How to perform Exploratory testing using QMetry Exploratory testing?

Log into QMetry Exploratory testing

Open the Chrome browser.

Click on the QMetry Exploratory testing icon at right.

If you are using QMetry Exploratory testing for the first time, then provide

  • Product: Select QMetry Test Management.
  • Server URL: This is your QMetry Test Management instance.
  • API Key: Generate the API Key in QMetry Test Management (from Automation > Exploratory Testing). 

Click on the Login button.

Exploratory Testing (Record)

Users can record test sessions using QMetry Exploratory testing. These sessions will be recorded and stored in QMetry Test Management instance that you mentioned while logging into the Exploratory testing extension.

Record while you Explore

Once you log into QMetry Exploratory testing, the next window opens asking for details on the test session/test scenario.

  • Project: Select the Project in QMetry Test Management for which you want to conduct exploratory testing.
  • Name: Enter the session name by which the test session/test scenario will be identified.
  • Platform: Mention the Platform against which the test scenario is to be executed.
  • Tags:You can tag the session to categorize it. You can create multiple tags for a session e.g., Import, Export, Integration.
  • Extra Notes: Enter required notes or comments here in the text box.

Click on the Start Recording button to initiate the recording of your actions on the website or application.

Note: It is recommended that you open the site you want to explore before you start recording.

The icon beside the address bar indicates that the recording is now in-progress.

You can add Bugs/Defects, Audio and Annotations to your current recording.

Audio Recording

You can add a voice-over to the recording by clicking on the  icon.


The icon is started displaying beside the address bar.

When you are done with audio recording, click on the icon at the right of the address bar.

It displays the stopwatch. Click on the Stop button to stop audio recording.

To cancel the audio recording, click on the Discard button.

How to play the audio recording?

  1. Open the test scenario/session to which the audio recording was attached.
  2. Open the Document tab.
  3. You can see the Audio Recordings on the screen.
  4. Play the recorded audio. You can also download the recordings.


User can use Assertion to get confirmation on existence of particular components on the website, for example, a particular button, text, etc.

During the on-going recording session, if you find some important components on the website that you can not avoid, then click on the Start Assertion button. It will enable  the as

Once you are done clicking on that element or selecting the text for assertion, and then click on the Assertion button again to stop its functionality.

When you view the recorded sessions, all the Assertions will be displayed as Expected Outcome.

On the QMetry Exploratory testing Extension -

  • Annotations: Annotations can be added while recording the test session. Enter annotation and click Add.
  • Pause: Click on the  icon to pause the session recording for the time being. You can resume the recording at your convenience.
  • Play: Click on the Play icon  to resume the test recording from where it was paused.
  • Stop: Click on the  icon to stop the session recording. The uploading will start on stopping the session recording.

Log Defects

You can log defect to the scenario while recording the test session. The defect gets logged into JIRA.

Note: Logging defect operation will pause your session for a while. If you wish to resume the session, then close the Log Defect screen after logging the bug.

  1. Click on the Bug icon .
  2. The screenshot of current page opens in a separate tab.
  3. The page also have options like any other image editor.

Annotating Screenshot: You can annotate the screenshot you captured using the features available on the editor. It allows to describe any bug or defect more precisely, which ultimately makes it more comprehensive.

User can now log the defect with the following values:

  • Project: Select the project for which the defect is to be logged.
  • Summary: Enter the Summary that represents  brief about the defect.
  • Priority: Select the priority of the issue from the drop-down list.
  • Labels: Select the Labels applicable to the defect. You can select multiple options for the field.
  • Type: Select the issue type from Bug, Enhancement, New Feature.
  • Owner: Select the assignee who will work on the issue from the drop-down list.
  • Description: Describe the defect in detail in this text area.

You can see the count of defects logged for the tests.

On clicking on the defect count in the grid opens the Defect screenshot attached in support of the defect.

You can view the details related to the defect.

