Run Action Statement In QTP

Action handling in QTP Automation testing :

Runs the specified action in the test.

Note: The RunAction statement can run only actions that are already associated with your test as part of the test flow. Therefore, in order to enter a RunAction statement in the Expert View for an external action, you must first insert a call to the action (Insert > Call to Action) or copy the external action (Insert > Copy of Action) into your test. Using this option associates the action with the test and also inserts a RunAction statement for you. After the the external action is added to the test flow, you can add additional calls to that external action in the Expert View.

If you insert a RunAction statement in the Expert View for an external action that is not already associated with your test as a part of the test flow, the RunAction statement fails. For more information on copying or calling external actions, see the HP QuickTest Professional User Guide.


RunAction ActionName, [Iteration , Parameters]






The name of the action.




-- oneIteration or 0 (Default)—Runs the action only once, using the row in the action's data sheet that corresponds to the global data sheet iteration counter.

If the action's data sheet contains fewer rows than the global sheet, the last row of the action's data sheet will be used for each subsequent iteration.

-- allIterations or 1—Runs iterations on all rows.

-- iteration row range (for example, "1-7")—Indicates the rows for which action iterations will be performed

Note: Iteration is required when calling an external action, but optional when calling a local action (from within the test).




The values and storage locations for the called action's input and output parameters. Input parameters are listed before output parameters.

For an input parameter, specify either a fixed value or the name of another defined parameter (Data Table parameter, environment parameter, or an action input parameter of the calling action) from which the argument should take its value.

For an output parameter, specify either a variable in which you want to store the value or the name of a defined parameter (Data Table parameter, environment parameter, or an action output parameter of the calling action).

Return Value


If the action called by the RunAction statement includes an ExitAction statement, the RunAction statement can return the value of the ExitAction's RetVal argument. For more information, see ExitAction Statement.


The following example calls the SearchFlight action, and runs all iterations of the action.

RunAction "SearchFlight", allIterations

The following example performs the same call as the previous example, but runs only one iteration of the action and saves the returned value to the AxnVal variable.

AxnVal=RunAction ("SearchFlight", oneIteration)

The following example runs one iteration of the action, supplies a string value of MyValue for the input parameter, and stores the resulting value of the output parameter in a variable called MyVariable.

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