your “Test Suite SetUp” or from “Groovy Script Test Step”.

def groovyUtils = new context );
String url = context.expand( '${#Project#AuthenticateRequestURL}' )
String username = "yourusername";
String password = "yourpassword";
Obj = new Headlessdriver();
String session = Obj.session(url, username, password);
//When Calling from SetUp
testSuite.setPropertyValue("SessionId", session);
//When Calling from Groovy Script Test Step
testRunner.testCase.testSuite.setPropertyValue("SessionId", session); 

The above script will create/update a Property called “SessionId” in the your Test Suite.

You can use this Session information in your header for hitting Secured API’s.

Create a Header Named “Cookie” with Value ${#TestSuite#SessionId} in your SoapUI `http requests.


6 thoughts on “SoapUI Married with Selenium

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  2. Linkesh Kanna Velu Post author

    Hi Arjun,

    If you save your script in the “Scripts” directory of SoapUI/Ready API installation directory,
    SoapUI will automatically pick that up while running. The absolute path is,
    “C:\Program Files\SmartBear\ReadyAPI-1.2.2\bin\scripts\”

    If you want to use your custom path for “Scripts” directory, Save it anywhere and follow the points below.

    1. Click on your SoapUI Project-
    2.Update “Script Library” Property to point your “Scripts” directory.

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  3. armatearjun


    I am very new to soapUI but in my company there is an requirement to do the same, but i am confused here, please help me…

    U have mentioned as “Save this script as “Headlessdriver.groovy”.” where i need to save the same? Somewhere in soapUI installed location or do i need to create a java project in eclipse and save it some where else, and u have mentioned as groovy script is JAVA not supported with this??

    so i am confused… can u please elaborate the post and explain in detail so that everybody will be helpful..

    help will be highly appreciated… Thanks in advance…

    Arjun B M


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