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Rational Functional Tester Fix Pack 3 ( for 8.6



IBM Rational Functional Tester has been made generally available and contains fixes to version 8.6 including all predecessor fix packs.

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Sections Description

The Change history section provides an overview on what is new in this release with a description of any new functions or enhancements when applicable.

The How critical is this fix section provides information related to the impact of this release to allow you to assess how your environment may be affected.

The Prerequisites section provides important information to review prior to the installation of this release.

The Download package section provides the direct link to obtain the download package for installation in your environment.

The Installation instructions section provides the installation instructions necessary to apply this release into your environment.

The Known side effects section contains a link to the known problems (open defects) identified at the time of this release.

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Click to review the detailed system requirements information for a complete list of hardware requirements, supported operating systems, prerequisites and optional supported software, with component-level details and operating system restrictions.

IBM Knowledge Center provides an entry point to product documentation. You can view, browse, and search online information related to the product.

Click to review a complete list of the defects (APARs) resolved in this release including a list of resolved defects for the entire version family.

Find technical developer content and resources.


Prerequisites include:

Version of IBM Installation Manager required: IBM Installation Manager 1.7.2 or later.

Installation Instructions

Review the installation page in the IBM Knowledge Center.

Additional considerations:

Accessing Help

Rational Functional Tester help is included with the product. You can also connect to the site and access the information center help. Review Accessing help in Rational Functional Tester versions 8.2.2 and later in the IBM Knowledge Center for more details.

Note: It is recommended that you access Knowledge Center help from the website. After installing Rational Functional Tester version, complete the following steps:

  1. Start Rational Functional Tester.
  2. Click Window and then click Preferences.
  3. In the Preferences dialog box, expand Help in the left panel, and then click Content.
  4. In the Content page, select the RFT Knowledge Center row and then click Enable.
  5. Click Apply and then click OK.
  6. Restart Rational Functional Tester, and view the help.

Installing Rational Functional Tester .NET 2010 help

If you have installed Rational Functional Tester with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 .NET Integration, you must install Rational Functional Tester Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 .NET help manually:

  1. Open Rational Functional Tester, click Help and then click Manage Help Settings.
    This opens the Visual Studio Help Library Manager.
  2. Select the Install content from disk option.
  3. Click Browse and select the helpcontentsetup.msha file that is available by default in the Rational Functional Tester installation directory\IBM\SDP\FunctionalTester\vsnet\MSDNHelp\VS2010 directory. The help manifest files for other translations are found within the locale folders available in the VS2010 directory. Click Next.
  4. Select RFT and click Add. The Update button is enabled.
  5. Click Update. You are prompted to confirm the installation. Click Yes. The Rational Functional Tester .NET help is installed as local help for Visual Studio 2010.

Note: To view the Rational Functional Tester .NET Scripting help in the Visual Studio 2010 IDE, you must enable the local help option in the Help Library Manager.

Tip: To view the complete table of contents of the installed local help in the Visual Studio 2010 IDE, install the Visual Studio Help Keyword Index plug-in that is available from the Microsoft website. Alternatively, you can upgrade to Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 to view help in the Microsoft Help Viewer.

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If you are entitled for Rational Functional Tester and need to download your software from Passport Advantage, perform the following steps:

  1. Logon to Passport Advantage.
  2. Select Software Downloads and Media Access.
  3. Select the Download Finder.
  4. Select Find by description or part number.
  5. Select the Product Description and All radio buttons and enter Rational Functional Tester in the description field.
  6. Select Continue.
  7. Expand the eAssemblies and you will see your entitled software.

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Fix Central provides fixes and updates for your system's software, hardware, and operating system.

How critical is this fix?

Impact Assessment
Impact Description

This is a maintenance release. It contains fixes for client-reported and internally found defects.


Regression: An error in the Maintenance Delivery Vehicle (MDV) that produces incorrect or unexpected behavior causing a supported feature to stop functioning as designed.
This includes:

  • Coding errors that cause a regression
  • Documentation or packaging problems that cause a regression
  • Errors reported in a new function delivered in a MDV that cause a regression

Incomplete: An error in the MDV has not regressed, but does not work as designed.
This includes:

  • Fixed APARs which did not solve the original problem but did not break anything new
  • APARs reporting documentation errors, such as readme errors, that cause problems applying an MDV but do not lead to a regression

  • Regression and incomplete APARs are considered fix-in-error or MDV-in-error
  • Definitions above apply only to valid APARs that result in product fixes (APARs returned as working-as-designed are not assessed for being fix-in-error)
  • Issues in major releases due to new functionality do not apply in this definition

There are no known regressions to report.

