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Notice: This plugin is unmaintained and available for adoption.


I've developed a test case management tool that uses subversion as the testcase repository and uses the ticket framework in trac to create test runs.

Some of the common problems that any testcase management tool faces are:

  1. versioning of the testcases (taken care of by subversion)
  1. reporting (taken care of by trac custom ticket reports)
  1. generating specific test runs is done through the test management plugin

So what is a test run?

A test run is specific set of test cases for a particular milestone or version of the software under test for a particular tester. The test managment plugin creates a trac ticket of type testcase for each of the selected test cases. This is really powerful because you can take full advantage of the custom reporting engine in TRAC to track test results and test progress of each tester.

The advantage of having a testcase management tool in trac is that it removes the need to have yet another system that manages testcases...with all the usual problems of maintaing user account, system upgrades, licensing issues. The other advantage is that it adds more transparency to the testing process as the tool and any testcases are right there for anyone to see.

Test cases are stored in a very simple XML format. And you can specify collection of test cases (for example a smoke test) by specifying which test cases belong to a test template. This information is also specified in an xml file.

Note this plugin is designed to work with Subversion, although I don't use any specific subversion code. Potentially this plugin could work with other TRAC supported configuration management systems. I just haven't tried it.

Configuration steps required

  1. create a testcases directory within an existing subversion project. This is where your testcases and your testtemplates.xml file goes. We typically structure our development projects with a main project directory and then a source and build subdirectory. So when you add the testcases directory you might have something like this:

project/source/ <-- checked into subversion
project/build/ <-- this is not checked in but created when you build the application
project/testcases/ <-- checked into subversion

The nice thing about this is you add a lot more transparency to the testing process as testcases are bundled and versioned with the source code

  1. Add testcases and commit those testcases to your subversion repository using the example format (see attachment for correct XML format of the testcase file).
  1. Create a testtemplate file called testtemplates.xml, then specify which tests belong to which test tempaltes, for example the smoke-test (see attachment for correct XML format of the test templates file). Not all tests have to belong to a template, it's just a convient way to group tests together. This file goes into the same project/testcases directory.
  1. add to the trac.config file a new section:

This is important because Trac can be set up against subdirectories so you often don't link trac to your root subversion folder, so only specify the full path from the root node if that's how trac was set up.

  1. add a new ticket type called testcase
  1. I also add a custom ticket type in the trac.config file for reporting purposes (although this is not required yet...just really useful)
testcase_result.label= Test Case Result
testcase.value = 
  1. enable the plugin either through the trac admin plugin or by modifying the trac.config file:

I've added some helpful debugging/error checking that should help if an error occurs. Probably the most likely error is you'll specify the relative path to the testcases incorrectly.

Bugs/Feature Requests

Existing bugs and feature requests for TestCaseManagementPlugin are here.

If you have any issues, create a new ticket.

Download and Install using easy_install

You can use easy install to install the testManagementPlugin by doing this:

(this version includes bug fixes for 1213 and 1231 )


If you don't know what easy_install is or don't have it installed go to :

Windows users should add the python2X/scripts directory to their path.


You can check out TestCaseManagementPlugin from here using Subversion, or browse the source with Trac.


'Running a weekly smoke test.'

'Step 1(Create your test cases)' Take a look at the example test case I attached at the bottom of this page. It's a very simple XML format for specifying what a test case should be.

A test case has an Id (which should be the file name without any extensions), a component (matching a real component in your TRAC project), a summary, a description, and a field for describing the expected results of the test.

'Step 2(Define any required grouping of testcases in the testtemplates.xml file):'

An example grouping would be specifying that tests: test1, test2, and test3 all belong to the smoketest.

Make sure the tests and template file are checked in.

'Step 3 (Creating a test run)' Click on the TestManagement tab on the main trac menu.

Click on the Test Run link

Select users to assign testcases to (these have to be known users to the trac system).

Select the appropriate version, and/or milestone/sprint for this testrun.

Select the testcases, and/or the appropriate test template.

Click the generate test run button.

This will re-direct you to the custom ticket reporting page with a pre-built query that should show you all the test cases that you just created grouped by user. It will also pick up previously created testcases if they also exactly match the query criteria.

'Step 4 (Run the testcases)'

Open one of the created tickets and using the testcase_result custom field specify whether the test for this test run passed,failed, or was not run for whatever reason.

Close each ticket in the normal way by setting the ticket to "fixed" (or one of the other appropriate resolved states).

'Step 5 Reporting'

For reporting on testcase progress or results use the TRAC custom query page. Just specify where ticket type = 'testcase' assuming you've added that ticket type into your TRAC data base. TRAC is going to be adding the ability to specify which columns appear in the custom query results so this will only get better.

Recent Changes

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