17 Best Exploratory Testing Tools (2020 Rank)

List and comparison of some of the top Exploratory Testing Tools:

Exploratory testing is a type of testing that design the test and apply the testing processes to the software. The main objective of exploratory testing is software assessment like what software does, what it doesn't, working off the software, etc.

In simple words, exploratory testing performs test design and execution simultaneously without much planning. Due to this exploratory testing is widely used.

Exploratory Testing Tools

Exploratory Testing

The exploratory testing process has four main steps as below:

  • Learn- This step identifies the user and objective. Also, find out the requirements for the test.
  • Test design- Test design briefly describes the test instead of a test case. It links the test to the requirements.
  • Test Execution- Test execution executes the test and finds out the results.
  • Test Analysis- This step analysis the test and results. It creates reports of the defects.

All the exploratory testing tools follow the above test process.

Also read => Exploratory vs Scripted testing

In this article, we are providing the list of the top open source free and commercial exploratory testing software tools. 

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Best Exploratory Testing Tools

The list is as follows:

  • Testpad
  • PractiTest
  • JIRA Capture
  • Rapid reporter
  • q-Test explorer
  • Session tester
  • Test studio explore
  • QTrace
  • Testuff
  • Rapise
  • Bug Magnet
  • Defect Scribe
  • Microsoft test manager
  • TestRail

Let's start.

#1) Testpad

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Testpad’s flexible style of test plans (think spreadsheet + outliner + checklist) make a great way to track your exploratory testing. Get the most out of your humans; let them tenaciously explore for bugs while steering them with a checklist of functionality not to miss. Testpad has a slick modern UI with keyboard-driven editing and drag’n’drop organization. Reporting is simple but surprisingly effective, and there’s lightweight integration with issue trackers including JIRA.

System requirement: online only, so any modern web browser

Price: tiered subscription plans, with a free starter plan

=> Visit Testpad Website

#2) PractiTest


PractiTest: Test management tool with an integral exploratory testing feature. Define charters, document different kinds of annotations and report bugs directly from your runs. Add session based testing to your testing efforts seamlessly for full QA coverage.

System Requirements: SaaS only. no system requirements

Price: Free for 2 weeks. Adjustable pricing plans.

=> Visit PractiTest Website

#3) JIRA Capture

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JIRA Capture or Capture for JIRA is a team exploratory team-testing tool that records all sessions together. Annotated screenshots, browser extension, and fast bug reporting are the most important features of the JIRA Capture. The latest update on JIRA capture is server plugin. This server plugin sent reports directly to the server from the running application.

System requirement: JIRA Capture supports all types of operating system and web-based applications.

Price: You can free try JIRA Capture and after trial, you can purchase it.

Download link: JIRA Capture

#4) Rapid Reporter

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Rapid Reporter is a Session Based Test Management (SBTM) testing tool. For completing the exploratory testing process, the Rapid Reporter uses SBTMto review the notes. During the uninterrupted testing session, SBTM takes these notes. Providing good notes during the test session and building report are the main features of the Rapid Reporter.

System requirement: Rapid reporter supports the Windows OS (7/XP/Vista) or Mac OS. For windows, .Net 3.5 or above framework required.

Price: Rapid reporter can be freely downloadable.

Download link: Rapid reporter

#5) q-Test eXplorer

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q-Test eXplorer is one of the popular exploratory testing tools that extend the capabilities of the q-Test Management Platform. The q-Test eXplorer provides a single platform for both unscripted and scripted testing. It also allows the testing session for both desktop and mobile platform. q-Test eXplorer has a documentation creation tool through which detailed and multi-screen capture can be done easily. These tools capture every screen and step that is required to reproduce a defect.

System requirement: q-Test eXplorer runs on all Windows Operating System.

Price: q-Test eXplorer is available for a 30-day free trial.

Download link: q-Test eXplorer

#6) Session Tester

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Session tester is a simple and free exploratory testing tool. It manages and records the Session-Based Testing. The timer is one of the features of the Session tester through which you can set a particular time length for the test session according to your need. Through Session tester, you can easily record session notes in XML format. This XML format is convertible. You can convert into any other formats like HTML.

System requirement: Session tester supports all Windows OS XP/Vista/7/8.

Price: Session tester is an open source and free testing tool.

Download link: Session tester

#7) Test Studio Explore

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Test studio, explore is an automated testing tool that supports all latest technologies such as AJAX, HTML5, JavaScript, Silverlight, MVC, Android, Ruby, and PHP. Test studio can be used in for all types of applications such as desktop, the web or mobile applications. Visual Studio integrates Test studio tool. It has a Test Recorder feature that writes all tests in code that can immediately customize in the Visual Studio.

System requirement: Test studio requires Windows OS with .net 4.5 frameworks.

Price: Test studio is available for a free trial.

Download link: Test studio explore

#8) QTrace

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QTrace is another testing tool of QASymphony. One of the most important features of the trace is an intelligent screen capture tool. The tool records information like user actions, windows capture, desktop region, or whole region of a window that happens during testing. QTrace editor generates and produces the report of any defect during the testing process.

System requirement: Windows OS 7/XP/Vista supports QTrace testing tools.

Price: Qtrace is a shareware tool and available for a free trial.

