UFT Runtime Engine

Relevant for: GUI tests and components, API testing, and business process tests and flows

The UFTRuntime Engine enables you to run UFT tests (both GUI and API) and business process tests on your computer without installing the entire UFT IDE. In addition, you can also install the Runtime Engine without the Run Results Viewer, UFT Add-in for ALM, sample applications, or Help documentation. This can potentially save you valuable disk space on your computer.

When you run tests with the Runtime Engine, you can access and run the test from a number of different places without the need to open the UFT interface and configure UFT options. When the test runs it runs in the background. At the end of the test run, you can view the test results.

Using the Runtime Engine requires very little experience in using UFT - you do not need to edit tests, change configurations or settings, or understand how to make UFT work with your application. You simply select the test, run the test, and view the run results.

The Runtime Engine can be used in a number of different scenarios:

Running tests and components from ALM You can set up test runs from the Test Lab module in ALM, and run these on a computer using the Runtime Engine. Using the Runtime Engine enables you to run the test, without the need to interact with the UFT interface (such as loading UFT add-ins in the Add-in Manager dialog box).
Running tests from automation: You also can run tests using automation using the Runtime Engine. The Runtime Engine installation enables you to save disk space on the computer running these tests, freeing up system resources on that computer for other tasks
Running tests using the Jenkins plug-in: The Runtime Engine can be installed on a build server or computer running builds of your applications. Using the Jenkins plug-in, you run a UFT test as a post-build action of your application's build process. Having the Runtime Engine installed on this computer to run the UFT test enables you to free up system resources for the important application build tasks.
Running tests using external UFT tools
  • When you install the Runtime Engine, you also have external tools which enable you to run UFT tests locally, including the Test Batch Runner and the Silent Test Runner. These tools enable you to run a test locally against your application as it is developed, and view the results instantly after the test run. Because the Runtime Engine does not enable you to edit a test, this version of the UFT installation can be used by your application's developers and QA on an ongoing basis to provide regular testing of the application throughout the development process.
  • The Runtime Engine also supports all the UFT Add-ins as the the full UFT IDE, so you can run tests using any supported technology using the Runtime Engine. All objects and methods for all UFT Add-ins are supported for use with the Runtime Engine.

    As part of running a test, you can set specific run-time options. These options are set in the Runtime Engine Settings dialog box, available from the Start Menu (Start > All Programs > HPE Software > HPE Unified Functional Testing > Tools > Runtime Engine Settings):

    Add-ins You can specify add-ins to be loaded.
    Run options You can specify how the Runtime Engine runs tests, including the format of the run results, whether the run results are opened automatically after a test run, and if the Runtime Engine takes screen captures or movies of the run session.
    Remote connection options You can specify if other applications are permitted to run tests on this computer using the Runtime Engine or specify how another computer can run tests via Remote Desktop Connection.
    Run result export options You can specify how and what the Runtime Engine should export from the run results after a run session.
    Text Recogition options You can specify how the Runtime Engine works with text in your application when running a GUI test.
    Web and Windows Application options You can specify how the Runtime Engine runs tests for specific scenarios against a Web application or Windows application.

    For details on the Runtime Engine, see the Runtime Engine Guide, found in the UFT Help folder at <UFT installation folder>/Help/UFTRuntimeEngine.pdf.