10 Best Exploratory Testing Tools

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Exploratory testing tools allow automating exploratory testing through features like annotating feedback and capturing screenshots during test sessions. Testers often combine exploratory testing with automated testing to increase their test coverage, which improves the extrinsic and intrinsic value of the software.

It is used for testing, designing and test execution that promotes creativity and experimentation. Therefore, it’s crucial to check for the features that facilitate effective planning, execution and reporting tests.

An ideal exploratory testing tool must cover built-in features that support

  • Effective communication between team

  • Manage and invite testers

  • Define stories

  • Documentation

  • Assign objectives

  • Record test steps via screenshots or videos

10 Best Exploratory Testing Tools


PratiTest is a SAAS only test management tool featuring an extensive range of exploratory testing elements. It allows you to documents a wide scale of annotations and defines charters. Besides, you can easily report bugs directly from the runs. To get full QA coverage, you can also add session-based testing.

Free trial − Yes

Price − PractiTest comes with three plans. The professional plan costs $39 per month for one user, while the enterprise plan will cost you $49 per user per month. It also comes with an unlimited plan, for which you can contact the team.


Testpad is an excellent tool for manual testing. It allows you to write tests in an overly easy way, which you can pass to others. Testpad is famous for testing new features, regression testing, and bugs. It comes with flexible test plans such as a spreadsheet, outline and checklist, allowing to you track your exploratory testing with ease. Reporting is relatively easy and slick on the Testpad. Thanks to its lightweight integration loaded with issue trackers like JIRA.

Free Trial − Yes

Price − Testpad comes with four subscription plans- Custom ($15 per user per month), Essential ($49 per month), Team ($99 p.m), and Department ($249 per month).

Test IO

Test IO is a software testing platform that allows development teams to run on-demand QA testing throughout the entire software development cycle. The tool allows you to allocate human testers in real-world conditions as per your business needs. Apart from being a reliable exploratory testing tool, you can use it for usability and performance testing for platforms like website, mobile, IoT, and wearables. Overall, it is an advanced tool for your QA and workflow integration requirements.

Price − It is available in three plans- starter, professional and elite.

Exploratory Testing (Chrome)

The exploratory testing by Chrome is a free tool that comes in the form of a browser extension. It allows you to capture screenshots during your testing sessions, report bugs, and take ideas, notes and questions at a single click. Since it automatically tracks the URL, it enables testers to save and import sessions in a jiff. Besides, you can also export your sessions to HTML, CSV and JSON.

Price − Free

Tricentis Exploratory Testing for Jira

Tricentis Exploratory Testing for Jira is an add-on that let you perform tests on agile development projects. This add supports full-scale session-based testing. Meanwhile, you can also opt for exclusive add-ons like JIRA Cloud and JIRA Server. Tricentis helps you execute large-scale testing, which is a boon for running continuous tests for big enterprises.

Apart from offering full-scale session-based testing, it also comes with features like managing/inviting multiple testers, capturing screenshots manually, annotating videos, taking screenshots and recording test actions automatically.

Session Tester

Session Tester is a free exploratory testing tool that enables easy management and recording session-based testing. It features a session timer that allows you to set a specific time length of your testing session. Its session tester feature further allows you to record session notes in convertible XML format.

QTest Explorer

If you need something more than manual screen grabs or free yourself your tedious documentation, then QTest Explorer is your answer. It is an intelligent exploratory testing tool that captures test sessions and reports bugs, thereby improving your overall testing speed. Apart from that, it allows you to capture exploratory testing sessions and record user interactions automatically. You can integrate it with Jira, CA Agile Central, and Rally for receiving automatic updates. Overall, QTest Explorer is an innovative tool that turns your test sessions into protractor test scripts and automated selenium.


Zephyr is a renowned name for providing high-end test management tools facilitating quality and speedy software testing process. It supports continuous testing allowing you to run agile, automation, DevOps and analytics. You can also use it natively inside JIRA and Atlassian Tools. Its scalable feature makes it perfect to be run by a small and large-scale team. Deploying Zephyr is relatively easy as it supports cloud, on-premise server, distributed networks and data centres.

Free trial − Yes

Price − Zephyr comes with two pricing plans- Zephyr for Jira costs 10 dollars per month, while to avail of the enterprise version, you have to contact the official team.


Evernote is a decent exploratory testing tool that allows you to create and store tests. Rather than following systematic instruction, Evernote let you allocate tests in a checklist and perform automatic testing as per your unique requirements. It is also a great tool to track bugs. The tool automatically triggers when a bug is detected. It also includes features like Dropbox and feedback, allowing to you create new sessions at the expense of a few clicks. The best part is it is available on all platforms such as Windows, Linux, mobile applications and web-based applications.

Free trial − You can use the basic edition for free.

Price − The premium editions cost $7.99 per month, and the business plan costs $14.99 per user per month.

Bug Market

Bug Market is a web-based exploratory testing tool for Chrome. You can add common problematic values and edge cases to the context menu. It comes in handy while using editable elements and allows you to access them at ease during testing sessions. It works on editable DIVs, text areas and input files. Besides, you can extend it with customized config files, facilitating easy storage of complex inputs without following complex procedures.

Price − It is an open-source testing tool that comes free of cost.

Updated on 13-Jul-2021 07:33:08