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How to run Rational Functional Tester without admin rights

Technote (FAQ)


How do you record and playback IBM Rational Functional Tester (RFT) Java scripts as non-administrative user?


Your organisation's policy prescribes that you can only work with RFT as a normal user.


  1. Login as admin user to make the necessary changes.

  2. Set full access rights to the following directories and all their contents and subcontents..
    The 'IBM' part of the All Users\IBM\RFT.
    Your profile:C:\Users\<user_name>.
    The location of your RFT project.
    The location of your RFT workspace

  3. Delete the existing RFT workspace, so that RFT creates a new workspace in the very same folder.

  4. Delete the file: C:\Users\IBM_ADMIN\AppData\Roaming\IBM\RFT\rational_ft.pref .

  5. Create a folder and give full access right to the RFT users.
    For example:

  6. Open
    C:\Program Files\IBM\SDP\configuration\config.ini

  7. Add the following line at the end of the file. In this example:

    osgi.configuration.area =C\:\\ibm

  8. Save the file and log off from Windows.

  9. Log in as a normal user

  10. You will see that all configuration folders are created in the c:\ibm and that an .eclipse folder is absent in the All Users folder or any other location.

  11. Start RFT from the command-line, with the -clean option.

    "C:\Program Files\IBM\SDP\eclipse.exe -product -clean"


  • To use Configuring Applications for testing as a non-admin user, you need full rights to the following file. In this file RFT stores the application enablement.

    C:\Users\All Users\IBM\RFT\configuration\configurations.rftcfg

  • RFT and the other Rational Testing Tools are designed for users who are comfortable to work with administrator rights.

Document information

More support for: Rational Functional Tester

Software version: 8.2.1,, 8.2.2,, 8.3,,, 8.5,, 8.5.1,,,

Operating system(s): Windows

Reference #: 1574927

Modified date: 21 November 2014