While you can use spreadsheets as a way to manage test cases for a small team, it can quickly turn into a huge burden as your team grows and you iterate on your app. Other tools like JIRA can be configured to support test cases, but will not offer testing-specific features.
Eventually, you will need to look for a specialized test case management tool to help you track, maintain, and automate your test cases. In this post, we will take a look at some of the leading test case management tools and their key features.
Top Test Case Management Tools
TestRail is a flexible, web-based test case management tool with an intuitive UI. It works well for both agile and waterfall approaches, allowing you to easily create, link, and reuse test cases and group them in an organized structure. Additionally, it lets you track your test results in real-time, and generates detailed reports on your test runs, team workload, code coverage, and more. You can assign test cases to your testers and manage your team with TestRail’s flexible user roles and permissions.
TestRail is available in the cloud and on-premise, and with a powerful REST API, native JIRA plugin, and integrations with many popular issue trackers, it tries to fit into any stack.
- Intuitive UI and low learning curve
- Detailed, real-time metrics and reports
- No requirements management capability
- $30/user/month for TestRail Cloud with discounts for more than 20 users
- $290/user/year for TestRail Server with a minimum of 5 users
TestLodge is a simple yet powerful test case management tool that offers a comprehensive solution. With TestLodge, you can input requirements and use templates to create test plans, as well as link and reuse test cases. Its real-time dashboards and graphs help you keep track of testing progress, and its activity feed helps you manage your team effectively. You can assign test cases to team members, view their workload, and set granular permissions per project.
TestLodge integrates with 20 bug and issue trackers, including JIRA, Trello, Asana, and Basecamp. It also offers a REST API so you can integrate it with your test automation tools.
- Easy to use and offers test-run templates to get you started
- Real-time dashboards, detailed reports, and team activity feed
- Can be cumbersome when scaled to complicated apps and big teams
- $24/month for the “personal” plan, limited to 50 test plans, 200 cases, and 100 runs
- $49/month for the Basic plan, limited to 150 test plans, 600 cases, and 300 runs
- $99/month for the Plus plan, limited to 500 test plans, 3,000 cases, and 1,000 runs
- $199/month for the Premium plan, limited to 1,500 test plans, 10,000 cases, and 3,000 runs. All plans include unlimited users.
Testcollab is a relatively new player and is another great test case management tool. It might not be as sophisticated as the more established tools on the market, but it covers all the basics well. Testcollab’s team is actively developing the tool and adding more features at a very good pace.
Testcollab allows you to easily input requirements, create test plans, and create, link, and reuse test cases. It also offers fairly robust metrics and charts to track testing progress and reveal insights. Integrations with popular bug tracking tools help Testcollab fit into your workflow, and its REST API makes it possible to integrate with test automation tools.
- Easy to set up and use
- Adds useful features at a good pace
- Lacks some of the more advanced management features
- Testcollab offers a free plan that is limited to 200 test cases and 400 executions
- $25/user/month for the Startups plan, with discounts for more than 4 users
- $10/user/month for the Enterprise plan, with a minimum of 50 users
Released in 2017, TestCaseLab is a fresh addition to the list of test case management tools available. However, it still offers a robust set of features, allowing you to create test plans, test runs, and test cases, as well as linking and reusing test cases.
Although lacking in-depth metrics, TestCaseLab’s simple dashboard gives you an overview of your projects to track progress. Team management features are unfortunately limited to an activity stream and still lack more granular controls. Integrations are likewise somewhat limited but include popular tools like JIRA, Trello, and Asana.
- No user limit on all plans
- No test automation integration available
- No requirements management module
- $28/month for the “basic” plan, limited to 500 test cases and no support
- $59/month for the Plus plan, limited to 1,000 test cases and mail or Skype support
- $99/month for the Premium plan, limited to 3,000 test cases and offering on-demand phone support
- The Enterprise plan is limited to 10,000 test cases and offers priority support. Contact TestCaseLab for a quote.
