Software Test Management Tools to try (open source)
Open Source Test Management Tools are software applications. When deployed by organisations, they help to manage the testing process of software development projects. The tools assist in planning, organising, executing and tracking testing activities, thus ensuring efficient and effective software testing. They are particularly beneficial for Quality Assurance (QA) teams and testers to streamline their testing efforts and maintain visibility into the testing process. Here then, we look at some of the best software test management tools that are currently available.
Nitrate is a free management tool that is fully open source and can be integrated with defect management tools (i.e., Jira). It has a wide range of features, including:
- Access Control
The automation process allows testers to reference specific test scripts in the script field of their test case. The test runner then extracts the information via Nitrate’s API. As a result, test runs are more precise. With regards to manual testing, it is possible to expand new test cases inside an active test run automatically. A lot of time can therefore be saved as the next test case expands once another test case status is updated. This also allows for test execution in the same order as documented.
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This test management system allows testers to manage test cases from one comprehensive tool suite. Fully open source, QuAck is free to use and essentially allows users to do everything as they would in the UI in API. This is because the tool is based on REST-api. The tool can be integrated with platforms such as Jira.
QuAck has a test suite with pre-set filters and groupings, plus it offers the ability to rebuild test suite trees many times over. A key feature of QuAck is that test cases, test suites and test launches can be compiled into one single project. Testers can then have all entities of a project live separately, without intersections.
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This tool is fully open source, web-based and free to use. It can be integrated with tools such as Jira and Mantis. Testers can create test processes by writing test cases and test plan documents. They can then complete both automated and manual testing on projects. This means that test results can be tracked dynamically, with any team member able to work in Word, Excel and HTML formats. As TestLink is web-based, multiple users can have simultaneous access to functionality. This can then lead to time being saved and continuous testing achieved.
Find out more about TestLink.
This test case management tool provides continuous integration with Jenkins. It has a wide range of features, including:
- A clean and organised Agile dashboard
- Package management
- Test management
Tuleap provides many APIs so that a large amount of actions can be automated. It then also offers the ability to link these with other products such as PowerBI. Within the cloud, the tool is free to use. If you need an on-premise solution, the ‘Expert’ package starts from Euro 23 per user, per month. ‘MyTuleap’ is the cloud version that is quickly and easily implemented via a simple user interface. This is excellent for users with limited technological knowledge.
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A robust test automation tool with a basic package starting at $25 per user, per month. There is also a free trial available, plus a community edition can be found on Github. Zebrunner has integrations including:
- JUnit 4 and JUnit 5
- Zebrunner Selenium Grid
- Zebrunner CyServer
The tool offers Agile and QA teams extensive test execution and reporting capabilities. It allows for test runs to be completed across numerous devices, emulators and browsers. Dashboards reveal real-time information and extensive levels of testing can be achieved. Users do not need to integrate with programs such as Jira, with Zebrunner providing bug reporting that can be exported in Word, Excel and HTML.
Find out more about Zebrunner.
There are many more software test management tools to choose from, with others including:
Ultimately, any tool adopted will only be as effective as its user. The more software testing experience you have, then the more you will get out of it. We have touched upon a small selection within this piece at random, but hopefully it will prove useful.
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