Using Bug-Tracking Software in Automated Tests

Jun 6, 2023 | Product Insights, Test Automation Insights

Bug tracking integration

Bug-tracking software plays a crucial role in the software development and testing process by enabling efficient tracking, management, and resolution of software defects. Beyond simply understanding bug-tracking software, it is important to first understand the benefits of using bug-tracking software in conjunction with automated tests, and specifically how it can enhance your testing efforts when integrated with Ranorex. Developers and testers alike can greatly benefit from leveraging bug-tracking software in their automated testing workflows.

What Is Bug-Tracking Software?

Bug tracking software, also known as issue tracking software, is a tool designed to help development teams track and manage software defects or issues throughout the development lifecycle. It allows users to log, prioritize, assign, and monitor the status of bugs, facilitating effective collaboration and streamlined bug resolution. Some popular bug-tracking software options include Jira, Bugzilla, and Redmine.

What Is the Best Bug-Tracking Software?

Good bug-tracking software should possess several key features and capabilities. These include:

  • Ease of use: Intuitive user interfaces and straightforward workflows ensure that developers and testers can quickly adopt and navigate the software.
  • Customization options: The ability to customize fields, workflows, and issue types allows teams to tailor the bug-tracking software to their specific needs and processes.
  • Collaboration and communication: Robust collaboration features, such as comments, attachments, and notifications, foster effective communication among team members, facilitating prompt bug resolution.
  • Integration capabilities: Seamless integration with other software development and testing tools, such as test automation frameworks like Ranorex, enables a cohesive and efficient testing ecosystem. 

Atlassian Jira Bug Tracking

One widely acclaimed bug-tracking software is Atlassian Jira. It offers a comprehensive suite of bug-tracking and issue-management features, making it a popular choice among development teams. 

Jira seamlessly integrates with Ranorex, allowing testers to directly log bugs and issues from within the Ranorex environment, enhancing collaboration between testers and developers and streamlining the bug resolution process.

Using Software Bug-Tracking Tools in Software Testing

Integrating bug-tracking software with automated testing brings numerous benefits to the testing process. By linking test cases to specific bugs or issues, testers can easily track the impact of automated tests on bug resolution. 

Bug tracking software provides valuable insights into the stability and quality of the software under test, helping prioritize and address critical issues. Additionally, it fosters effective communication between testers and developers, promoting collaboration and facilitating faster bug resolution cycles.

With Ranorex, you gain access to a comprehensive and user-friendly test automation solution with robust test object recognition, cross-browser and cross-platform testing capabilities, extensive reporting and analysis features, and a suite of additional tools to streamline and enhance your test automation process.

How to Use Bug Tracker Software with Ranorex

To leverage bug-tracking software effectively with Ranorex, consider the following steps:

1. Integration Setup

  • Download and install Ranorex Studio with your Jira account ready. 
  • Open Ranorex Studio to create a test project.

2. Connecting Ranorex Studio to Jira

  • Click on “Tools” in the menu.
  • Select “Jira Integration: and click “Start Jira wizard.”
  • On the “Connect to Jira” screen, enter your Jira URL, email, and API token (for Jira Cloud).
  • Click “Sign in” to establish the connection.
  • Enter your Jira username and password when prompted.

3. Configuring Jira Integration in Ranorex Studio

  • Set the “Completed status name” and “Active status name” fields to match the values of complete and active statuses in your Jira project. This allows you to reopen issues directly from the test reports.
  • Define and save the test endpoint, specifying the runtime environment for your tests. 
  • Run the test and generate a test report.

4. Creating Jira Issues from Test Reports

  • Open the test report and locate the failed test case.
  • Expand the failed test case and click the “Create Issue” button. This action opens the Jira issue in your default browser.

5. Resolving Issues

  • If a test case passes in a subsequent test run, you can resolve the Jira issue directly from the test report. Simply click the “Resolve Issue” button to close the issue.

6. Reopening Issues

  • If a bug reappears, you can reopen the issue by clicking on the “Reopen Issue” button in the test report.
  • Ensure that your Jira project supports this workflow transition, and verify that the “Active” and “Completed” status settings in the Preference dialog match your Jira project.

Why Choose Ranorex?

When it comes to selecting a test automation tool, Ranorex stands out as an excellent choice. Ranorex offers a comprehensive test automation solution that caters to a wide range of applications, including desktop, web, and mobile. Its user-friendly interface simplifies the automation process, allowing both technical and non-technical users to create and execute tests with minimal effort.

Ranorex Testing Tools

In addition to its bug-tracking integrations, Ranorex has several notable tools that make it a powerful ally for any testing team. These include:

  • RanoreXPath: This is a powerful object recognition technology that enables the user to locate and interact with UI elements using a flexible and reliable path-based approach.
  • Test data management: This allows you to define and manage test data sets, making it easier to execute tests with different input values and test various scenarios without the need for complex scripting.
  • Test suite execution: This feature enables you to organize and structure your tests effectively, improving test management and execution efficiency.
  • Integration with version control systems: This integration allows teams to collaborate effectively, manage test scripts, and track changes, ensuring version control and traceability throughout the test automation process.
  • Cross-platform testing: In addition to desktop and web applications, Ranorex provides support for mobile application testing. It includes tools and features for automating tests on Android and iOS platforms, enabling you to ensure the quality of your mobile applications.

Start a Free Trial Today

Are you ready to employ Ranorex Studio for your automated testing and take advantage of its bug-tracking software integrations? If you are interested in trying it out for yourself, contact us today for a free trial.

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