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[TechCorner Challenge #3] - Changing the options from outside of TestComplete

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[TechCorner Challenge #3] - Changing the options from outside of TestComplete

Hi TestComplete Community! I bring you another task for our weekly scripting challenge🙂

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Imagine that you need to change the TestComplete options on several machines - for example, set the JVM location. You don’t want to do it manually and decide to create a script and run it on each machine. How could this script look?
We suggest using JScript or VBScript, but you choose PowerShell, Python, etc.


Task: Create a script that changes TestComplete options from outside of TestComplete



It is a bit more difficult than the tasks we posted here before, let's see how quickly you can solve his one!🙂


Upd: More hints!


Follow these steps to solve this:


1. You need to modify the XML file that contains the TestComplete settings - tcSettings.xml. The file is located in
%LOCALAPPDATA%/SmartBear/TestComplete/14.0. You can use the ExpandEnvironmentStrings method of the WScript.Shell object to obtain the %LOCALAPPDATA% environment variable value.


2. Open the XML file and locate the node that should contain the option value.
You can use the selectNodes or selectSingleNode methods of the DOMDocument object to get the needed node.


3. Set the needed value for the node attribute.


4. Save the XML file.

Sonya Mihaljova
Community and Education Specialist


I have a guy in the company who changes my option when I call him, does that count?

SmartBear Alumni (Retired)

@Wamboo not everybody is as lucky😁

Sonya Mihaljova
Community and Education Specialist

SmartBear Alumni (Retired)

Task: Create a script that changes TestComplete options from outside of TestComplete


This is a solution created for [TechCorner Challenge #3]


Hi All,

I always try to find some time for coding. Recently, I've started learning VBA to create macros in Excel 😎 


So, here is a sample of how to read TestComplete settings from a setting file. However, I would like to mention that the structure of the setting file isn't documented and, thus, it can be changed from version to version. It's always better to use TestComplete/TestExecute UI to change settings.


Anyway, here is a VBScript code. Please feel free to post your comments.




Sub readTCsettings

  Dim Doc, localappdata, path, jvmSetting, newJvmPath
  'get a path to local settings
  localappdata = WshShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%LOCALAPPDATA%")
  'get an object to work with XML
  Set Doc = Sys.OleObject("Msxml2.DOMDocument.6.0")
  'make sure that we can read a hidden file
  Call Doc.setProperty("ProhibitDTD", false)
  Doc.async = false
  path = localappdata + "\SmartBear\TestComplete\14.0\tcSettings.xml"
  'load the xml settings file
  'get the node with settings
  Set jvmSetting = Doc.selectNodes("//Node[@name='{2e030b0e-f461-47e8-980a-56851ef43cff}']/Node[@name='{291fd292-a44f-4b82-9232-e8899ca6c851}']/Prp[@name='value']")
  if jvmSetting.length = 0 Then
    Log.Message ("JVM setting wasn't found")
    'log the value of the setting
    Log.Message ("Current JVM settings: " & jvmSetting(0).getAttribute("value"))
  End If
End Sub



Tanya Yatskovskaya
SmartBear Community and Education Manager

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