Practitest is a sophisticated test case management tool that features comprehensive, powerful test case management capabilities. It covers all the test case management basics to create, organize, and run test cases in a highly customizable way. Its in-depth charts and dashboards are very powerful and can be scheduled and embedded in a wiki. Moreover, it offers highly granular permissions and access control to manage your team and testing efforts.
Practitest integrates well with a wide range of tools for automation, CI, bug tracking, and team communication, and offers a powerful REST API to integrate other tools. Its out-of-the-box integrations include Eggplant, Jenkins, Slack, JIRA, and many popular bug trackers.
- Extensive test case management capabilities
- A wide range of integrations out-of-the-box
- Automation integration and API access not available on the introductory plan
- Two-way integrations are not available on the introductory plan
- $39/user/month for the Professional plan, with limited integration capabilities and a minimum of 3 users
- $49/user/month for the Enterprise plan, with a minimum of 3 users, unlocking full integrations
- The Unlimited plan, unlocks extra features like enterprise-grade security and SSO. Quotes are available upon request.
Tricentis qTest is a full-featured enterprise-grade test case management tool with a user-friendly interface. It is highly customizable and offers all the capabilities you need to manage your testing efforts and your team. It also offers powerful tracking and reporting capabilities with in-depth dashboards and reports to keep track of your progress. Team management and access control provided by qTest is also granular and effective as you would expect from an enterprise-focused tool.
When it comes to integrations, qTest really shines with its extensive out-of-the-box integrations with bug tracking, CI, automation, and communication tools, as well as offering REST APIs to integrate your favorite tool. These include JIRA, Rally, Bamboo, Jenkins, Cucumber, Katalon, and more.
- Powerful, comprehensive test case management features
- Extensive integrations out-of-the-box
- Not very affordable for smaller teams
- qTest price quotes are available upon request
HipTest is a testing tool that is focused on test case management for teams practicing BDD. It natively supports Gherkin syntax to create features and scenarios and allows you to import and generate feature files for use with your automation tool of choice. HipTest provides you with an easy to use scenario editor with reusable steps, step auto-suggestions, and test refactoring.
HipTest supports more than 20 tools and frameworks for test automation, including Cucumber, SpecFlow, TestComplete, and more. Moreover, it offers out-of-the-box integrations with JIRA (plus a JIRA plugin), Trello (including embedding cards or boards directly into HipTest), Slack, and Jenkins, in addition to a powerful REST API to create your own custom integrations.
- Built for BDD and automation with support for a wide range of automation tools and frameworks
- Powerful, easy-to-use scenario editor to create your feature files with ease
- Metrics and reporting features are relatively basic and can use some more depth
- HipTest offers a free tier that is limited to 3 users, with self-serve support and no native BDD or API access
- €14($16)/user/month for the Lite plan with up to 200 users, billed annually and adding API access and email support
- €24($27)/user/month for the Pro plan, billed annually and unlocks native BDD features and unlimited read-only users
- The Enterprise plan adds unlimited users, on-premise installation, and priority support for a flat fee, available upon request
TestPad takes a different approach when it comes to test case management, with a focus on streamlining manual and exploratory test cases that might not yet be possible to automate. It touts itself as a “spreadsheet–checklist hybrid on steroids” with a pragmatic and agile approach. On TestPad, tests are laid out as one line prompts that can be easily rewritten or reorganized, and you can create templates for common testing patterns. Additionally, it highlights Gherkin syntax to improve the readability of BDD test cases.
TestPad integrates with JIRA, GitHub, and Pivotal Tracker for issue management and although they do not currently offer an API for automation, they are working on one that should be released soon.
- A simple, lightweight tool that is great for manual and exploratory testing
- Gherkin syntax highlighting
- Limited integrations available and no APIs offered yet
- $59/month for the Essential plan, with up to 3 testers, email support and no support for attachments or guest testers
- $119/month for the Team plan, with up to 10 testers, enabling attachments and guest testers
- $299/month for the Department plan, with up to 25 testers, attachments, and guest testers
- TestPad also offers a Custom plan starting from $15/user/month, billed annually in units of 10 users. It provides the ability to keep multiple accounts and priority support. Quotes are available upon request.