Log Defects without Sessions

You may come across certain defects that you can not associate with a session instantly. QMetry Exploratory testing allows you to log defects even without recording a session.

Defects, logged without session, are added to the Issue module in QMetry Test Management.


Open the QMetry Exploratory testing option.

Click on the Log Defect button at top right corner of the QMetry Exploratory testing extension main screen.

It captures the screenshot of the website screen currently open.

Enter defect details same as you do when logging a defect during the session.

Click on the Log Defect button.

A defect is added to the Issue module in the corresponding project.

Automated Documentation

After performing testing task through QMetry Exploratory testing, users can then view the recorded sessions in QMetry Test Management.

Note: You should have the "View" rights for Exploratory Testing for the project to view the sessions recorded by other users of the project.

  1. Log into QMetry Test Management.
  2. Go to Automation > Exploratory Testing > Recorded Sessions.

The screen displays a list of recorded sessions. Users can View, Manage and Create Test Cases from the recorded sessions.

The records display Session Name, the Platform on which it has been tested, Status, and the Date and Time it has been Recorded On. The count of Events recorded and Defects logged for the session are also displayed on the screen.

Filter Session Records

If it is a long list of recorded sessions, then you can apply filter to get the required session.

The following filters can be applied to search required sessions:

  • Session Name
  • Tags: Search test scenario by Tags attached to it.
  • Platform: Search test scenario by Platform that was mentioned while its creation.
  • Status: Search test scenario by its status either "In Progress" or "Completed" or "All"
  • Created By
  • Recorded Duration: Mention the date range within which the test scenario was created.

Just click on the session you want to view the recordings of.

The next screen shows the following tabs on it:

  • Screens
  • Document
  • Event Detail
  • Defects

Edit Session Details

Expand the upper panel by clicking on More Details.

It opens session details fields in editable mode. Hover the mouse over fields and the pencil icon appears for fields which are editable.

Session Name, Note and Tag are editable. Make required changes in the session details.

Delete Sessions

Users can delete test sessions that are no more required.

Go to Automation > Exploratory Testing > Recorded Sessions.

Click on the settings icon at the top right corner and select Delete.

It makes check boxes for session records visible.

From the test records, select the test you want to delete by checking the check box(es).

Click on the Delete button at top right to delete the session(s) selected on the grid.

Screenshot View

The Screens tab contains screens captured during testing activity. The thumbnails are displayed on the sidebar at left.

Click on the thumbnail to view the full image at right.


Your each and every event on the website are recorded in the form of test steps.

The Document tab displays Screen Shot thumbnails with its Step Details, Input Data and Expected Output. The recording creates automated documentation that you can read and interpret easily.

Step Details is your action you perform, Input Data is the website you are exploring and Expected Output is an Assertion that you supplied while recording the session.

All the things are captured in the form of text and described as documentation.

Step Details, Input Data and Expected Output fields are editable. You can modify the field values as per requirement.

Event Detail

The Event Detail tab displays event details of each event carried out during recording the session.

There are three vertical panels adjacent to each other:

  • First panel displays events in sequence.
  • Second panel displays image for the even selected in the first panel.
  • Third panel displays Property and Value for the event selected in the first panel.


The Defects tab displays bugs that you logged while recording the session. This bug is logged in the Issue module of QMetry Test Management.

To open the issue detail page, click on the Entity Key that opens the issue in the Issue module.

Create Test Case from Recorded Session

Users can create test cases in QMetry from the sessions recorded during exploratory testing. It saves time as users get automated test cases without writing them manually.

Pre-requisites: User should have Test Case module "Create" rights and Exploratory Testing "View" rights.

Go to Automation > Exploratory Testing > Recorded Sessions.

Open the session you want to create test case from.

You can see the Create Test Case option at top right corner.

It opens Create Test Case screen with QMetry fields on it.

Session Name is populated as Summary.

Events are populated as Test Steps.

Images  captured during the session are available as attachments with corresponding test steps.