Problems Solved

Defects resolved

Click the Fix List link in the table of contents above to review a list of the problems solved in this release.

Known Side Effects

Review the following list of known issues and open defects:

Open defects

Review the following list of open defects for Rational Functional Tester on the IBM Support Portal.

Review technote 1461170: Open APARs for Rational products available on the Web for information on how to configure your MyNotifications subscription account and subscribe to the APARs you are interested in following.

Known Limitations

There are some limitations in using IBM Rational Functional Tester when Oracle Java 1.8 installed on the test computer is associated with Microsoft Internet Explorer. For more information, see technote 1699007.

To enable Google Chrome for testing, the extension must be installed from Chrome Web Store For more information, see technote 1699063.

IBM JRE 1.7 and Sun JRE 1.7 are supported on Mozilla Firefox 3.6 - Mozilla Firefox 17 ESR, only if the test environment is enabled automatically. From Mozilla Firefox 18 onwards, this limitation does not hold.

Adobe Flex support

Testing Flex applications is supported only on 32-bit browsers.,/p>

Flex applications is not supported on Mozilla Firefox 17.0 and above.

Testing Flex applications is not supported on Google Chrome browsers.

While taking a data verification point on multiple selected elements of a Flex list control, all the selected values are not picked up.

Insert Test Object does not work for Flex and SparkFormControl.

It is not possible to play back actions that are recorded on the vertical scroll bar of a SparkList.

Microsoft Silverlight support:

Rational FunctionalTester supports recording Silverlight applications only on 32 bit Internet Explorer.

Microsoft .NET 4.5 support:

Recording actions on the drop-down list of a RibbonFilterMenu is not supported.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate support:

This limitation only applies to 64-bit version of Windows.

If you face any errors related to the loading of the package while creating a project in Rational Functional Tester, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Integration, use the following workarounds:

Download and install any missing dependencies (for example, msvcp80.dll and msvcr80.dll). For details, see the technote: Rational Functional Tester integration with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 does not work as expected

If that does not help solve the problem, use the following workaround:

Close Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate.

Open the command prompt. The default location is C:\Windows\SysWOW64\cmd.exe.

Change to the vsnet directory. The default location is C:\Program Files(x86)\IBM\SDP\FunctionalTester\vsnet.

Type regedit RftVsNet.reg

In the message dialog box, click Yes to continue.

Change to the vsnet\bin subdirectory.

Type regsvr32 RftVs10.dll A success message appears.

Open the Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Integration.

Create a project.

PDF 9.0, 10.0 and 11.0 file testing support:

When you record on the Reader toolbar buttons in Adobe Reader 10.0 and 11.0, the action is recorded as click(atPoint(x,y)).

When you record on a PDF file that is opened in a Mozilla Firefox browser, you must first record actions in the browser and then begin the recording on the PDF file.

Playback fails when only the find() API is used to locate objects. As a workaround, click the captured object first and then play back.

In Rational Functional Tester Microsoft Studio Integration, the PDF crashes during the playback, following a few clicks.

Other limitations and workarounds:

If you are using JRE 1.6 Update 17 or later, and you want to open the Verification Point Comparator from the detailed playback log of a script that was played back from Rational Qualiy Manager, you must disable the next-generation plug-in on the workstation where you are opening the Comparator.

Change History

What's new

You can use IBM Rational Functional Tester plug-in for IBM UrbanCode Deploy to continuously initiate the launch of functional tests. For more information see the Knowledge Center topic: Running scripts in Urbancode Deploy.

Rational Functional Tester is available as an installable product package with IBM Rational Test Workbench. This extension provides functional test capability through the test workbench.

A new preference has been added to the Chrome extension to "Enable Initialization Screen". The option is enabled by default. The option setting is used to decide if the initialization screen is to be shown or not.

Support is provided for applications that use Java 8, as well as the Java 8 runtime.

Click the link in the Download Options column:

Download RELEASE DATE LANGUAGE SIZE(Bytes) Download Options
What is Fix Central(FC)?
Rational Functional Tester 13 Mar 2015 English 1 FC

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Document information

More support for: Rational Functional Tester

Component: Installation

Software version:

Operating system(s): Linux, Windows

Reference #: 4039151

Modified date: 20 July 2018