Download link: QTrace

#9) Testuff

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Testuff is a simple testing tool that works with the software as a service of cloud computing. In simple words, clients pay the only amount of requested services. The name of this service is an on-demand service. Using Testuff, users can easily do the test case, test planning, and their execution, time management. Bug tracker of the Testuff creates the report after collecting the detected bugs.

System requirement: Testuff supports all operating system like Mac OS, Windows OS, Web-based and Mobile–web applications.

Price: Testuff is available for the free trial and it is available on subscription-based.

Download link: Testuff

#10) Rapise

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Inflecta is the developer of Rapise tool. Rapise is a flexible testing tool provides automated test recording through which user can create test scripts, cross-browser testing and integration testing. Rapise has many automatic tools like object manager, data-driven testing, drag and drop, API testing etc. One of the main features of Rapise is that it is extensible; it means the user can easily extend it through any third party libraries. It also supports cross-platform applications. Java, SWT, and Flex etc. are some different languages write these cross-platforms.

System requirement: Rapise runs on all Windows OS, Mobile OS (Android or Apple iOS) and Web applications(Browser, Ajax or hybrid web pages)

Price: Rapise is available for a free trial.

Download link: Rapise

#11) Incremental Scenario Testing Tool

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Incremental scenario testing tool provides a facility to complete the exploratory testing by creating efficient test plans and sessions. A hybrid and innovative tool automatically perform complex testing. It selects the test according to their complexity that has a higher complexity. It gives a high-level test scenario. The root, tester, test manager, developer, or guest have a different use of Incremental scenario testing tools.

System requirement: Incremental scenario testing tool supports all platforms.

Price: Incremental scenario testing tool is a free testing tool.

Download link: Incremental scenario testing tool Link 1

#12) Bug Magnet

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Bug magnet is a web-based testing tool that can be extended in the web-browser. The limitations and edge cases for exploratory testing are easily accessible by the Bug-magnet. There is very little overhead per page in the Bug-magnet. The bug – magnet does not depend on any third party libraries. The user can easily extend their configuration files through Bug Magnet. Bug-magnet works on the input fields, text areas, and multi-frames of the same domain.

System requirement: Bug Magnet is extensible on web browsers (Chrome or Firefox).

Price: Bug Magnet is an open source and free testing tool.

Download link: Bug Magnet

#13) Defect Scribe

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Defect testing is an automatic and simple testing tool that efficiently does exploratory testing. Defect testing has a free add-on named TestTrack. TestTrack records all test cases, captures detailed user actions, and creates bug reports. It also creates a history of the test session.

System requirement: Defect Scribe supports Windows OS and web-based applications.

Price: Defect Scribe is a free testing tool.

Download link: Defect Scribe

#14) Microsoft test manager

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Microsoft test manager (MTM) is a testing tool of Microsoft. It stores and runs the test plans. It records the user actions, captures screenshots, and stores the log and diagnostic data. The Team Foundation Server generates a report after the testing process.

System requirement: Microsoft test manager supports all applications such as Windows OS, Web-based, Mobile OS.

Price: Microsoft test manager comes with the Visual Studio Enterprise or Visual Studio Test Professional.

Download link: Microsoft test manager

#15) TestRail

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TestRail is a web-based testing tool that has a modern and user-friendly interface. TestRail can be installed directly on the server hence it uses the database to store application data. In TestRail, the tester can use agile or other methodology for testing. It is customizable, which makes it easy to access.

System requirement: TestRail supports Windows OS, Linux-based OS, and Web-based applications.

Price: Free trial is available for TestRail testing tool.

Download link: TestRail

#16) Micro Focus Sprinter

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Micro Focus Sprinter is a testing tool that performs exploratory testing by capturing user actions. During the testing process, Micro Focus Sprinter automatically generates user actions and defects. Micro Focus Sprinter has some automatic features like defect scanner, auto-generated documentation. The data injection deletes the repeated test, generated by Micro Focus Sprinter.

System requirement: Micro Focus Sprinter supports all platforms.

Price: Micro Focus Sprinter is a free testing tool to add on offers.

Download link: Micro Focus Sprinter

#17) Qualitest

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Qualitest is also an automatic testing tool that runs the multiple lengthy and complex test cases and identical tests on multiple configurations. This automation of testing improves the accuracy of testing and reduces the development life cycle. In addition, it can test a large amount of data and generate test data documentation.

System requirement: Qualitest supports Windows OS, Linux-based OS and embedded systems.

Price: Qualitest is an open source and free testing tool.

Download link: Qualitest

#18) Evernote as a supporting tool

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Evernote is a supporting testing tool that creates and stores tests. Evernote performs automatic testing in a checklist-oriented manner instead of systematic instructions. Evernote has bug-tracking tools that trigger the test session and include bug details whenever a new bug arises. Dropbox and feedback are other features of the Evernote that help in the creation of the new session.

System requirement: Evernote is as accessible on all platforms such as Windows OS, Linux-base, web-based and mobile applications.

Price: the basic edition of Evernote is available free. However, for Plus and Premium edition, you have to pay for it.

Download link: Evernote as a supporting tool


In the above article, we try to cover the top exploratory testing tools that are using either by the tester or by the developer. If you think that, it is useful for you then share your opinion about all exploratory testing tools listed above and not listed above.

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