Popular Defect Tracking Tools
Defect tracking tools are applications which help us to record, report and monitor the bugs in a software development project. Before looking into the popular defect tracking tools list, I would like to raise some questions. Are you working in a company where excel sheets are using to track the defects? I don’t say using excel is not a good way of tracking bugs but why could not we try issue tracking tools, when we have best alternative open source tools. Everything in an organization is related to ROI (return on investment). So, most of the start-ups don’t invest on defect tracking tools and they simply use excel sheets to move on. Are you using any tool for tracking bugs? Is the tool you are using available in the below list else let us know the tool which you are using and we will include it in our list.
You are a part of your organization. Why could not you suggest one defect tracking tool to your team from the list below? A good tool helps your team get organized and communicate effectively.
Also, it adds a feather on your hat by mentioning about defect tracking tool in your interview process or preparation of a resume.
Earlier I have posted Sample Resume for Software Testers Freshers and Experienced Professionals.
Don’t get confused with defect and bug. Check this post to get out of that chaos.
I always argue that just finding the bugs is not a job of a QA. A lot more a QA can do. But one of our primary jobs is to find bugs in software. 😉
List of Popular Defect Tracking Tools:
I am listing both free bug tracking tools and commercial bug tracking tools. Commercial tools have free trails too. Using free trial you could play around before choosing a commercial tool.
Bugzilla is an open source web-based bug tracking tool developed by Mozilla. It is one of the leading bug tracking tools used by many organizations.
It provides lots of features such as Advanced search capabilities, Email notifications, Scheduled Reports (Daily, Weekly, Hourly, etc.) by Email, Reports and Charts, Automatic Duplicate Bug Detection, File/Modify Bugs By Email, Time Tracking, Request System, Private Attachments and Comments and much more.
HP ALM is an application management solution to help you to define, build, test, and deliver applications fast and with confidence across the entire Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). It’s a premium tool and has a free trial.
Type: Commercial and free trial available
JIRA (developed by Atlassian):
According to Atlassian, JIRA is used for issue tracking and project management by over 50,000 customers. Companies like Twitter, Nasa, Audi, The Telegraph, and much more are using JIRA Software. Why still thinking, give a try. It is a commercial tool and it provides a free trail.
Type: Commercial and free trial available
MantisBT is an open source web-based issue tracking tool. It also provides a mobile version. Users are able to get started in minutes to manage their projects. Compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera and IE 7+. It has features like email notifications, chat, mobile version etc.,
Type: It has both Free & Commercial versions (You get 30 days free trial on commercial plans too)
Trac is an open source, web-based project management, and issue tracking tool. The features include project management, bug tracking, search engine for tickets, email notifications etc.,
Type: Free (check @ official website)
Redmine is an open source, web-based project management, and issue tracking tool. Some of the main features of Redmine are multiple projects support, flexible role based access control, flexible issue tracking system, Gantt chart, multi language support, issue creation via email etc.,
FogBugz is a web-based project management and issue tracking tool. It comes with features like a powerful search engine, issue tracking, Agile project planning, project management, support help desk, time tracking, discussion groups. Used by over 20,000 software development teams.
Type: Commercial but you get free for 2 users (on demand). Check the pricing page and confirm with the FogBugz support team if you feel to use it.
YouTrack is a web-based bug tracking tool and project management software developed by JetBrains. It allows you to install on your server. It includes features like Bug & Issue Tracking, Agile boards, Reporting, Time Management.
Type: Free (Stand-alone installed on your server for 10 users) & Commercial
BugNET is a free, open source issue tracking and project issue management solution for the ASP.NET platform.
Over To You:
I have just mentioned popular Issue Tracking tools here. If you are using any other issue tracker tools which are not listed here. Please let us know in the comments section.
I would like to conclude here. If you find any other defect tracking tools so handy and useful, please comment below. Here I have hand-picked few posts which will help you to learn more about Software Testing.
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Disclaimer: The order of tools doesn’t suggest any recommendations. You may choose any tool as per your requirements.