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Rational Functional Tester is unable to record objects in the Java application

Technote (troubleshooting)


This technote explains how to configure IBM® Rational® Functional Tester (RFT) to be able to record objects in the Java application.


The application's startup batch file referenced its own JRE required to run that Java Application. The Record Monitor does not display anything during the recording. All JDKs and JREs (local or LAN) must be configured and enabled to work with Rational Functional Tester.

Resolving the problem

When a JRE is enabled, RFT looks in your Java environment for the "jre/lib" directory (it might be jre/1.x/lib), then the "\ext" directory. If it does not exist it will create it. This includes adding Functional Tester classes to the JRE and modifying the file, which tells Java to load Functional Tester classes when it runs a Java application.

To resolve this issue, use the "Add" button from Configure -> Enable Environments > Java Environments to locate a new directory.

Once the environment is added, select the "Enable" button.

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Document information

More support for: Rational Functional Tester
Test Environments

Software version: 6.1,, 6.1.1,,, 7.0,,

Operating system(s): Windows

Reference #: 1133486

Modified date: 27 October 2010