Release notes for IBM® Rational® Functional Tester

This document contains information about what's new, installation instructions, known problems in and contact information of IBM Customer Support.


Product description

IBM® Rational® Functional Tester is a GUI test automation tool that is used to accelerate the functional and regression testing. It provides a flexible environment to test the desktop and web applications very efficiently. It is used to test a wide range of applications that includes HTML, web, native and hybrid mobile, SAP, Java, Power Builder, and Windows desktop applications. Rational® Functional Tester is available in two integrated development environments (IDE): Eclipse and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET. The Eclipse integration supports both Java and simplified (non-programming) method of scripting while the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET integration supports Microsoft Visual Basic .NET scripting language. See Product overview.

What's New

Deprecated capabilities

You can find information about the capabilities that are deprecated in this release and are planned for a removal in a future release.
Note: You can contact the IBM Support team if you have any concerns.
  • Support for the following operating systems is deprecated:
    • Windows Server 2016
  • Support for the following software are deprecated:
    • Power Builder 12.6
    • .Net Applications 4.6.1
    • Eclipse 4.7 and 4.8
    • Microsoft Visual Studio 2015
    • Docker Compose 1.29
  • Support for the following browser is deprecated:
    • Google Chrome 91 to 96
    • Microsoft Edge 91 and 96
    • Mozilla Firefox (including ESR versions) 89 to 92

Removed capabilities

The following features that were announced in previous releases as deprecated are now removed in this release:
  • Support for the following operating systems is removed:
    • RHEL 8.5
    • Android 10
    • iOS 13
  • Support for the following software is removed:
    • Docker CE 19.3
    • Docker Compose 1.25, 1.26, and 1.27
    • Microsoft Visual Basic 5
    • .Net Applications 3.5, 4, and 4.5.2
    • Appium 1.18, 1.19, and 1.20
    • Rational Quality Manager 6.0.6
    • Rational Team Concert 6.0.6
    • UrbanCode Deploy 6.0.1, 7.0.2,, and
    • Jenkins 2.235.1, 2.263.3, 2.277.4, and 2.289.3
  • Support for the following browser version is removed:
    • Apple Safari 12, 13
    • Google Chrome 84 to 90
    • Microsoft Edge 84 to 90
    • Mozilla Firefox (including ESR versions) 78 to 88
    • Opera 67 to 77

Installing the product

For installation instructions, see Installing Rational Functional Tester.

  • You cannot upgrade to Rational® Functional Tester 10.5.0 from the previous versions. You must uninstall the existing version of the product before you install the latest version of the product.

  • After you install Rational® Functional Tester 10.5.0, at any point in time if you want to use the previous version of the product, you cannot roll back to the previous version. If you want to use the previous version of the product, you must uninstall the existing version, and then install the required version of the product.

Known issues

You can find information about the known issues identified in this release of Rational® Functional Tester.

Product Download document Knowledge base

Rational® Functional Tester

Release document

Knowledge articles

Known problems are documented in the download document and in the form of individual tech notes in the Support Knowledge Base. See the Support Knowledge Base.

The knowledge base is continually updated as issues are discovered and resolved. By searching the knowledge base, you can quickly find workarounds or solutions to issues.

Contacting IBM Rational Software Support

  • For contact information and guidelines or reference materials that you might need when you require support, read the IBM Support Guide.

  • For personalized support that includes notifications of significant upgrades, subscribe to Product notification.

  • Before you contact IBM Rational Software Support, you must gather the background information that you might need to describe your problem. When you describe a problem to an IBM software support specialist, be as specific as possible and include all relevant background information so that the specialist can help you solve the problem efficiently. To save time, know the answers to these questions:
    • What software versions were you running when the problem occurred?
    • Do you have logs, traces, or messages that are related to the problem?
    • Can you reproduce the problem? If so, what steps do you take to reproduce it?
    • Is there a workaround for the problem? If so, be prepared to describe the workaround.