Applies to ReadyAPI 3.52, last modified on April 18, 2024


WS-Addressing is a standard way of including message routing data in SOAP request headers. WS-Addressing is used to guarantee message delivery. When using it, you include the request destination in a SOAP header to always deliver your messages successfully. You can find more information on the website.

When importing a WSDL, ReadyAPI tries to extract information that relates to WS-Addressing, including the policies and the default wsa:Action values. If WS-Addressing is detected, it is automatically enabled for requests with the correct version and headers.

If ReadyAPI does not detect WS-A metadata correctly, or you want to enable it manually, use the WS-A Version property to specify the version to use:

SOAP API testing: WSDL WS-Addressing properties

Configuring WS-Addressing

To enable WS-Addressing, go to the request editor and open the WS-A panel. In the panel, select Enable WS-A addressing. ReadyAPI will automatically specify the parameters based on your request information. You can then configure other parameters.

Note: All the fields of the WS-Addressing panel support property expansions, so you can easily pull values from properties defined at a higher level in your project.
SOAP API testing: The WS-Addressing panel

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Option Description
Enable WS-A

If selected, WS-Addressing is enabled for the request.

Must understand

If true, the server must be able to understand the header content to receive messages. Otherwise, the server does not need to understand the header.

WS-A Version

The WS-A version used for the request.

Add default wsa:Action

Commands ReadyAPI to use the default wsa:Action value.


Specifies a custom wsa:Action value.

Add default wsa:To

Commands ReadyAPI to use the default wsa:To value.


Specifies a custom wsa:To value.

Reply To

Specifies an endpoint for replies to the message.

ReplyTo Reference Parameters

The parameters associated with the endpoint that will be added to the ReplyTo value.

Generate MessageID

Generates a random MessageID value.


A custom MessageID value.


The client the message is sent from. Provides a value for the source endpoint property.

Fault To

The intended receiver of error messages. Provides a value for the fault endpoint property.

Fault To Reference Parameters

The parameters associated with the endpoint that will be added to the FaultTo value.

Relates To

The message to which this message relates.

Relationship type

The type of WS-A Relationships between messages.

isReferenceParameter attribute

If selected, the request is expected to have reference parameters in its body.

Reference Parameters

The reference parameters to add to the request if the isReferenceParameter option is selected.

Using WS-Addressing

Below is an example of configured WS-Addressing. The example uses the default wsa:Action, wsa:To and wsa:MessageId headers.

SOAP API testing: The WSDL WS-Addressing inspector: Example

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When you send a request, the following information is displayed in the the raw request view.

SOAP API testing: WS-Addressing inspector. The Raw view

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See Also

About WS-Security

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