Migrating from Legacy Test Management Tools Such as TestRail to SpiraTest

December 6th, 2017 by inflectra

We always want to make things easy for our customers, and many of our recent customers have been looking to move to SpiraTest for their test management because they are excited about the new exploratory testing features, easy to use drag-and-drop user interface, integrated requirements management, and the powerful reporting and analytics. They are also concerned that their old legacy test management tool will no longer be supported or developed due to a recent company acquisition (TestRail by IDERA, HPE by Micro Focus, etc.). So to augment our line up of migration tools that we already have for HP ALM, Microsoft Test Manager, Excel, Word and Google Sheets, we have added a  new migration tool to streamline switching from TestRail to SpiraTest.

Top 5 Benefits of SpiraTest over TestRail

There are many reasons why we think you will prefer SpiraTest to TestRail, but here's our top five:

1) TestRail Only Handles Test Cases and Test Runs

TestRail is a pretty basic application, it lets you write test cases, organize them into suites and sections, and then execute them, recording results, that's pretty much it:


SpiraTest is much more complete test management system. It lets you write test cases, organize them into folders, assign them quickly and easily to testers using the test sets feature and then the testers can log their defects right inside SpiraTest. Unlike TestRail, you don't have to launch another application (such as JIRA) to log your defects.

Furthermore, SpiraTest includes out of the box support for managing your requirements and defects, you can schedule and orchestrate automated testing using the Automation Hosts feature, and for more advanced data-driven testing you can use Test Configurations to manage your test data, right inside SpiraTest:

Without the support for requirements management, and with lack of a native defect tracking capability, TestRail cannot give you important QA metrics such as requirements test coverage:

2) SpiraTest has Full Support for Test Steps

TestRail has never really had proper native support for test steps. It treats all test cases as one large test step, with the results reported back against the test case as whole, not against specific steps. Over the years, TestRail has added some partial support using custom fields (called custom steps) using a special template:

More recently this custom template was made a standard option for TestRail, but it doesn't provide the full support for test steps that a real test management solution should have.

With SpiraTest, each test case has multiple test steps,each step has its own execution status and actual result when passed. You also have some advanced features that let you have templated test cases with parameters and data-driven testing available out of the box:

3) Easy to Use Drag and Drop User Interface

TestRail has an old-fashioned, traditional web interface, where operations such as editing test cases, moving items, navigating between items requires separate page loads, lots of clicking and pointing:


On the other hand, SpiraTest has a brand new AJAX user interface where we minimize page loads, and operations such as editing can be done inline, and moving test cases between folders is as sample as dragging and dropping the test cases onto the folder name:

Of course, SpiraTest is fully mobile-responsive, using modern web frameworks such as Bootstrap and ReactJS to deliver, fast, fluid experiences.


4) Powerful, Flexible Reporting

TestRail has very limited reporting options, with a simple set of pie and line charts available to the user:


SpiraTest on the other hand, has a powerful set of reporting dashboards where you can select from a large range of graph types (spline, donut, line, bar, etc.) and create a custom reporting dashboard to suit your needs with just a few clicks:

Using the latest JavaScript c3/d3 reporting platform, the SpiraTest graphs and reports offer real-time data highlighting and tooltips that let you drill down into the data.

Finally, there is a built-in report document generator that lets you publish sophisticated reports in PDF, MS-Word, Excel, HTML and XML formats. The custom report writer built into SpiraTest lets you create reports from scratch using the built-in query language so that you can generate all of your company's metrics from within SpiraTest.

5) Built-in Support for Exploratory Testing

Finally, unlike TestRail, SpiraTest includes a new, built-in Exploratory testing mode that lets you perform exploratory and session-based testing from within SpiraTest, and still get the benefits of requirements traceability and real-time reporting:

How to Migrate from TestRail

The new migration tool makes importing your projects from TestRail a breeze. All you do is install the migration tool and connect to your TestRail instance, selecting the name of the project you wish to migrate:



You then connect to your instance of SpiraTest and select which artifacts in the project you want to migrate:


Once you click the Start Import button, the migration wizard will quickly and seamlessly migrate over your project from TestRail to SpiraTest:


What Does The End Result Look Like?

Once the migration is done, your old, legacy project in TestRail:


Will now be a new shiny project in SpiraTest. It will have all your project data migrated over, and you can now have the benefits of working within SpiraTest instead:


Since the terminology and project organization between TestRail and SpiraTest is a bit different, here's a quick guide to how the artifacts migrate over:

TestRail SpiraTest
Project Project
Milestone Release
Test Suite Test Case Folder
Test Section Test Case Sub-Folder
Test Case Test Case
Custom Step Test Step
Test Plan Test Set
Test Run & Test Test Run
Test Result Test Run Step


If you have any questions about migrating from TestRail to SpiraTest, please contact us and we're here to answer your questions.

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